Master of Education in Special Education


Master of Education in Special Education online degree at the University of Louisville Online

The University of Louisville offers an Online Master of Education in Special Education (M.Ed. in Special Education) with two concentrations that help licensed teachers and other professionals develop specialized skills in an education area of their interest.

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.

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Moderate and Severe Disabilities Concentration - 100% Online* (36 credit hours)

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The M.Ed. in Special Education with a concentration in Moderate & Severe Disabilities (MSD) is designed for licensed teachers looking to become certified to teach Special Education in the state of Kentucky. Teachers from outside Kentucky should contact our academic advisor ( for information regarding program availability and out of state field placements prior to applying.

* MSD coursework is delivered 100% online. Fieldwork requirements must be completed in the state of KY.

Note: this concentration qualifies for a special tuition rate.

Assistive Technology Concentration - 100% Online (36 credit hours)

The M.Ed. in Special Education concentration in Assistive Technology is 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).

The AT track leads to a Master of Education degree in Special Education from the University of Louisville as well as a certificate in the specific concentration area. Note that the AT concentration does not lead to teaching certification, and therefore does 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.

Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis - Graduate Certificate - 100% online (18 credit hours)

This is a standalone graduate certificate program (not an online concentration within the Master of Education degree). For more details visit the Autism Certificate program page.

Career Opportunities

Employment of special education teachers is projected to grow 6% from 2014 to 2024, about as fast as the average for all occupations. Employment growth will be driven by continued demand for special education services. Many job opportunities will stem from the need to replace teachers who leave the occupation due to retirement or career change.
- U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2016

Graduate students acquiring Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) credentials work as consultants or as direct employees in educational environments to provide assistive technology services.

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