The Low-Incidence Teacher Education specialty leads to a Master of Education degree, with the goal of preparing teachers to work as members of educational teams to meet the individual needs of students with low-incidence disabilities (severe intellectual disabilities, multiple disabilities, and/or severe behavioral disorders/autism) and their families. Prospective students who have not previously completed a teacher certification program must obtain certification concurrently with their master's degree work. Certification obtained during the course of this program will be endorsed in Special Education and Reading.
There are three options for completing the program:
- Students entering without a master’s degree or a teaching certificate may finish the program with an initial resident teaching certificate (endorsed in Special Education and Reading Education) and a M.Ed. (completion typically requires full-time enrollment status for 2 years).
- Current teachers with a general education endorsement may earn a master’s degree and an endorsement in Special Education (this option typically requires one year (3-4 quarters) of full-time enrollment).
- Teachers already endorsed in Special Education may complete a master’s degree (this option typically requires one year of full-time enrollment).