High Incidence Program


The Master of Education in Special Education-High Incidence emphasis at Wichita State University is a 30 hour program that prepares educators for teaching students with mild and moderate disabilities. The program is designed to develop reflective practitioners who possess both theoretical understanding and practical skills related to (a) the field of special education for students with adaptive learning needs, (b) effective communication and collaboration, and (c) research-validated practices.

Degree Requirements

Wichita State University Master of Education in Special Education-High Incidence consists of 30 graduate hours. The courses include:

Required Courses (23):

  • SPED 784: Foundations of Special Education (3)
  • SPED 724: Introduction to Students with High Incidence Disabilities (3)
  • SPED 749A: Practicum: High-Incidence Learners (3)
  • SPED 796: Family and Professional Collaboration (2)
  • SPED 812: Transition Across Life Span (2)
  • SPED 817: Language to Literacy: Meeting the Needs of Students with High Incidence Disabilities (3)
  • SPED 817A: Internship/Practicum: Language to Literacy (2)
  • SPED 818: Positive Behavior Supports for Students With Exceptionalities (3)
  • SPED 818A: Internship/Practicum: Positive Behavior Supports (1)
  • SPED 822: Nondiscrim Assessment (2)

Research Component (7): 

Choose one:

  • CESP 704: Introduction to Educational Statistics (3)
  • CLES 801: Introduction to Educational Research (3)

Culminating experience - choose one:

  • SPED 862: Capstone Research: Project Development (2) 
    SPED 863: Capstone Research: Project Comp (2)

Endorsement only option:
If you are only seeking licensure in Special Education-High Incidence, you will take only required courses (26 credit hours). 

For an additional 9 credit hours you can earn an endorsement in Special Education - Low Incidence. 

Admission Requirements

When applying for admission to the  Master of Education in Special Education-High Incidence program, you must:

  • For full admission, students must have a GPA of 2.750 or better; 
  • Applicants with a GPA below 2.750 are required to meet one of the following: 
    • GRE scores of at least 150 in verbal reasoning, 148 in quantitative reasoning, and 3.5 in analytical writing. 
    • Miller Analogies Test (MAT) score of 400 or above. 
  • A current Kansas initial teaching certificate/license (or eligible for a certificate/license) is required for admission.
  • Full admission to the WSU Graduate School; complete the graduate school application 
Applications are evaluated when received for the the special education high incidence program.


Application Process
You can view the progress of your admission status by visiting wichita.edu/onestop and click on Track My Progress. For information on how you will be notified of your admission decision, please click here.

Background Check

Upon admission and prior to their first semester, all students admitted to the Master of Education in Special Education-High Incidence program must clear a criminal background check. Click here for instructions.