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Master of Education in Special Education with Concentration in Autism

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


Program Information

Admission Requirements: 

1.  Non-teachers--Admission to School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies; baccalaureate degree in special education, psychology, speech language pathology, occupational therapy or social work from an accredited institution; professional certification/license in a field related to autism (e.g., special education, psychology, speech language pathology, occupational therapy or social work); current employment working with individuals with autism or availability to complete 10 hours of fieldwork per week throughout the duration of the program; statement of professional goals related to working with individuals impacted by autism; 2 letters of recommendation related to the applicant's work with individuals with autism; combined score of 800 on the GRE; Test of English as a Foreign Language required of all international students from countries in which English is not the native language; and 2.75 grade point average.

2.  Certified teachers--Admission to School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies; Masters degree in Special Education; copy of teaching certificate; statement of professional goals related to working with individuals impacted by autism; 2 letters of recommendation; minimum combined score of 800 on the GRE; and Test of English as a Foreign Language required of all international students from countries in which English is not the native language.

Prerequisite to entry into the program:  EDSP 540 Introduction to Exceptional Children or equivalent



Curriculum


Inquiry (Critical Thinker) (9 hours)  
EDSP  644  Applied Behavior Analysis 3
EDSP  639  Research Analysis in Special Education 3
EDSP  669  Single Subject Research Methods and Designs 3
Advocacy: (Professional Leader) (6 hours)  
EDSP  652  Academic and Behavior Response to Intervention 3
EDSP  627  Applications in Assistive Technology 3
Action (Problem Solver) (3 hours)  
EDSP  635  Practicum in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis 3
 

Completion of ½ of Experienced Teacher Standards, with ¾ of indicators for each standard 

Midpoint Assessment:  ALL STUDENTS:  Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; no lower than B in all course work; completion of intervention proposal and presentation with a rating of Satisfactory.  Acceptable or Target performance on all Hallmark Assessments to date including

EDSP 644, 669, 670, 671, and 646.  Positive recommendation from the Special Education Program Committee.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR TEACHER CANDIDATES:  CARDS 5:  Acceptable or Target performance on the following rubrics:  Ideas to Action Holistic Construct Rubric, Ideas to Action Dispositional Rubric and Advanced Planning Rubric.

Area of Emphasis (18 hours)  
EDSP  670  Autism: Introduction and Understanding 3
EDSP  671  Autism: Strategies and Techniques 3
EDSP  646  Augmentative Communication 3
EDSP  650  Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis 3
EDSP  651  Behavior Consultation 3
EDSP  673  Supporting Students with Asperger's Syndrome in the Classroom 3
Minimum total hours:
36
 

Exit Requirement:  ALL STUDENTS:  Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; grades no lower than B in all coursework; Completion of intervention proposal and presentation with a rating of Satisfactory.  Acceptable or Target performance on all Hallmark Assessments.  Positive recommendation from the Special Education Program Committee.

ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR TEACHER CANDIDATES:  CARDS 6:  Acceptable or Target performance on the following rubrics:  Ideas to Action Holistic Construct Rubric; Ideas to Action Dispositions Rubric; Advanced Program Technology Rubric; Advanced Program Impact on P-12 Student Learning Rubric; Advanced Program Clinical Practice Rubric.



Departmental Faculty


Debra Bauder

Associate Professor

Justin Cooper

Assistant Professor

Ginevra Courtade

Assistant Professor

Monica Delano

Associate Professor and Director Doctoral Program

Timothy Landrum

Professor and Chair of Special Education Department

Amy Lingo

Associate Professor

Robert Pennington

Assistant Professor

Terry Scott

Professor

Thomas Simmons

Associate Professor



Contact Information

Special Education, concentration in Autism - MEd. (Non-teaching)

Monica Delano (502)852-2546
 

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