Master'sSpecial Education - Low Incidence

Wichita State’s Master of Education (MEd) in special education combines quality, accredited instruction with opportunities for research and applied learning in Kansas’ largest school district—leading to high-demand careers in a variety of settings.

The program offers multiple specializations. Most students work full time, completing their degree in the evening through our fully online format. The program is excellent preparation for doctorate-level study in education.

Learn how Special Education - Low Incidence is the right fit for you.

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Applied learning at Wichita State

At Wichita State, applied learning is everything. In fact, every degree we offer has a guaranteed applied learning or research experience built right into it equipping you with the relevant skills and experience to make you workforce ready before graduation.

Admission to the program

The special education degree with an emphasis in low incidence is available for individuals certified at the elementary and/or secondary level (K–9, 7–12, or K–12) or licensed to teach children.

Admission requirements include:

  • Admission into the WSU Graduate School
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA for the last 60 credit hours OR 2.75 GPA and GRE scores of at least 152 in Verbal and 153 in Quantitative
  • Current teaching certificate/license (or eligible for a certificate/license)

For additional admission details, click on the link below.

Inside the Program

Cousin with autism inspires student to write book

WSU student Amy Lightfoot has authored a children’s book titled “My Cousin Lili.”

The book is the real-life story about Lightfoot and how her cousin Lilian, who has autism spectrum disorder, inspired her to understand and love people with disabilities.


The low incidence program curriculum comprises 30 credit hours and prepares you to work with students with moderate to severe disabilities. The program combines coursework, practical experience and a capstone project or thesis.

Candidates may complete only the first 23 credit hours to receive an endorsement in low incidence education. These candidates are considered non-degree-seeking graduate students.


A graduate degree from Wichita State’s College of Applied Studies will give you the knowledge, skills and confidence to make a positive impact in the classroom—and on your career.

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