Through this program students will increase their understanding of individuals with Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) across the lifespan. They will learn to use alternative communication systems to address the needs of persons with Autism/PDD.
Please Note While certification is not required for this degree program, please note that this program does not lead to certification and certified teachers must have a Master's degree or Rank II status prior to admission.
To continue my education, the MEd in Special Education concentrating in Autism has proven to be the best fit. I have always been drawn to this population of learners and I was encouraged to find that UL offered a program to specialize in Autism. The faculty exude a great deal of excitement for this population as well and have enthusiastically shaped their instruction based on their personal experiences and expertise. Individuals with Autism have such diverse needs that my learning must constantly evolve, and the MEd concentrating in Autism will allow me to do so.Sarah Bays, Special Education (Autism) Student
All classes in the major concentrations are offered online through Blackboard. Blackboard is the course management system used by U of L to facilitate online learning. Among other things, students use Blackboard to...
The biggest benefit of online learning is that you can work to earn your degree from your own home while raising your family, working full time, or experiencing particular life circumstances that make commuting to campus difficult or impossible. At UofL, you are taught by the same world class faculty as our on campus students. You read the same textbooks, do many of the same assignments and earn the same degrees. The biggest difference is that you are able to do it in a way that best fits your lifestyle.
Be prepared for online learning. Online learning is learning that is facilitated in an online environment. Rather than attend class in a traditional classroom setting, online learning allows you to "go to class" when it's convenient for you whether that's 5am or 11pm.
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Detailed requirements for completing this degree are provided in the Graduate Catalog.
Note: Meeting GRE score and GPA minimums does not guarantee a student will be accepted to the program.
Admission to this program does not require teacher certification.
Students may apply to the program by first going to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies web site.
Students must also submit the following information:
Applicants who have attended a college or university outside of the United States are also required to submit an evaluation of their transcript through either WES (World Education Services) or ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators). Please note that transcript evaluations can sometimes take several weeks.
Please have transcripts sent to:
School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292
If transcripts are sent electronically,
please have them sent to the following e-mail: gradadm @ louisville.edu
|Section||Exceeds expectation||Meets expectation||Falls below expectations||Does not meet expections|
|Verbal||157 (73%) and above||147 (32%) to 156 (70%)||143 (18%) to 146 (28%)||142 (15%) and below|
|Quantitative||153 (53%) and above||142 (13%) to 152 (49%)||138 (5%) to 141 (11%)||137 (3%) and below|
The personal statement is the applicant's opportunity to demonstrate his/her writing ability as well as provide a personal introduction to the admissions screening committee. The personal statement should be no more than 500 words, and should be double spaced and word-processed. Applicants are encouraged to proofread their writing, and to submit the best work possible. The attached rubrics (Ideas to Action Unit Dispositions Rubric [PDF], Ideas to Action Holistic Construct Rubric [PDF], and University of Louisville Effective Communication Rubric [PDF]) are provided to help applicants understand how their writing will be evaluated.
If you have questions about applying to the program, please contact Aaron Phillips, Assistant Director for Education Academic Services, at 502-852-3214.
Graduates of this program acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to address the needs of persons with Autism/ PDD in a variety of settings.
In addition to the financial aid opportunities offered by the University, the College of Education & Human Development also has information about financial aid.
In recognition of valuable service to the preparation of teachers and the need for all teachers to have continual professional growth, a supervising teacher or a resource teacher for teacher interns may, with prior approval of the course-offering institution, take a maximum of six (6) credit hours per term at any public postsecondary institution and pay no tuition. The postsecondary institution shall waive the tuition up to a maximum of six (6) credit hours.
To apply, you must complete the Tuition Waiver Certification for Supervising and Resource Teachers Application [PDF]. It should be completed by the supervising teacher, certified by their principal, and returned to our office. Return the form to the Student Financial Aid Office at U of L, attention: Wesley Partin.
Eligibility: 6 credit hours of tuition benefits for each semester served as a full responsibility supervising or resource teacher, or 3 credit hours of tuition benefits for each semester served as a shared supervising or resource teacher. Students may exercise the tuition waiver option up to twelve months following the assignment. Tuition benefits are paid directly to the University of Louisville.
Once you are admitted to the program, you may request to transfer up to 6 credit hours if your UofL advisor approves the request. Transfer requests are then submitted to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.
You will receive a Master of Education in Special Education degree.
The program can be completed in as few as two years or as many as six years.