Through program students acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to use various assistive technologies to address the needs of persons with low incidence and/or severe disabilities.
When applying to the program, students can indicate they want to obtain a master's degree in Special Education or Instructional Technology with an emphasis in Assistive Technology. Students may attend classes full or part-time. Courses are provided on campus, or via the Internet.
The goal of the program is to offer a master's degree that will advance one's knowledge and further their expertise in a specialty area.
Please Note This program does not lead to teacher certification.
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 U of L, 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.
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Detailed requirements for completing this degree are provided in the Graduate Catalog.
Note: Meeting GRE score and GPA minimums do not guarantee a student will be accepted to the program.
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 email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Education Advising and Student Services at 502-852-5597.
In general, an Assistive Technology Specialist is a service provider who conducts assessment to determine the needs of individuals of all ages with every type of cognitive, physical, and sensory disability. An AT specialist positions can be found in school districts, colleges, disability related agencies, and state agencies. The different types of assistive technology jobs include, but not limited to, evaluation specialists, assistive technology instructors, disability resource specialist. Some jobs also include trainers, professional development specialist and implementation specialists. Additionally, some disability services departments in colleges can also have some entry-level jobs in alternate text production.
Assistive technology jobs typically require a working knowledge of various devices and software, and most instructors have advanced degrees as well as technology qualifications in this specific area. Disability specialists usually have masters' degrees in special education or a related field along with a good working background with assistive technology. Graduates of this program acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to use various assistive technologies to address the needs of persons with disabilities.
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.
Courses are delivered on UofL's Belknap Campus; some courses may be available online.
You may apply online at the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies web site.