Master of Education in Special Education with Concentration in Learning and Behavior Disorders (P-12)

Major: SPE
Degree Awarded: MED
Unit: GE
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/education/degrees/med-se-lbd

Program Information

CARDS 4: (Entry Requirements): Admission to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies; baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution;two letters of recommendation; recommended minimum score on the GRE of 147 Verbal and 142 Quantitative; Test of English as a Foreign Language required of all foreign students from countries in which English is not the native language; copy of a Kentucky teaching certificate; 2.75 cumulative GPA for undergraduate and 3.0 GPA for graduate work; personal statement (Ideas to Action Unit Dispositions Rubric and Ideas to Action Holistic Construct Rubric completed by Special Education Screening Committee using personal statement); Signed Professional Code of Ethics/Technology User Agreement/Statement of Understanding of Admissions Guidelines.

Prerequisite for Admission to the Program:

  1. EDSP 540, Introduction to Exceptional Children or its equivalent
  2. Teacher Certification

Curriculum

Course #   DescriptionCredit Hours
Inquiry (Critical Thinker) (9 credit hours)9
EDSP 644* Applied Behavior Analysis
EDSP 639  Research Analysis in Special Education
EDSP 669  Single Subject Research Methods and Designs
Advocacy (Professional Leader) (6 credit hours)6
EDSP 652  Academic and Behavior Response to Intervention
EDSP 627  Applications of Assistive Technology
Action (Problem Solver)(3 credit hours)3
EDSP 645* Learning and Behavioral Disorders Practicum
CARDS 5: (Midpoint Assessment): Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; grade no lower than B- in all coursework; satisfactory performance on all Hallmark Assessment Tasks to date (EDSP 512, 516, 644, 518) as determined by advisor; scored exemplary or accomplished on Rubrics for Advanced Candidates (by instructor); positive recommendation from the Special Education Program Committee.
Area of Emphasis (At least 18 credit hours)18
EDTP 647  Teaching Mathematics to Students with Disabilities
EDSP 512* Methods for Students with Learning and Behavior Disorders
EDSP 516* Assessment Procedures for Learning and Behavior Disorders
EDSP 675* Characteristics, Needs, and Responses to Students with EBD
EDSP 518* Teaching Reading to Students with Disabilities
Elective: Choose from one of the following courses (3 credit hours)3
EDSP 570   Autism: Introduction and Understanding OR
EDSP 650   Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis
Minimum total credit hours
36

*Course is required for certification.

CARDS 6 (Exit Assessment): Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; grade no lower than B- in all coursework; satisfactory performance on all Hallmark Assessment Tasks as determined by advisor; scored exemplary or accomplished on Rubrics for Advanced Candidates (by instructor); positive recommendation from the Special Education Program Committee.

Exit Requirements:

Notes:

  1. Students who earn a grade of B- or below in any course leading to teacher certification are required to repeat the course before being admitted to Practicum (EDSP 645).
  2. Successful completion of appropriate PRAXIS Exams is required for Learning and Behavior Disorders teacher certification.
  3. Satisfactory performance on Hallmark Assessment Tasks as determined by advisor; satisfactory on all additional rubrics (see CARDS 4, 5, and 6 above).
  4. Minimum of 18 credit hours in 600-level courses is required.
  5. Transfer credit must be officially approved by the advisor (maximum of six (6) credit hours) - final acceptance is dependent upon receipt of official transcripts.
  6. A maximum of six (6) credit hours taken in non-degree status can be applied toward a Masters degree (upon approval of advisor).
  7. All courses must be completed within six years of admission to the program.
  8. to complete the program, students must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average. No credit shall be accepted for carrying a grade lower than "B-".

PRAXIS Disclaimer:

"Teacher certification requirements are subject to change. Before registering for the 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 Candidacy: Students not enrolled during the semester in which they intend to graduate must register for degree candidacy as outlined in the Graduate Catalog, "Academic Policies, Procedures, and Requirements."

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

Jessica Hardy

Assistant Professor

Regina Hirn

Assistant Professor

Timothy Landrum
Professor

Chair of Special Education Department

Amy Lingo
Professor

Scott Patton

Instructor

Robert Pennington

Assistant Professor

Terry Scott
Professor

Thomas Simmons

Associate Professor