Concentration: Moderate and Severe Disabilities
Partially Online Concentration
The Moderate and Severe Disabilities (MSD) is one of two specialized programs the University of Louisville offers that is designed for licensed teachers looking to become certified to teach Special Education in their state, and is open only to licensed teachers. It provides a strong foundation in general education content, special education theory and methods, and teaching experience.
This concentration prepares teachers to work with students with intellectual disabilities that impede academic achievement and adaptive behavior skills (e.g., communication, social behavior, and daily living activities). Elementary teachers work primarily with beginning or remedial skills in academic content (English language arts, math, science, and social studies) and adaptive behaviors.
Middle Grade and Secondary teachers address these skills in addition to preparing students to transition to vocations or to post-secondary education. Candidates are able to gain experience in a variety of settings (traditional classroom, self-contained classroom, resource room etc.).