MEd or Endorsement in Special Education - Low Incidence

The Master of Education or endorsement in special education — low incidence at Wichita State University prepares educators for teaching students with moderate to severe disabilities. The program is designed to develop reflective practitioners who possess both theoretical understanding and practical skills related to:

  • the field of special education for students with functional learning needs,
  • effective communication and collaboration, and
  • research-validated practices.

The special education — low Incidence program prepares professional practitioners to make curricular and instructional modifications in order to facilitate successful student learning. Courses are offered online enabling graduate students to earn their degree while employed full time and balancing other obligations. 


Admission requirements include:

  • GPA of 3.000 or higher; OR GPA of at least 2.750 and official GRE scores of at least 152 in Verbal and 153 in Quantitative.
  • Full admission to WSU Graduate School.
  • Current teaching certificate/license (or eligible for a certificate/license).

Applications are evaluated upon receipt.

Program Requirements

The fully online Master of Education in special education — low incidence may be earned under a thesis or nonthesis option — 33 credit hours of coursework, practical experience, and the culminating experience (i.e., thesis or nonthesis). Candidates may elect to complete only the endorsement in special education — low incidence through completion of the required courses (26 credit hours).    

MEd or Endorsement in Special Education - Low Incidence Track

Required Courses
CI 784Foundations of Education for Individuals with Exceptionalities3
CI 742Introduction to Teaching Strategies for Students with Severe/Multiple Disabilities3
CI 749FPracticum: Low-Incidence Learners3
CI 796Family and Professional Collaboration3
CI 812Transition across Life Span2
CI 818Positive Behavior Supports for Students With Exceptionalities3
CI 818AInternship/Practicum: Positive Behavior Supports1
CI 819Nonsymbolic & Symbolic Communication2
CI 819AInternship/Practicum: Communication1
CI 820Advanced Teaching Strategies for Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities2
CI 820AInternship/Practicum: Low-Incidence Learning Needs1
CI 822Principles of Nondiscriminatory Assessment for Students With Exceptionalities2
Research Component
CESP 704Introduction to Educational Statistics3
or CI 717 Qualitative Inquiry in Education
or CLES 801 Introduction to Educational Research
Select one of the following combinations4
Evidence Based Inquiry: Capstone Project Proposal
and Evidence-Based Inquiry: Capstone Project
Master’s Thesis
and Master’s Thesis
Total Credit Hours33

Note: After successful completion of the first 9 credit hours, the candidate is eligible to apply to KSDE for a two-year provisional endorsement. A second two-year provisional may be applied for if the candidate has continued to make adequate progress in the program. Please contact the Licensure Office in Education Support Services, 316-978-3300, for information on the licensure application to submit.

Applied Learning

Students are required to complete an applied learning or research experience to graduate from programs in curriculum and instruction. The requirements can be met by completing either a master’s thesis or capstone research project in which the emphasis is on applying professional practices to research and is directly linked to applied learning. In addition, students who graduate from the graduate program in special education must experience at least 135 credit hours of field experience/internship in special education classrooms.