Course List

Master of Education in Special Education
Concentration in Moderate and Severe Disabilities

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

Online courses are accessed via webcam in interactive, synchronous sessions (from 4:30 to 7 p.m. ET on specific weekdays).

The following courses are required for graduation with a M.Ed. in Special Education degree at University of Louisville.

Class Hours
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
Area of Emphasis (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

Entry, midpoint and exit assessments are also required for graduation.

*course is required for certification



Course Descriptions

EDSP 639 Education Research in P-12 Setting

Analysis of research in special education relative to methodology and current research efforts in the field. Consideration given to understanding research design and the reading of research studies. Note: Cross-listed with EDAP 639.


EDSP 644 Applied Behavior Analysis

Students explore the principles and procedures in the field of applied behavior analysis. Observational methods, single subject designs, and behavior promotion, reduction, and generalization strategies are reviewed in relation to the needs of students with disabilities. Participants are required to develop individual project proposals that demonstrate their ability to design, implement, and evaluate behavioral programs in an effective and ethically responsive manner.


EDSP 669 Single Subject Research Methods and Designs

Prerequisite: EDSP 644. Students will learn principles and methods of designing single subject research in educational settings and are required to design and defend a research proposal.


EDSP 627 Applications of Assistive Technology

Designed to provide professionals information about the latest advances in assistive technology for students with learning, visual, hearing and multiple disabilities. Provided on the web. CyberLessons are provided as well as CD supplemental materials, demonstrations, and required readings will be combined to provide a basic foundation of skills.


EDSP 652 Academic and Behavior Response to Intervention

This course will teach students to design, work within, and evaluate academic and behavior systems across the entire school to prevent student failures in both the academic and behavior realms.


EDSP 635 Moderate and Severe Disabilities Practicum

Prerequisite: EDSP 609 and EDSP 611. A field-based developing-teacher experience that provides active classroom involvement with students diagnosed with moderate, severe, or multiple disabilities while under the supervision of trained educators and University faculty.


EDSP 520 Assessment of Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities

Addresses knowledge and skills needed to conduct assessment procedures, interpret data and use assessment data in educational decision-making for students with moderate/severe disabilities in a legal and ethical manner.


EDSP 546 Behavior Analytic Approach to Communication

Prerequisite: EDSP 260 for undergrads or EDSP 644 for graduates. This course prepares practitioners to use principles of ABA to assess and teach communication skills to individuals with disabilities and develop knowledge of current AAC technology and assessment procedures.


EDSP 570 Autism: Introduction and Understanding

Increase understanding of individuals with Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) across the life-span. Characteristics of this population, namely communication, social and behavioral attributes will be examined as they are manifested across all ages in the context of the family and community. Historical, diagnostic, and identification issues will be addressed.


EDSP 594 Foundational Concepts in Intellectual and Physical Disability

This course provides an overview of characteristics associated with intellectual and physical disabilities. Students will learn to establish support systems for addressing the educational and health needs of these learners.


EDSP 609 Moderate and Severe Disabilities Curriculum and Methods I

Prerequisite: EDSP 644. Design and implementation of curriculum for students with moderate/severe disabilities through individual and group instructional plans using a variety of systematic instruction procedures to teach discrete and chained tasks/behaviors.


EDSP 611 Moderate and Severe Disabilities Curriculum and Methods II

Prerequisite: EDSP 609. Design and implementation of instruction based on alternate achievement of grade level academic standards that meet the needs of students with moderate/severe disabilities within special education and collaborative classroom settings.


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