Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education Specialization in Moderate/Severe Disabilities P-12Major: SPE
Degree Awarded: MAT
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/education/degrees/mat-se-msd
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). The Alternative Certification program requires that students become employed in an MSD classroom on a temporary provisional certificate. Classes start in the Summer each year, and admitted students must secure employment before the start of the Fall term. Those who are not employed may have the option to pursue the traditional version of the program, which requires field placements and student teaching. Completion of this degree/licensure program will lead to certification as an MSD teacher only (not an Elementary, Middle or Secondary content area teacher).
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 Children||3|
|EDSP 594 Foundational Concept in Intellectual and Physical Disabilities||3|
|Pedagogy (27 hours)|
|EDSP 609 MSD Curriculum and Methods I||3|
EDSP 611 MSD Curriculum and Methods II
|EDSP 644 Applied Behavior Analysis||3|
|EDSP 520 Assessment of Exceptional Learners||3|
|EDSP 614 Transition Programs and Services for Children and Youth with Disabilities||3|
Mid-Point Assessment: Satisfactory dispositions assessment; grade no lower than "B-" in all coursework; satisfactory mid-point portfolio; positive recommendation from the Special Education Program Committee.
|EDAP 647 Teaching Mathematics to Students with Disabilities||3|
|EDSP 646 Behavior Analytic Approach to Communication||3|
|EDSP 670 Autism: Introduction and Understanding||3|
EDSP 608 Student Teaching in Moderate and Severe Disabilities OR
EDSP 635 Moderate and Severe Disabilities Practicum
|Research (3 hours)|
|EDSP 639 Research Analysis in Special Education (Must be taken in last 6 hours)||3|
|Elective: Choose from one of the following courses. (3 hours)|
|EDSP 627 Applications of Assistive Technology||3|
|EDSP 650 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis ||3|
|EDSP 671 Autism: Strategies and Techniques||3|
|EDSP 699 Single Subject Research Methods||3|
|Minimum total hours||39|
Degree 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), Advanced Program Technology Rubric, Advanced Program Impact on P-12 Student Learning Rubric, Advanced Program Clinical Practice Rubric; positive recommendation from the Special Educaiton 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: 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, http://louisville.edu/graduatecatalog/toc#Academic_Policies, under the section called academic policies and requirements.
Chair Special Education Department
Assistant Chair Special Education Department