Preparing Educators as Leaders

Academics Overview By Department

Department of Curriculum and Teaching

The department offers a variety of undergraduate teacher education programs, as well as multiple graduate programs in curriculum and instruction, TESOL education, and reading education.

Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies

The department offers a variety of graduate level degree programs in educational leadership & policy, including: educational administration (PK-12), higher education administration, social and cultural studies in education, and educational policy studies.

Degrees Offered

Department of Educational Psychology

The department offers graduate level programs in counseling psychology, school psychology, and educational psychology and research. Programs are offered at the master’s, specialist, and doctoral level.

Degrees Offered

Department of Health, Sport, and Exercise Sciences

The department prepares sport, exercise, and health professionals for a variety of settings, including sport management. Undergraduate programs also include teacher education preparation in health and physical education.

Degrees Offered

Department of Special Education

The department offers graduate students a variety of specialized special education master’s degree programs. Programs emphasize autism spectrum disorder, early childhood unified, high- and low-incidence disabilities, as well as secondary transition services.

Degrees Offered


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10th among public universities for its master’s and doctoral programs
—U.S. News & World Report
#1 public program in nation for special education
—U.S. News & World Report
Assists public schools and other partners in all 105 Kansas counties
$938,377 in scholarship funds awarded to 420+ students
Research expenditures of $36,804,773 for 2011-12
Research from KU’s largest grant, the $24.5 million SWIFT project, assists educators, children, and families across the United States
The award-winning special education faculty published 140 refereed articles, 11 books, and 60 chapters in 2015-16
Students with intellectual disabilities are participating in KU undergraduate programs through a grant-funded KU special education program
Researchers on a $3.5 million grant are collecting data on an innovative reading program designed to teach reading to students with the most significant disabilities in seven Kansas school districts
One of 34 U.S. public institutions in the prestigious Association of American Universities
44 nationally ranked graduate programs.
—U.S. News & World Report
Top 50 nationwide for size of library collection.
—ALA
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