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Master of Education in Special Education

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

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Admission Requirements

In addition to completing the application for admission and paying the $65 non-refundable application fee, applicants to the University of Louisville, Graduate School, for the purpose of pursuing the Master of Education in Special Education degree with a concentration in Moderate to Severe Disabilities (MSD) or Assistive Technology (AT) must provide:

  1. Bachelor’s degree earned from a regionally accredited institution
  2. Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work
  3. 2.75 cumulative grade point average (GPA) on a 4.0 scale
  4. Two letters of recommendation (link to recommendation form are provided in the application)
  5. A personal statement of 250-500 words, along with the Personal Statement Cover Sheet [PDF]
  6. GRE – unconditional admission requires a verbal score of 147 and quantitative score of 142
  7. Signed Professional Code of Ethics and Technology Agreement [PDF] form
  8. Prerequisite – EDSP 540 Introduction to Exceptional Children (or its equivalent)
  9. TOEFL is required of all foreign students from countries in which English is not the native language. Students holding a baccalaureate or advanced degree from a regionally accredited institution in the U.S. are exempt from this requirement.
  10. MSD concentration: This program is mainly designed for Kentucky licensed teachers looking to become certified to teach Special Education in the state of Kentucky.
    • Additional admission requirement: Valid teaching certificate or statement of eligibility

Out-of-State: 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 prior to applying.

If you live outside of the United States, be sure to view special requirements for international students.

Credit Transfer

You may transfer up to six credit hours of graduate coursework from any regionally accredited university, pending department approval.

Important Admission Notes:

Meeting GRE score and GPA minimums do not guarantee a student will be accepted to the program.

Applications received at least six weeks prior to the beginning of a term will be given priority consideration.

To meet application deadlines, all admission materials must be received by UofL’s Graduate Admissions Office -- School of Interdisciplinary Graduate Studies (SIGS) at:

2211 South Brook Street Houchens Building, Room 105
Louisville, KY 40292
Credentials should be mailed to:
Graduate Admissions
University of Louisville
Louisville, KY 40292

For more information on the admission and application process or on credit transfer, please contact our Online Learning Enrollment Counselor at 800.871.8635 or

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