High Incidence Disabilities

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Area Coordinator
Diane Pedrotty Bryant

We offer a master’s degree (M.Ed.) in High Incidence Disabilities. Special education teachers and other professionals will explore evidence-based knowledge, skills, and strategies to work with K-12 students in diverse educational settings. This program has a focus on teaching students with high incidence disabilities. These can include learning disabilities, behavior disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and mild intellectual disabilities. This program does not lead to teacher certification; it provides an opportunity to explore cutting edge theory, research, and practice in the field.

Master's students learn about supporting students with high incidence disabilities through courses that teach:

  • cultural and linguistic diversity,
  • instructional design and delivery,
  • data-based instructional decision making,
  • intensive reading interventions,
  • intensive mathematics interventions,
  • and positive behavioral supports.

Master’s students are prepared for careers in diverse educational settings. Training provides students with additional expertise for their roles as special education teachers or consultants working in schools, juvenile justice facilities, residential treatment centers, and private practice positions.


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Diane Pedrotty Bryant


Mollie Villeret Davis Professor in Learning Disabilities

Researches instructional strategies and assistive technology adaptations for students with learning disabilities, specifically in Mathematics.

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Nathan Clemens

Associate Professor

Fellow of Mollie Villeret Davis Professor in Learning Disabilities

Works to enhance teachers’ ability to make data-based decisions, and improve interventions for students with reading difficulties.

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North Cooc

Assistant Professor

Explores how family background, culture, and school contextual factors influence decisions and trajectory outcomes within special education.

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Christian T. Doabler

Assistant Professor

Focuses on the instructional design and efficacy testing of early mathematics and science interventions for at-risk learners.

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Sarah Powell

Associate Professor

Develops and tests interventions for students with mathematics difficulties, emphasizing word-problem solving, mathematics writing, and the vocabulary within math.

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Audrey Sorrells

Associate Professor, Associate Dean of Students for Research

Explores topics in ethnically diverse students with disabilities, veteran students with resulting trauma issues, and professional development for disabled students.

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Jessica Toste

Assistant Professor

Focuses on effective interventions for students with and at-risk for reading disabilities, with a focus on motivational process and use of data to improve instructional decision making.

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Sharon Vaughn

Executive Director, The Meadows Center for Preventing Educational Risk

Manuel J. Justiz Endowed Chair in Math, Science, and Technology in Teacher Education

Investigates effective interventions for a diverse group of students with reading difficulties and students who are English language learners.