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Department of Special Education School of Education The University of Kansas

  • Lawrence, KS
    location
  • Public
    type
  • Suburban
    setting
  • 86%14%
    student ratio
  • 180
    total students
  • Not Reported
    in-state tuition | out-of-state tuition
  • March 15
    fall application deadline
  • 78%
    acceptance rate
  • 3 Degrees
    degrees/awards offered

Overview

School Overview

Online education should provide more than a degree. It should provide a one-of-a-kind experience that's challenging, engaging, and rewarding.

At the University of Kansas, students learn from expert faculty members in a top-ranked department and access leading-edge technology that seamlessly integrates the classroom experience into their lives. Students can earn a Master's in Secondary Special Education & Transition or High-Incidence Disabilities (Adaptive) degree, or a Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Program Overview -- Master's in Education -- Special Education High-Incidence Disabilities (M.S.E.)

Led by faculty members who are demonstrated leaders and innovators within the field of special education, this program prepares students to compassionately and expertly engage with students who have mild-to-moderate special needs including learning disabilities, behavior disorders, and autism. Graduates of this program work as specialists, teachers, consultants, and resource teachers who help classroom teachers adapt content and conditions to better meet the educational needs of students with special needs.

Benefits:

- Department Chair Elizabeth Kozleski is nationally recognized for her work in the field of special education

- Designed to be completed in 2 years with 33 credits of coursework

- Innovative online format provides the flexibility to complete coursework anytime, anywhere

- No GRE requirement for admissions into the program

- The online Master's in High-Incidence Disabilities degree program offers 3 program tracks:

1. M.S.E. - Teaching Track (33 credits with practicum)

2. M.S.E. - Non-Teaching Track (33 credits without practicum)

3. Endorsement (27 credits with practicum)

What students will learn: The University of Kansas recognizes that special education is an evolving field with a complex history. This graduate program encompasses a big-picture view while giving students current best practices and methodologies that they can apply as early as their first semesters. They will deepen their historical, legal, and social understanding of the field through coursework that emphasizes case studies, simulations, and reflection for a broad perspective. Through practice and application in real-world settings, students will increase their competence and confidence in such areas as:

- The Universal Design for Learning framework

- Implementing multi-tiered systems of support for special needs students

- Applying research and evidence-based practices in the classroom

- Collaborating effectively with family, paraeducators, and other service providers through IEP meetings

- Current best practices both academically and from the practitioner's perspective

- Effective instructional and behavioral intervention strategies

Program Overview -- Master's in Education -- Special Education Secondary Special Ed. & Transition

The online Master's in Special Education & Transition degree program helps educators prepare secondary special education students and young adults with disabilities who are making the transition to adult life. This program equips students with instructional teaching strategies and the latest in applied research to ensure success for students in secondary education transitioning to life outside of school.

Benefits:

- Program Chair Dr. Mary Morningstar is Director at the Transition Coalition, a national organization dedicated to providing online information, support, and professional development on topics related to transition from school to adult life for youth with disabilities

- Designed to be completed in 2 years completing a total of 30 credits of coursework

- Innovative online format provides the flexibility to complete coursework anytime, anywhere

- No GRE requirement for admissions into the program

What students will learn: The University of Kansas recognizes that special education is an evolving field with a complex history. This master's degree program encompasses a big-picture view while giving students current best practices and methodologies that they can apply as early as their first semesters. As a part of this program, students will learn about:

- Instructional teaching strategies and the latest in applied research to ensure success for students in secondary education transitioning to lives outside of school.

- Methods to apply effective transition models and programs within an education setting.

- A deeper understanding of the inter-agencies and vocational services which support the transition into adulthood.

Program Overview #3 -- Graduate Certificate -- Autism Spectrum Disorders

The online Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders has a focused curriculum designed to prepare educators to effectively work with children and students across the autism spectrum.

Whether the student is a special educator, a P-12 teacher, or a concerned family member or advocate, this certificate program gives the student critical knowledge and practical skills to help address a disorder that affects 1 in 88 children in the United States.

Benefits:

- Earn a graduate certificate from the number 1 public university Department of Special Education

- Learn from a university that has been a pioneer in autism education, preparing educators with graduate programs in ASD for over 30 years

- Complete in less than 1 year

- Conduct coursework anytime, anywhere through the innovative online platform, KU Connect

- Submit an application with no GRE requirement for admission into the program

What students will learn: The University of Kansas has over 30 years of experience preparing educators to work with children on the autism spectrum, ranging from kids requiring highly individualized programs to those who need less intensive modifications in the general education population.

As a part of this program, students will learn about:

- Characteristics and assessments

- Social and behavioral interventions

- Effective curriculum development strategies

- Sensory and motor issues

The curriculum is focused on evidence-based practice and includes a practicum that will allow students to apply their learned skills and knowledge in a real-world environment.

Faculty

The University of Kansas brings a rich academic transition into the online environment. The KU School of Education is equally committed to KU's mission of educating leaders, building healthy communities, and making discoveries that change the world. The faculty members are at the leading edge of research and practice. They have:

- Served as leaders of and received recognition from key organizations such as ARC, International Reading Association, and the Council for Exceptional Children

- Authored dozens of books and over 1,000 academic articles that guide research and practice worldwide

- Directed tens of millions in federal grant dollars dedicated to the field of education

Rankings

The University of Kansas Department of Special Education is ranked 2nd in the nation.."In addition, KU's School of Education is ranked in the Top 20 in the nation.


Location & Contact

Department of Special Education

School of Education
The University of Kansas

521 Joseph R. Pearson Hall 1122 West Campus Road
Lawrence, KS 66045
United States

Elizabeth Kozleski

Chair

Phone: 785-864-0556
Fax: 785-864-4149
Email: elizabeth.kozleski@ku.edu

Patti Wakolee

Academic Affairs

Phone: 785-864-4342
Fax: 785-864-4149
Email: pwakolee@ku.edu

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Special Education Doctor of Education (Ed D)
      Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Science in Education (MS Ed)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees 61
    • Doctoral Degrees 12
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Yes
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? No
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported

Admissions

78% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 102
    • Accepted 80
    • Acceptance Rate 78
    • Enrolled 52
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $55
    • Application Fee - International $65
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline March 15th March 15th Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline October 15th October 15th Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's Degreesminimum GPA of 3.0
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, master's degree
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees
    • In-state tuition *Not Reported
    • Out-of-state tuition *Not Reported
    • International student tuitionNot Reported
    • *Typical tuition for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Fees
    • Per-academic year feesNot Reported
    • Per-term feesNot Reported
    • One-time feeNot Reported
    • *Typical fees for this institution for full-time graduate students per academic year
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFederal Work-Study, Financial Support for Part-time Students, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students180
    • Female Percentage86%
    • Male Percentage14%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students180
    • Part-time Percentage64%
    • Full-time Percentage36%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino0%
    • Black / African American2%
    • White / Caucasian89%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native2%
    • Asian3%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races1%
    • Unknown3%

Faculty

  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty30
    • Full-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Part-time PercentageNot Reported
    • Female Percentage30%
    • Male Percentage70%

Research

  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchAutism spectrum disorders, learning disabilities research, leadership development, qualitative research and evaluation
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported


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