High Incidence Disabilities Master Degree Programs

The Department of Special Education offers a Master of Education (M.Ed.) or Master of Arts (M.A.) in High Incidence Disabilities. Students that already have a teacher certification can complete the master’s program with coursework only or with a research report (M.Ed.), or a master’s thesis (M.A.). Student's who do not have a teaching certificate can complete the master's with teacher certification program.

In addition to teaching special education, graduates can:

  • Serve as leaders and advocates in special education and related services such as the juvenile justice system and clinical practice,
  • Implement evidenced-based practices in academic and behavior with culturally and linguistically diverse students within a multi-tiered system of support,
  • Conduct assessments in reading, writing, mathematics, and behavior for instructional decision-making purposes and to monitor student progress,
  • Write Individualized Education Programs (IEPs) and Behavior Intervention Plans (BIPs),
  • Collaborate with general education teachers in inclusive settings. Work effectively with culturally and linguistically diverse students and their families.

The Master’s concentration in the High Incidence Disabilities area can be pursued through one of three options, each involving a minimum of 36 semester hours.

The M.Ed. can be completed in 12 months of full-time study. A research based M.A. degree which includes courses, practical experiences, and a research thesis can be completed in 18 months.

  • M.Ed. with coursework only: 36 hours
  • M.Ed. with report: 33 hours + 3 hours of report
  • M.A. with thesis: 30 hours + 6 hours of thesis

Components of the degree plan are as follows:

Department Core (6 hours)

  • SED 380 Cultural and Linguistic Diversity in SED/Rehabilitation Counseling
  • SED 393 Applied Research in SED/ Rehabilitation Counseling

Concentration Core (21 hours M.Ed.; 18 hours M.A.)

  • SED 383 Foundations of Special Education
  • SED 383 Assessment of Special Education
  • SED 386 Foundations of Positive Behavioral Interventions
  • SED 383 Intensive Reading Interventions for 22 Students with Dyslexia Reading Disabilities
  • SED 383 Intensive Mathematics Interventions for Students with Math Disabilities and Difficulties
  • SED 388 Teaching Individuals with Autism and Developmental Disabilities
  • SED 384 Instruction and Intervention in ECSE
  • SED 396R Single Subject Design
  • SED s389 Law & Disabilities

Supporting Coursework Outside the Department (6 hours)

Six hours of coursework must be selected in consultation with your academic advisor. Out-of-department electives should complement the coursework of this program. Electives can be taken from psychology, speech pathology, social work, etc.

Special Education Elective (3 hours M.Ed.; 6 hours of thesis for M.A.)

M.Ed. Coursework Only

  • Elective in special education

M.Ed. with Report

  • 3 hours SED 398R Report


  • 6 hours SED 698A & B Thesis