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Master of Education in Special Education with Concentration in Moderate and Severe Disabilities P-12

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


Program Information

Admission Requirements:

Admission to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies; Bachelors degree from an accredited institution; two letters of recommendation; minimum combined score of 800 on the Graduate Record Exam; Test of English as a Foreign Language required of all foreign students from countries in which English is not the native language; copy of teaching certificate; and 2.75 cumulative grade point average.

Prerequisites for admission to the program:

EDSP  540  Introduction to Exceptional Children 3
Teacher certification  


Curriculum


CARDS 4 (Entry Assessment):  Admission to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies; bachelor's degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution; two letters of recommendation; minimum combined score of 800 on the GRE; Test of English as a Foreign Language required of all foreign students from countries in which English is not the native language; copy of teaching certificate; and 2.75 cumulative grade point average.  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.

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 of Assistive Technology  3
Action (Problem Solver) (3 hours)  
EDSP 635* Moderate and Severe Disabilities Practicum
3
 

CARDS 5 (Mid-Point Assessment):  Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; no lower than B- in all coursework; Acceptable or Target performance on Assessment Tasks to date (520, 609, 611, 644); 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 Planning Rubric; positive recommendation from the Special Education Program Committee.

Area of Emphasis (At least 18 hours)  
EDSP 594*  Foundational Conceptsin Intellectual and Physical Disabilities 3
EDSP 520  Assessment of Exceptional Learners  3
EDSP 609*  Moderate/Severe Disabilities Curriculum and Methods I 3
EDSP 611*  Moderate/Severe Disabilities Methods II 3
EDSP 570  Autism:  Introduction and Understanding 3
EDSP 546*  Behavior Analytic Approach to Communication 3
Minimum total hours: 36

 

CARDS 6 (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 removal 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.     

*Course is required for certification.

Exit Requirements:

Notes

  1. Students who make a grade below a B- in any required course must repeat the course before being admitted to Practicum (EDSP 635).
  2. Successful completion of the appropriate PRAXIS Exams is required for Moderate and Severe Disabilities teacher certification.
  3. Target or Acceptable on all Hallmark Assessment Tasks; Acceptable or Target on all additional rubrics (see CARDS 4, 5, and 6 above).
  4. Minimum of 18 hours in 600-level courses is required.
  5. Transfer credit must be official accepted by the advisor (maximum of 6 hours) - final acceptance is dependent up on receipt of official transcripts. 
  6. A maximum of 6 hours taken in non-degree status can be applied toward a Masters degree (upon approval of advisor).
  7. All courses must be completed within 6 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 www.epsb.ky.gov or http://www.ets.org/praxis/ky 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 Requirments".



Departmental Faculty


Debra Bauder

Associate Professor

Justin Cooper

Assistant Professor

Ginevra Courtade

Assistant Professor

Monica Delano
Associate Professor

Director Doctoral Program

Timothy Landrum
Professor

Chair Special Education Department

Amy Lingo

Associate Professor

Robert Pennington

Assistant Professor

Terry Scott

Professor

Thomas Simmons

Associate Professor



Contact Information

Special Education, concentration in Moderate and Severe Disabilities – MEd.

Ginevra Courtade
(502)852-2144
 

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