High Incidence Disabilities

There are two options for earning a Master’s degree in the High Incidence Disabilities concentration area:

  1. Master’s degree and Special Education Teacher Certification
    These students possess a baccalaureate degree and wish to pursue a Master’s degree in High Incidence Disabilities and special education teacher certification.
  2. Master’s degree in High Incidence Disabilities
    These students wish to pursue a Master’s degree in High Incidence Disabilities and are already certified or do not want special education teacher certification.

Aspiring educators and other professionals will learn about evidence-based knowledge, skills, and strategies to work with students in K-12 diverse educational settings and in multi-tiered systems of support. There is a focus on teaching students with high incidence disabilities, such as learning disabilities, behavior disorders, mild autism spectrum disorders, and mild intellectual disabilities. Students will learn content in the areas of cultural and linguistic diversity, instructional design and delivery, data-based instructional decision making, intensive reading interventions for students with reading disabilities, intensive mathematics interventions for students with mathematics disabilities, and positive behavioral supports.

We prepare professionals for careers in diverse educational settings such as schools, juvenile justice facilities, residential treatment centers, and private practice.

Diane Pedrotty Bryant, Ph.D. (Area Coordinator) Sarah Powell, Ph.D.
Marcia Barnes, Ph.D. Audrey Sorrells, Ph.D.
Brian R. Bryant, Ph.D. Jessica Toste, Ph.D.
North Cooc, Ph.D. Sharon Vaughn, Ph.D.
Barbara Pazey, Ph.D. Nathan Clemens, Ph.D.
Christ Doabler, Ph.D.  

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Dr. Sarah Powell on Learning Disabilities

Recent studies suggest that between 5 and 9 percent of school age children struggle with some form of math learning disability. Sometimes called “dyscalculia,” difficulty with mathematics encompasses a range of symptoms, including trouble understanding and manipulating numbers, and learning mathematic facts.