Concentration: Moderate and Severe Disabilities
The Moderate and Severe Disabilities (MSD) concentration available within the Master of Education in Special Education degree at the University of Louisville is designed only for licensed teachers looking to become certified to teach Special Education in the state of Kentucky*.
The MSD concentration provides a strong foundation in general education content, special education theory and methods, and teaching experience.
Our curriculum prepares Kentucky 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, including their own classroom (approved on an individual basis).
This program requires field experience and completion of practicum, as well as a Kentucky teaching licensure, which can lead to Rank II certification.
*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.
Ginevra Courtade, Ph.D.
Chair, Department of Special Education
College of Education and Human Development