Low Incidence Limited Residency Licensure Program

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Program Overview

The Limited Residency License (LRL) in low incidence disabilities* at the University of Kansas is an alternate teacher license program that prepares aspiring special education teachers who currently work as paraprofessionals and do not already hold a valid teacher license. Those applicants who already have a teacher license and wish to add a low-incidence special education endorsement should apply to our low-incidence special education program.

The KU LRL in low-incidence disabilities meets the educational needs of students with extensive and pervasive support needs through an inclusive education that seeks and builds upon student strengths, preferences, values, and beliefs. These students have historically been designated as having a significant cognitive disability or multiple disabilities, including students with autism with concurrent cognitive, sensory, and physical support needs.

Through real-world experiences in classrooms and mentorship, graduates gain knowledge of strategies to support the learning, curricular and developmental needs of students with extensive and pervasive support needs using an inclusive, strengths-based approach.

KU’s licensure programs strive to maintain accurate and up-to-date information about the educational requirements for licensure in U.S. states and territories. However, regulations are subject to change and varying interpretations. In addition to possible changes in educational requirements, licensure often includes additional requirements, such as specific examinations and additional training or practicum hours. It is highly recommended that students seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency before beginning an academic program to ensure they know what is needed to obtain the license/certification/registration in the state in which they intend to practice and/or seek licensure.

Scholarship Opportunity

Individuals interested in applying to the graduate certificate in low incidence disabilities are encouraged to apply for a scholarship.

Joseph R. Pearson Hall
Department of Special Education
University of Kansas
School of Education and Human Sciences
Joseph R. Pearson Hall , Room 521
1122 West Campus Rd.
Lawrence , Kansas 66045-3101

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