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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
Program Webpage: http://louisville.edu/education/degrees/mat-se-msd


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). Completion of this degree/licensure program will lead to certification as an MSD teacher only (not an Elementary, Middle or Secondary content area teacher).



Curriculum


CARDS 1 (Entry Assessment): Admission to School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies and Teacher Education; Bachelor's degree,"C" or higher in English 102 and oral communication course; and acceptable interview; minimum degree GPA of 2.75; Minimum GRE scores as required by EPSB; three letters of recommendation; professional statement (Ideas to Action Unit Dispositions Rubric and Ideas to Action Holistic Construct Rubric completed by Special Education Program Committee using professional statement; signed Professional Code of Ethics/Technology User Agreement/Statement of Understanding of Admissions Guidelines.

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  644  Applied Behavior Analysis 3
EDSP  609  MSD Curriculum and Methods I 3
EDSP  520  Assessment of Students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities 3
EDSP  611  MSD Curriculum and Methods II 3
EDSP  614 Transition Programs and Services for Children and Youth with Disabilities 3
 

CARDS 2 (Mid-Point Assessment): Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, grade no lower than B- in all coursework; Acceptable or Target performance on Hallmark Assessment Tasks to date (including EDSP 644, 520, 609, and 611); 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 Planning Rubric; positive recommendation from the Special Education Program Committee; electronic documentation of 200 hours of diverse and approved field experiences.

EDSP  647  Teaching Mathematics to Students with Disabilities 3
EDSP  546  Behavior Analytic Approach to Communication 3
EDSP  570  Autism: Introduction and Understanding 3
EDSP  608 Student Teaching in Moderate and Severe Disabilities 3
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) 3
EDSP  627  Applications of Assistive Technology  
EDSP  650 Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis
 
EDSP  671  Autism: Strategies and Techniques  
EDSP  669  Single Subject Research Methods  
Minimum total hours 39
 

CARDS 3 (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 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 Education 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: Students not enrolled during the semester in which they intend to graduate must register for degree candidacy as outlined in the Graduate Catalog, under the section, "Academic Policies, Procedures, and Requirements".

Praxis Disclaimer:  Teacher certification requirements are subject to change.  Before registering for certification test(s), please refer to the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) website at www.epsb.ky.gov or http://www.ets.prg/praxis/ky for current requirements.

Degree Assessment:  See CARDS 3 above.



Departmental Faculty


Debra Bauder

Associate Professor

Justin Cooper

Assistant Professor

Ginevra Courtade

Associate Professor

Monica Delano

Associate Professor and Director Doctoral Program

Timothy Landrum

Professor and Chair Special Education Department

Amy Lingo

Associate Professor

Robert Pennington

Assistant Professor

Terry Scott

Professor

Thomas Simmons

Associate Professor



Contact Information

Special Education, Specialization in Moderate Severe Disabilities - MAT

Education Advising and Student Services
(502)852-5597
 

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