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WHY CHOOSE US

The Department of Special Education at the University of Kansas consistently ranks as one of the top graduate-level special education programs in the country. In the 2011 edition of the U.S. News and World Report America’s Best Graduate Schools, Kansas was selected as the top graduate-level special education programs for public universities.

Each year, the Department continues to enhance it’s master’s programs to ensure the best preparation of special education teachers, teacher educators, administrators, and field researchers.

Students who receive their professional development through the Department have the opportunity to learn and work closely with national and internationally renowned faculty.

The Department’s commitment to effective teaching, excellent field supervision and support for the novice special educators, innovation, and leadership make the University of Kansas a great place to begin or further a special education career.

To explore how your academic and career goals fit with this degree contact:

Pam Cullerton Special Education Master’s Advisor Joseph R. Pearson Hall Room 523 (785) 864-4342 or pcullert@ku.edu

R. Pearson Hall Room 523 (785) 864-4342 or pcullert@ku.edu APPLICATION PROCESS: • To apply online go
R. Pearson Hall Room 523 (785) 864-4342 or pcullert@ku.edu APPLICATION PROCESS: • To apply online go

APPLICATION PROCESS:

• To apply online go to Gradaute Studies http://graduate.ku.edu

• Set up an account to begin your application

• Follow procedural instructions under domestic or international students

APPLICATION DEADLINES:

October 15 for Spring Semester March 15 for Summer & Fall Semesters

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

Admission Process: Sherrie Saathoff specialeduadm@ku.edu

Admission Process: Sherrie Saathoff specialeduadm@ku.edu SPECIAL EDUCATION Masters & Licensure Programs AREAS OF
Admission Process: Sherrie Saathoff specialeduadm@ku.edu SPECIAL EDUCATION Masters & Licensure Programs AREAS OF
Admission Process: Sherrie Saathoff specialeduadm@ku.edu SPECIAL EDUCATION Masters & Licensure Programs AREAS OF

SPECIAL EDUCATION Masters & Licensure Programs

AREAS OF STUDY:

High Incidence Disabilities

Low Incidence Disabilities

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Early Childhood Unified

Secondary & Transition Services

These programs prepare graduate level students to teach children and youth with disabilities. The programs also prepare related services personnel who want to develop ex- pertise in special education.

The department’s graduate degree and special education endorsement programs prepare educators at various stages in their professional careers. We offer pro- grams designed to meet the needs of beginning and advanced special educators, including building principals, district-level leaders, teacher educators, and researchers.

We offer two main tracks across the graduate program:

-- Special Education Teacher Endorsements -- Master of Science Degree Programs

Incorporated throughout each of the programs are the following:

-- Critical issues and practices including col- laborative and inclusive education -- Social, communication, and behavior inter- ventions -- Family & interprofessional collaboration -- Literacy, content enhancement, and learning strategies -- Field-based practicum in a variety of school and clinical sites -- Instructional technology and online learning

High Incidence Disabilities

Graduate preparation focuses on meeting the educa- tional needs of students with learning and/or behav- ioral disabilities ranging from mild cognitive dis- abilities to attention deficits. This program focuses on strategies to promote access to the general curriculum for students with disabilities, as well as knowledge and strategies that address the unique learning and sup- port systems that are necessary to educate students

with special needs. Students can obtain both a high incidence endorsement and a Master’s degree or only the endorsement.

Professors: Dr. Don Deshler, Dr. Earle Knowlton, Dr. Suzanne Robinson, Dr. Richard Simpson, and Dr. Sean Smith. Location: Edwards Campus

Low Incidence Disabilities

Graduate preparation focuses on meeting the educational needs of students requiring a functional approach in addition to an intensive special educa- tion program to progress in the general curriculum. The types of students in functional programs would be those who have significant cognitive disabilities and concomitant, sensory, and physical impairments, and students with multiple disabilities.

Students can obtain both a low incidence endorsement and a Master’s degree or only the endorsement.

Professors: Dr. Earle Knowlton, Dr. Mary Morningstar, Dr. Wayne Sailor, Dr. Mike Wehmeyer Location: Lawrence and Edwards Campus

Autism Spectrum Disorder

Graduate preparation focuses on preparing educa- tion and service professionals for careers that involve children and youth with autism, Asperger Syndrome, and other pervasive developmental disorders. Course-

work addresses the complex needs of students with ASD, including those who require intensive and highly individualized programs to those who require less intensive modifications to succeed in a general educa- tion environment.

This course of study does not lead to a special education endorse- ment.

Program Director: Dr. Richard Simpson Location: Edwards Campus

Early Childhood Unified

Graduate preparation focuses on preparing professionals to meet the learning and development needs of all in- fants, toddlers, preschool and kindergarten-age children including those at-risk for and with disabilities and their families within natural and inclusive settings.

Students can obtain both an initial teaching license in the state of Kansas, the Kansas Unified Childhood License (birth through kinder- garten) and a Master’s degree or only the teaching license.

Dr. Eva Horn & Dr. Barbara Thompson Lawrence Campus

Secondary & Transition Services

Graduate preparation focuses on preparing profession- als to meet the educational needs of secondary special education students and young adults with disabilities who are making the transition to adult life. The focus is cross-disability, meaning that program coursework provides information about effective program models and research impacting all students served in special education.

This course of study does not lead to a special education endorsement.

Program Director: Dr. Mary Morningstar Location: Lawrence, Edwards Campus, & Online