Master of Education in Special Education

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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 four 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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Special Education Concentrations for Licensed Teachers (offered at least 80% online)

  • Learning and Behaviors Disorders (36 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). Both concentrations are offered at least 80% online at UofL, meaning there are some limited face-to-face requirements.

These tracks lead 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 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.

Career Opportunities

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.


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