The online Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Special Education: Moderate and Severe Disabilities (MSD) leads to Alternative Certification and is ideal for those who do not have an academic background in education, but would like to get certified to teach students with MSD.
Offered by the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville, this Special Education-focused MAT equips graduate students with relevant knowledge that they can immediately apply in the classroom. Teachers pursuing an MSD Alternative Certification are required to be employed on a provisional teaching certification and teaching students with MSD.
As a student in the online MAT program at UofL, you can cultivate the skills needed to teach students who have intellectual disabilities that impede their academic achievement and affect behavior. By learning how to properly adapt instructional methods and curriculum, you can make education accessible to those with special needs.
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$573 per credit hour
$250 per credit hour active-duty rate
Tuition rate does not include costs associated with a specific course or program, such as textbooks.
This program leads to MSD certification only. Individuals completing this program would not be certified to teach general education (Elementary, Middle or Secondary) unless they completed an additional certification program. Graduates of this program will primarily be certified to teach students with moderate and severe disabilities in Kentucky.
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Note: We admit students on a rolling basis. The preferred deadlines help you complete the application process on time, be notified of acceptance and enroll before the term begins. We review applications as they become complete, and admit students for a specific term up to the day classes start. We recommend you work on and submit your complete application well in advance of the preferred deadline, as obtaining transcripts and other materials may take more time.
Out-of-state certified teachers should be advised that we cannot guarantee that our program will meet licensure, salary, advancement or other requirements in their state. As part of the admission process, we will require a written statement confirming their interest in the program for personal development and that they understand the program is designed to meet Kentucky certification requirements only. For more information, please contact our academic advisor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Upon admission to the program, students will work directly and collaboratively with their assigned advisor to complete any additional requirements before enrolling.
For questions about application and enrollment to the online MAT Special Ed – MSD program, please email email@example.com or call 800.871.8635.
The MAT in Special Education MSD is a 36 credit hour program. Our curriculum is designed to help you develop your knowledge of student characteristics and teaching pedagogy.
|EDSP 540 Introduction to Exceptional Children||3|
|EDSP 594 Foundational Concepts in Intellectual and Physical Disability||3|
|EDSP 518 Teaching Reading Special Education P-12||3|
|EDSP 520 Assessment of Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities||3|
|EDSP 546 Behavior Analytic Approach to Communication||3|
|EDSP 570 Autism: Introduction and Understanding||3|
|EDSP 609 Moderate/Severe Disabilities Curriculum and Methods I||3|
|EDSP 611 Moderate/Severe Disabilities Curriculum and Methods II||3|
|EDSP 614 Transition Programs and Services for Children and Youth with Disabilities||3|
|EDSP 635 Moderate and Severe Disabilities Practicum||3|
|EDSP 644 Applied Behavior Analysis||3|
|EDSP 647 Teaching Mathematics to Students with Disabilities||3|
|Minimum Total Credits Required||36|