The online Master of Education in Special Education is designed for licensed teachers and other professionals interested in developing expertise in areas related specifically to Moderate and Severe Disabilities (MSD) special education.
Offered by the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Louisville, the special education master’s program provides a strong foundation in general education content and special education theory and methods. With coursework involving extensive classroom experience, you will develop the skills, competencies and confidence for successful teaching in this important area—including strategies for inclusion, behavior management, social skill instruction and modifying instruction within the general curriculum.
Employment of special education teachers is projected to grow 8% from 2016 to 2026, 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.
$764/credit hour (M.Ed. SPED courses)
$573/credit hour (MSD courses)
$250/credit hour (active-duty rate)
Tuition rate does not include costs associated with a specific course or program, such as textbooks.
The MSD concentration is designed only for licensed teachers looking to become certified to teach Special Education in the state of Kentucky, though potential exceptions are handled on a case-by-case basis. Teachers licensed outside of the state of Kentucky and interested in applying for this degree and concentration, must speak to our academic advisor (firstname.lastname@example.org) prior to applying to ensure their qualification and eligibility.
Online courses are accessed via webcam in interactive, synchronous sessions (from 4:30 to 7 p.m. ET on specific weekdays).
This program requires field experience and completion of practicum, as well as a Kentucky teaching licensure, which can lead to Rank II certification. Fieldwork requirements must be completed in the state of KY. Students will gain experience in a variety of settings, including teaching in their own classroom (as approved on an individual basis).
Students graduating from the MSD concentration will be qualified to gain licensure to become a special education teacher. You’ll be prepared to better understand the needs of students from elementary to high school.
Take courses in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis and earn a stand-alone special education graduate certificate (18 credit hours) completely online.
|Application Deadline||Term||Start Date|
Although applications are processed as they are received and admission is granted on a rolling basis throughout the year, we encourage you to start and submit your application as soon as possible, as gathering admission materials may take more time. Available spots for the online classes fill quickly, and applications received at least six weeks prior to the beginning of a term will be given priority consideration.
Send all materials to:
University of Louisville
2211 S. Brook Street
Louisville, KY 40292
If you have received graduate credit from another institution, you may transfer up to 6 credits that directly replace approved courses in the program. Approval must be granted by the program director.
Due to the strict requirements of a Kentucky teaching license, field experience and local in-person practicum, it is unlikely that teachers who live outside of Kentucky or outside of the United States will qualify to complete the licensure program. However, potential exceptions are handled on a case-by-case basis, and those who intend to complete this online program at UofL must contact our academic advisor at email@example.com prior to applying.
If you live outside of the United States, be sure to view special requirements for international students.
For more information on the admission and application process, please contact our Online Learning Enrollment Counselor at 800.871.8635 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The M.Ed. in Special Education – MSD degree at University of Louisville is a 36 credit hour program that requires the following courses for graduation.
|Inquiry (9 hours)|
|EDSP 639 Research Analysis in Special Education||3 hours|
|EDSP 644* Applied Behavior Analysis||3 hours|
|EDSP 669 Single Subject Research Methods and Designs||3 hours|
|Advocacy (6 hours)|
|EDSP 627 Applications of Assistive Technology||3 hours|
|EDSP 652 Academic and Behavior Response to Intervention||3 hours|
|Action (3 hours)|
|EDSP 635 Moderate and Severe Disabilities Practicum||3 hours|
|MSD (18 hours)|
|EDSP 520 Assessment of Exceptional Learners||3 hours|
|EDSP 546* Behavior Analytic Approach to Communication||3 hours|
|EDSP 570 Autism: Introduction and Understanding||3 hours|
|EDSP 594* Foundational Concepts in Intellectual and Physical Disabilities||3 hours|
|EDSP 609* Moderate/Severe Disabilities Curriculum and Methods I||3 hours|
|EDSP 611* Moderate/Severe Disabilities Methods II||3 hours|
|Minimum Total Hours||36 hours|
* Required for certification
Entry, midpoint and exit assessments are also required for graduation.
Department Chair and Associate Professor
Area: Moderate and Severe Disabilities
Area: Autism; Moderate/Severe Disabilities
Interim Associate Dean for Research and Innovation, and Professor
Area: Emotional and Behavioral Disorders
Professor, Distinguished Scholar, Director of CIBRS
Area: Prevention Science; Effective Instruction
EView the full list of Special Education faculty here.