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 the 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.

Course # DescriptionCredit Hours
Student Characteristics
6
EDSP 540 Introduction to Exceptional Children
EDSP 594 Foundational Concept in Intellectual and Physical Disabilities
Pedagogy
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 all 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); positive recommendation from the Special Education Program Committee; electronic documentation of 200 hours of diverse and approved field experiences.

EDSP 647 Teaching Mathematics to Students with Disabilities
EDSP 518 Teaching Reading Special Education P-12
EDSP 546 Behavior Analytic Approach to Communication
EDSP 570 Autism: Introduction and Understanding
EDSP 608 Student Teaching in Moderate and Severe Disabilities
Research
3

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

Minimum total credit 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); 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 http://www.epsb.ky.gov/ or http://www.ets.org/praxis/ky?WT.ac=praxishome_states_150414 for current requirements.

Degree Assessment: See CARDS 3 above.

Faculty

Debra Bauder

Associate Professor

Justin Cooper

Assistant Professor

Ginevra Courtade

Associate Professor

Monica Delano

Associate Professor

Erick Dubuque

Assistant Professor

Jessica Hardy

Assistant Professor

Regina Hirn

Assistant Professor

Timothy Landrum

Professor

Amy Lingo

Professor

Scott Patton

Instructor

Robert Pennington

Associate Professor

Terry Scott

Professor

Thomas Simmons

Associate Professor