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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 Elementary Education (K-8).

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There are three options for completing the program:

  1. 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 General Education) and a M.Ed. (completion typically requires full-time enrollment status for 2 years).
  2. 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 of full-time enrollment). 
  3. Teachers already endorsed in Special Education may complete a master’s degree (this option typically requires one year of full-time enrollment).