Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education Concentration in Moderate/Severe Disabilities (P-12)

Major: SPE
Degree Awarded: MAT
Unit: GE
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/education/degrees/mat-se-msd

Program Information

This program leads to Kentucky certification for Moderate and Severe Disabilities, grades P-12. Applicants to the program should have excellent academic credentials as well as successful experience working with children and/or adults with Moderate and Severe Disabilities (MSD). Completion of this degree/licensure program will lead to certification as an MSD teacher only (not an Elementary, Middle or Secondary content area teacher).

Curriculum

CARDS 1 (Entry Assessment): Admission to School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies and Teacher Education; Bachelor's degree,"C" or higher in English 102 and oral communication course; and acceptable interview; minimum degree GPA of 2.75; Minimum GRE scores as required by EPSB; three letters of recommendation; professional statement (Ideas to Action Unit Dispositions Rubric and Ideas to Action Holistic Construct Rubric completed by Special Education Program Committee using professional statement; signed Professional Code of Ethics/Technology User Agreement/Statement of Understanding of Admissions Guidelines.

CoursesCredit Hours
Student Characteristics (6 hours)6
EDSP  540  Introduction to Exceptional Children
EDSP  594  Foundational Concept in Intellectual and Physical Disabilities
Pedagogy (27 hours)27
EDSP  644  Applied Behavior Analysis
EDSP  609  MSD Curriculum and Methods I
EDSP  520  Assessment of Students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities
EDSP  611  MSD Curriculum and Methods II
EDSP  614 Transition Programs and Services for Children and Youth with Disabilities

CARDS 2 (Mid-Point Assessment): Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, grade no lower than B- in all coursework; Acceptable or Target performance on Hallmark Assessment Tasks to date (including EDSP 644, 520, 609, and 611); Acceptable or Target performance on the following  rubrics:  Ideas to Action Holistic Construct Rubric, Ideas to Action Dispositions Rubric (failure to receive Acceptable on the dispositions assessment may result in removal from the program); Advanced Program Planning Rubric; positive recommendation from the Special Education Program Committee; electronic documentation of 200 hours of diverse and approved field experiences.

CoursesCredit Hours
EDSP  647  Teaching Mathematics to Students with Disabilities
EDSP  546  Behavior Analytic Approach to Communication
EDSP  570  Autism: Introduction and Understanding
EDSP  608 Student Teaching in Moderate and Severe Disabilities
Research (3 hours)3

EDSP  639  Research Analysis in Special Education (Must be taken in last 6 hours)


Elective: Choose from one of the following courses. (3 hours)3
EDSP  627  Applications of Assistive Technology
EDSP  650 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis
EDSP  671  Autism: Strategies and Techniques
EDSP  669  Single Subject Research Methods
Minimum total hours39

CARDS 3 (Exit Assessment): Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; no grade lower than "B-" in all coursework; Acceptable or Target performance on all Hallmark Assessment Tasks; Acceptable or Target performance on the following rubrics:  Ideas to Action Holistic Construct Rubric, Ideas to Action Dispositions Rubric (failure to receive acceptable on the dispositions assessment may result in remove from the program); Advanced Program Technology Rubric; Advanced Program Impact on P-12 Student Learning Rubric; Advanced Program Clinical Practice Rubric; positive recommendation from the Special Education Program Committee.

Certification Assessment: Satisfactory dispositions assessment (as noted above); no grade lower than "B-" in all coursework; passing scores on PRAXIS exams; positive recommendation from the Special Education Program Committee.

Degree Candidacy: Students not enrolled during the semester in which they intend to graduate must register for degree candidacy as outlined in the Graduate Catalog, under the section, "Academic Policies, Procedures, and Requirements".

Praxis Disclaimer: Teacher certification requirements are subject to change.  Before registering for certification test(s), please refer to the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) website at www.epsb.ky.gov or http://www.ets.prg/praxis/ky for current requirements.

Degree Assessment: See CARDS 3 above.

Faculty

Debra Bauder

Associate Professor

Justin Cooper

Assistant Professor

Ginevra Courtade
Associate Professor

Assistant Chair of Special Education Department

Monica Delano
Associate Professor

Director of Doctoral Program

Erick Dubuque

Assistant Professor

Regina Hirn

Assistant Professor

Timothy Landrum
Professor

Chair of Special Education Department

Amy Lingo
Professor

Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Unit Effectiveness

Scott Patton

Instructor

Robert Pennington

Assistant Professor

Terry Scott
Professor

Interim Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies

Thomas Simmons

Associate Professor