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Effective July 2017: The University of Kansas is not currently accepting applications for graduate admission to the on-campus Master's in High Incidence Disabilities*. Individuals interested in the fully online Master's in High Incidence Disabilities offered at KU can learn more here.


Graduate preparation in high-incidence disabilities focuses on meeting the educational needs of students with learning and/or behavioral disabilities, including mild cognitive disabilities and attention deficits.

This special education master’s program focuses on research-based strategies, tier-based instructional interventions, professional and family collaborations, and effective behavioral interventions to promote access to the general curriculum for students with disabilities, as well as knowledge and strategies that address the unique learning and support systems that are necessary to educate students with special needs.

Focused on what we know works, this specialized master’s of teaching program also examines the critical elements of universal design for learning, multi-tiered support systems, and related components, developing educators with a specific skills set to assist at-risk students as well as those with specific disabilities. Students can obtain this master’s in special education (with or without eligibility for Kansas endorsement in adaptive special education) or may study for endorsement only. Program graduates facilitate student access to the general education curriculum. They work as co-teachers, consultants and resource teachers who help classroom teachers adapt content and conditions.

This program is accredited by the Kansas State Department of Education and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation. The KU School of Education is accredited under the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) Standards through the CAEP Accreditation System.

View a list of required courses for the endorsement and master's in this emphasis area of special education from the KU School of Education.


Graduate students typically seek or are assigned an adviser upon entrance to the program. See the faculty section for a listing of faculty members.

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Cost per credit hour
Resident or MetroKC Nonresident
$548.65 $1,090.90

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Kim Huggett
Graduate Student Services Manager