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Special Education High Incidence/Modified Program Specialty Program

The High Incidence Special Education program at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University is designed to prepare masters level special educators to work with children and youth (grades K-12) in the areas of reading, math, writing, and challenging behavior. Emphasis is placed on the following disability categories: reading disabilities, math disabilities, emotional disturbance/behavioral disorders, and mild/moderate intellectual disabilities. Following completion of the program, graduates will have expertise in intensive interventions (Tier II and Tier III) in reading, mathematics, writing, and behavior across the range of service delivery placements.

The High Incidence M.Ed. is a 2-year program that includes:

  • Foundational coursework in high incidence disabilities (LD, ED, mild ID);
  • Specialized coursework in assessment and instructional interventions and family-based assessment and intervention;
  • Field experiences in public schools;
  • Participation in state-of-the-art research with high incidence faculty;
  • Completion of an applied research thesis or specialty project;
  • An option to enroll in course work and internships that prepare students to apply for BCBA certification

Graduates are well prepared to:

  • Complete formative and summative assessments of students’ present levels of performance in reading, mathematics, writing, and behavior;
  • Use assessment results to develop goals, plan instruction, and assess progress based on students’ strengths and areas of need;
  • Make data-based instructional decisions to modify or adapt instruction particularly for students who require intensive intervention in the areas of reading, mathematics, writing, and behavior;
  • Provide evidence-based instruction to students, within a multi-tiered system of support, with a specific focus on Tier II and Tier III interventions;
  • Modify general education curriculum for students with high incidence disabilities in a range of educational settings;
  • Understand academic and behavior research and translate findings into practice;
  • Complete functional behavioral assessments and develop and implement function-based behavior intervention plans in the classroom

Graduates can receive a license or endorsement in the area of high incidence disabilities (“Intervention Specialist” in the state of Tennessee) with an emphasis on K-12 students.