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Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education Specialization in Moderate/Severe Disabilities P-12

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

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
EDSP  594  Foundational Concept in Intellectual and Physical Disabilities3
Pedagogy (27 hours) 
EDSP  609  MSD Curriculum and Methods I3
EDSP  611  MSD Curriculum and Methods II
EDSP  644  Applied Behavior Analysis 3
EDSP  520  Assessment of Exceptional Learners3
EDSP  614  Transition Programs and Services for Children and Youth with Disabilities3

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 Disabilities3
EDSP  646  Behavior Analytic Approach to Communication3
EDSP  670  Autism: Introduction and Understanding3
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 Technology3
EDSP  650  Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis
EDSP  671  Autism: Strategies and Techniques3
EDSP  699  Single Subject Research Methods3
Minimum total hours39

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,, 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 Moderate Severe Disabilities - MAT

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