Master of Science in Education in Special Education

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Program Description

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 developmental delays and 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 education for children and youth with developmental delays and disabilities, innovative field-based research, and preparation of highly effective program graduates. 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 education preparation programs in the country, the department attracts students from many states and countries.

Students may pursue a master’s degree emphasizing teaching 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)
Last updated Aug 2020

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About the School

In 1866, the University of Kansas welcomed the first class of 55 students to an unfinished building on a treeless ridge called Mount Oread. Today, our enrollment sits at 28,500. From that single build ... Read More

In 1866, the University of Kansas welcomed the first class of 55 students to an unfinished building on a treeless ridge called Mount Oread. Today, our enrollment sits at 28,500. From that single building, we have grown to five campuses — the Lawrence campus, the Edwards Campus in Overland Park, and medical branches in Kansas City, Wichita, and Salina. The once barren landscape has grown into a wooded campus considered one of the most beautiful in the nation. We embrace our role as the state’s flagship university and a premier research institution, serving the state, nation, and world. We celebrate the energy and compassion that infuse the Jayhawk spirit. And we remain true to our historic values: the elevating force of education, the transformative power of research, and the healing power of service. Read less