Master of Education in Special Education
Online and Face-to-Face
The University of Louisville offers an Online
Master of Education in Special Education (ME SpEd) with four concentrations that help licensed teachers and other professionals develop specialized skills in an education area of their interest. The ME SpEd program is delivered mostly online (80%), with some face-to-face learning required.
The special education licensure program
provides a strong foundation in general education content, special education
theory and methods, and teaching experience. Extensive classroom experience
allows students to develop the skills, competencies, and confidence for
successful teaching, including strategies for inclusion, behavior management,
social skill instruction, and modifying instruction in the general curriculum.
Special Education Concentrations for Licensed Teachers
- Learning and Behaviors Disorders (42 credit hours)
- Moderate and Severe Disabilities (36 credit hours)
The M.Ed. in Special Education concentrations in Learning and Behavioral Disorders (LBD), and
Moderate & Severe Disabilities (MSD) are designed for licensed teachers
looking to become certified to teach Special Education in their state (open
only to licensed teachers).
Special Education Concentrations for all Professionals
- Autism (36 credit hours)
- Assistive Technology (36 credit hours)
The M.Ed. in Special Education concentrations in Assistive Technology and Autism are designed for individuals looking to gain expertise in the field of Special Education as a value-add to their current profession or for future advancements (open to all interested professionals).
These tracks lead to a Master of Education degree in
from the University of Louisville as well as a certificate in the specific concentration area. Note that these concentrations do not lead
to teacher certification, and therefore do not qualify graduates to teach
special education in the school system. Graduates interested in gaining
licensure to become a special education teacher should refer to the MSD program outlined above.
The number of special education teachers is expected to
increase by 17% between 2008 and 2018, which is faster than the average
estimated growth for all occupations.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics: Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2010-2011 Edition.
Graduate students acquiring the Certified Orientation Mobility Specialist (COMS) and Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) credentials work as consultants or as direct employees of schools' postsecondary disability agencies to provide orientation and mobility and assistive technology services. This training may apply to multiple educational and administrative needs.