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Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education Specialization in Learning and Behavior Disorders P-12

Major: SPE
Degree Awarded: MAT
Unit: GE
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Program Information

Due to ESEA regulations pertaining to highly effective teachers, the Department of Special Education is re-evaluating the MAT program for Learning and Behavior Disorders. No applications will be accepted to this program.

This program leads to certification in Kentucky for areas of Behavior Disorders, Learning Disabilities, and Mild Mental Disability.


Initial Assessment:  Admission to Teacher Education, Minimum undergraduate degree GPA 2.75, Minimum GRE scores [Verbal 150 (450), Quantitative 143 (490), Analytical Writing 4.0], three letters of recommendation, professional statement, bachelor’s degree, "C" or higher in English 102 and oral communication.

Student Characteristics (6 hours) 
EDSP  540  Introduction to Exceptional Children3
EDSP  675  Characteristics, Needs, & Responses to Students with EBD3
Pedagogy (30 hours) 
EDSP  612  LBD Curriculum Methods and Assessment I3
EDSP  616  LBD Curriculum Methods and Assessment II3

EDSP  607  Student Teaching in Learning & Behavior Disorders OR

EDSP  617  Practicum in Learning & Behavior Disorders

EDSP  644  Applied Behavior Analysis3
EDSP  640  Teaching Reading Special Education P-123

Satisfactory dispositions assessment; grade no lower than B- in all coursework; satisfactory mid-point portfolio; positive recommendation from the Special Education Program Committee.

EDSP  618  Instructional Technology for Students with Special Needs3
EDAP  647  Teaching Mathematics to Students with Disabilities3
EDSP  637  Transition, Collaboration, and Inclusion3
EDTP/AP     Content Course3
EDTP/AP     Content Course3
Research (3 hours) 
EDSP  639  Research Methods in Special Education (Must be taken in last six hours)3
Elective: Choose from one of the following courses (3 hours) 
EDSP  537  Language Learning for Exceptional Children3
EDSP  627  Applications of Assistive Technology3
EDSP  670  Autism: Introduction and Understanding3
EDSP  681  Early Childhood Education and Exceptional Children3
Minimum total hours42

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

Degree Assessment:  3.0 cumulative GPA; Satisfactory Dispositions Assessment.

Degree Candidacy:  If not enrolled during the semester in which you are graduating, you will need to register for a degree candidacy as outlined in the graduate catalog,, under the section called academic policies and requirements.

Departmental Faculty

Debra Bauder

Associate Professor

Ginevra Courtade

Assistant Professor

Monica Delano

Assistant Professor

Nicole Fenty

Assistant Professor

Tim Landrum
Associate Professor
Director Doctoral Program

Chair Special Education Department

Amy Lingo
Associate Professor

Assistant Chair Special Education Department

Rich Mancil

Assistant Professor

Robert Pennington

Assistant Professor

Terry Scott


Thomas Simmons

Associate Professor

Contact Information

Special Education, Specialization in Learning and Behavior Disorders- MAT

Special Education

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