High Incidence Disabilities

University of Texas at Austin

24 months
18032 USD/year
18032 USD/year
9274 USD/year
Tuition fee
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The Department of Special Education has multiple program areas for graduate study. These areas explore interventions and best practices for supporting those with a diverse range of disabilities throughout the lifespan.Students in master’s programs gain experience in clinical, educational, and research-based degrees.


We offer two options for earning a master’s degree in the High Incidence Disabilities concentration area:

  • Master’s degree and Special Education Teacher CertificationThese students possess a baccalaureate degree and wish to pursue a Master’s degree (M.Ed.) in High Incidence Disabilities and special education teacher certification.
  • Master’s degree in High Incidence DisabilitiesThese students wish to pursue a Master’s degree (M.Ed.) in High Incidence Disabilities and are already certified, or do not want special education teacher certification.
  • Aspiring special education teachers and other professionals will explore evidence-based knowledge, skills, and strategies to work with K-12 students in diverse educational settings. This program has a focus on teaching students with high incidence disabilities. These can include learning disabilities, behavior disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and mild intellectual disabilities.

    Master's students are prepared to support learners with high incidence disabilities through courses that teach:

    • cultural and linguistic diversity,
    • instructional design and delivery,
    • data-based instructional decision making,
    • intensive reading interventions,
    • intensive mathematics interventions,
    • and positive behavioral supports.

    Master’s students are prepared for careers in diverse educational settings. Training prepares students to become special education teachers or consultants for schools, juvenile justice facilities, residential treatment centers, and private practice positions.

    Programme Structure

    Courses include:
    • Foundations of Special Education
    • Assessment of Special Education
    • Foundations of Positive Behavioral Interventions
    • Intensive Reading Interventions for 22 Students with Dyslexia Reading Disabilities

    Key information


    • Full-time
      • 24 months

    Start dates & application deadlines


    IELTS or TOEFL needed


    36 alternative credits


    On Campus

    Academic requirements

    GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
    3 (required)
    GRE admission requirements GRE® The GRE® General Test is a widely administered admissions test that measures the skills needed in today's graduate and business school programs worldwide. It contains three sections - Verbal Reasoning, Quantitative Reasoning, and Analytical Writing. Three scores are reported: a Verbal Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, a Quantitative Reasoning score on a 130 - 170 score scale in one-point increments, and an Analytical Writing score on a 0 - 6 score scale in half-point increments.
    GMAT admission requirements GMAT The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a test intended to assess certain analytical, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills in written English for use in admission to a graduate management program, such as an MBA. GMAT contains 4 sections - Analytical Writing Assessment, Integrated Reasoning, Quantitative and Verbal. The score has a range from 200 - 800.

    English requirements

    IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).
    6.5 (required)
    TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at desiganated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
    79 (required)
    PTE Academic admission requirements PTE Academic PTE Academic (Pearson Test of English Academic) is a language test that enables students to demonstrate their writing, listening, speaking, and reading skills when applying to study in English. The score refers to a total score which ranges between 10 and 90.

    Other requirements

    General requirements

    • An official score for the Graduate Record Examinations General Test (GRE), unless otherwise specified by the graduate program to which the student is applying. International students whose native language is not English must also submit scores on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS).
    • Adequate subject preparation for the proposed major. Evidence of adequate preparation varies by program, but examples include letters of reference, auditions, samples of work, and personal statements
    • A grade point average of at least 3.00 in upper-division (junior- and senior-level) coursework and in any graduate work already completed.

    Tuition Fee

    • International

      18032 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 9016 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
    • National

      18032 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 9016 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
    • In-State

      9274 USD/year
      Tuition Fee
      Based on the original amount of 4637 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.


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