M.Ed. in Special Education: Assistive Technology (w/ Online Option)

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Due to changes in certification regulations pertaining to graduate programs for teachers, the Department of Special Education is re-evaluating the M.Ed. program in Special Education with a concentration in Assistive Technology. Currently, no applications are being accepted for this program. Please check back in spring 2021 for updates.

Through this 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.

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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...

  • Read the course syllabus or handouts
  • Submit papers and assignments
  • Take tests
  • View grades
  • Send email to other students or the instructor
  • Participate in an online chat
  • Discuss case studies with classmates on a discussion board

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.

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.

Will you be a successful online learner?

Online learning is not for everyone. Successful online students...

  • Have a desire to learn online
  • Are motivated
  • Have strong time management and organizational skills
  • Can work independently
  • Have college level reading and writing skills
  • Are not afraid to speak up when problems arise

For more information, view /online.

Program Curriculum

Detailed requirements for completing this degree are provided in the Graduate Catalog.

Admission Requirements

Candidates for the Master of Education in Special Education with a concentration in Assistive Technology are required to submit credentials supporting their academic ability to succeed at the graduate level. Admission credentials will include official transcripts, professional writing requirements, and letters of recommendation.

Application Process

Questions about the application may be sent to gradadm@louisville.edu. Candidates should apply no later than three weeks prior to the beginning of the semester (August 1st for Fall, December 1st for Spring and April 1st for Summer). Candidates will be notified via e-mail regarding the admission decision.

Applicants must submit the following:

  • Completed Online Graduate Application for Admission
  • Application fee (non-refundable)
  • *Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended with a minimum GPA of 2.75 in the Bachelor's degree and a minimum 3.0 GPA or higher for graduate work.

    Please have transcripts sent to:

    University of Louisville
    Graduate Admissions
    2211 South Brook Street
    Houchens Bldg, Room 105
    Louisville, KY 40292

    Or gradadm@louisville.edu (for official electronic transcripts)

  • Two letters of recommendation – Please list the email addresses for two recommenders in the appropriate section of the online application. Recommenders will receive instructions and forms that they will complete electronically.
  • Signed Technology and Code of Ethics Form [PDF]. Please print, sign and upload with the on-line application.
  • Current Resume
  • Personal Statement. This 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.

*Note: Candidates who earned a baccalaureate (and/or advanced) degree outside the U.S. and whose native language is not English must submit official TOEFL scores that meet minimum criteria, and must submit an evaluated transcript from WES (World Education Services) or ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators).

Contact Us

Debra Bauder (502-852-0564) or
Thomas Simmons (502-852-0569)
Department of Teaching and Learning
College of Education and Human Development
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 4029

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.

Financial Aid

In addition to the financial aid opportunities offered by the University, the College of Education & Human Development also has information about financial aid.

Other financial aid opportunities available include graduate assistantships and other employment opportunities.

Supervising and Resource Teachers

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.

I have some credit hours from another program/university. Can the credit be transferred?

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.

What degrees or endorsements do I receive if I complete the program?

You will receive a Master of Education in Special Education degree.

How long does it take to complete the MEd program?

The program can be completed in as few as two years or as many as six years.

Where are courses being delivered?

Courses are delivered on UofL's Belknap Campus; some courses may be available online.

How do I apply?

You may apply online at the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies web site.