What will I learn?

The Department of Special Education offers graduate online and face to face education for students interested in teaching, research, and professional service related to children, adolescents, and adults with 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 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 disorders, Early childhood unified (ECU, birth through kindergarten), High-incidence disabilities, Low-incidence disabilities, Secondary transition education and services, Students seeking Kansas State Department of Education teaching licensure can complete requirements for special education endorsement in the following areas: Early childhood unified (ECU, birth through kindergarten), High-incidence, Low-incidence.

Which department am I in?

School of Education

Study options

Full Time (30-36 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$17,123.00 per year
Start date

Expected August 2019


School of Education

208 Joseph R. Pearson Hall,

1122 West Campus Road,



66045, United States

Online/Distance (As few as 2 years to completion)

Tuition fees
US$17,123.00 per year
Start date

Expected August 2019

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Regular admission requires a bachelor's degree and a grade-point average of at least a B (3.0 on a 4.0 scale) from KU, regionally accredited institution, or foreign university with substantially equivalent bachelor's degree requirements. The bachelor's degree is not acceptable if it contains credit awarded for work experience that was not directly supervised by faculty members of an accredited university or not evaluated in units that identify the academic content. Other English Language Requirements: TOEFL (paper) all part scores at least 53.

For international students

Graduate programs in education are open to students with acceptable baccalaureate and graduate degrees, whose academic records indicate that they can do successful work at the graduate level. Regular admission requires a grade-point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in prior degrees.

Non-native English speakers must demonstrate proof of English proficiency before gaining admission to a graduate program.

TOEFL (iBT) - Reading, Listening, and Writing part scores at least 20

IELTS (Academic) - Minimum overall score 6.0 with no part score below 5.5

PTE - Minimum overall score 55 with no part score below 50

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