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Low Incidence Disabilities

Low Incidence Disabilities Program Curriculum

The Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas provides students with opportunities to gain experience in real world settings including classrooms and other service delivery models with children and youth with and without disabilities. Borrowing from the old adage that practice makes perfect, students are able to hone their teaching skills almost from the first semester in the master's program. 

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
*SPED 730 Characteristics, Methods & Assessment:Intro Struggling Learners & Students High Incidence Disabilities 3
*SPED 742 Assessment and Methods of Teaching Students with Low Incidence Disabilities in Inclusive Settings 3
*SPED 675/775 Practicum with Exceptional Children; Youth: Low Incidence 3
SPED 735 Introduction to Teaching Learners with Low Incidence Disabilities in Inclusive Settings 3
SPED 743 Methods: Functional Behavioral Assessment, Positive Behavior Support and Classroom Management 3
SPED 842 Methods in Access and Inclusion in the Core Curriculum 3
SPED 844 Advanced Methods in Access and Inclusion in the Core Curriculum 3
SPED 854 Family and Interprofessional Collaboration in Special Education 3
SPED 856 Transition Education and Services from Childhood through Adulthood 3
SPED 875 Practicum with Children and Youth with Disabilities 3
EPSY 715 Understanding Research in Education 3
SPED 898 OR SPED 899 OR SPED 798 Master's Project OR Master's Thesis OR Comprehensive Written Exam 3
  TOTAL PROGRAM CREDIT HOURS 36

*Provisional endorsement courses. Other courses may be required based on individual review of advanced education degrees.

Provided here are descriptions of the field-based courses that prepare students for endorsement in low incidence disabilities. Students preparing to teach children and youth with autism typically complete one or more practicum experiences in autism as well as a practicum in the curriculum area of low Incidence, as determined by the academic advisor. For information on these field experiences, contact Deborah Griswold, Ph.D., at dgriz@ku.edu or 785-864-0701.

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