Master of Science in Education in Special Education

The Department of Special Education offers graduate online and campus based education for students interested in teaching, research, and professional service related to infants, toddlers, children, adolescents, and adults with low and high incidence disabilities and their families. Since the 1970s, the department has received national and international recognition. The faculty is known for its leadership to the field, commitment to high-quality inclusive learning and development opportunities for children and youth with low and high incidence disabilities, innovative field-based research, and preparation of highly effective educators. The annual U.S. News and World Report graduate program survey consistently ranks KU's Department of Special Education at the top when compared to more than 200 graduate programs in this field. As one of the most comprehensive special educator preparation programs in the country, the department attracts students from many states and countries.

Programs Offered:

 Students may pursue a master’s degree in one of 5 areas:

  • Autism Spectrum Disorder (online)
  • Early Childhood Unified (ECU, birth through kindergarten) (campus-Lawrence and Edwards)
  • High-incidence Disabilities (online)
  • Low-incidence Disabilities (campus-Lawrence)
  • Secondary Transition Education and Services (online)
To obtain initial Kansas teaching License: *Kansas endorsement add on to license for Special Education:
Early Childhood Unified MSE (birth through kindergarten) (campus-Lawrence and Edwards) Graduate Certificate in High Incidence Disabilities (online)
OR Graduate Certificate in Low-incidence Disabilities (campus-Lawrence)
Graduate Certificate in Early Childhood Unified (birth through kindergarten) (campus-Lawrence and Edwards) *You must have initial licensure in Early Childhood, Elementary or Secondary education to be eligible for the endorsement* (offered as a graduate certificate)*

In Kansas to become a special educator in high or low incidence one must first obtain an initial teaching license in: Early Childhood Unified, Elementary Education, Elementary Education Unified, or Secondary Education

Students seeking to obtain a license or certification in a state other than Kansas or a US territory after completion of your program, it is highly recommended you first seek guidance from the appropriate licensing agency BEFORE beginning the academic program to ensure you can obtain a license of certification in your home state or territory. The website provides resources for licensure and certification boards outside of Kansas.