Special Education, Non-Teaching (MEd)

Master of Education in Special Education (SPE MED)
Unit: College of Education and Human Development (GE)
Department: Special Education
Program Webpage: louisville.edu/education/degrees/med-se

Program Information

This non-teaching master's degree in Special Education is designed to advance the knowledge and expertise of professionals who are delivering services for children and adolescents with disabilities through comprehensive-care centers, institutions, hospitals, clinics, day care centers, preschools, and community programs. This program is not designed to lead to teacher certification.

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for this program include the following:

  • Application to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies
  • Official transcripts with a 2.75 minimum GPA in the Bachelor's degree and a 3.0 or higher GPA for graduate work
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Official GRE scores
  • Personal statement
  • Current Resume
  • Signed Professional Code of Ethics / Technology User Agreement / Statement of Understanding of Admissions Guidelines form

Candidates who earned a baccalaureate (and/or advanced) degree outside the U.S., and whose native language is not English, also must submit official TOEFL scores that meet minimum criteria, and must submit an evaluated transcript from WES (World Education Services) or ECE (Educational Credential Evaluators).

Program and Concentration Requirements 

MEd in Special Education

Inquiry (Critical Thinker) 6
Introduction to Exceptional Children
Applied Behavior Analysis
Advocacy (Professional Leader)6
Applications of Assistive Technology
Academic and Behavior Response to Intervention
Action (Problem Solving) 3
Education Research in P-12 Setting
Midpoint Assessment
Area of Emphasis in Special Education15
Select at least 15 hours
Minimum Total Hours30

Midpoint Assessment: Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; grade no lower than B- in all coursework; Exemplary or Target performance on all Hallmark Assessment Tasks to date; scored Exemplary or Target on Rubrics for Advanced Candidates.

Exit Assessment: Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, grade no lower than B- in all coursework; Exemplary or Target performance on all Hallmark Assessment Tasks; scored Exemplary or Target on Rubrics for Advanced Candidates; positive recommendation from the Special Education Program Committee.

Degree Candidacy: Students not enrolled during the semester in which they intend to graduate must register for degree candidacy as outlined in the Graduate Catalog.


MEd in Special Education with a concentration in Assistive Technology

Prerequisite to entry into the program
Introduction to Exceptional Children
Inquiry (Critical Thinker)9
Applied Behavior Analysis
Education Research in P-12 Setting
Single Subject Research Methods and Designs
Advocacy: (Professional Leader)6
Academic and Behavior Response to Intervention
Applications of Assistive Technology
Action (Problem Solver) 3
Assistive Technology Seminar
Midpoint Assessment
Area of Emphasis18
Low Tech Assistive Technologies
Assistive Technology: Computer Access and Switches and Toys
Autism: Collaboration and Technology
Assistive Technology: Assessment Data Collection and Decision-Making
Assistive Technology: Multimedia and the Classroom Integration
Universal Design for Learning Using Technology
Minimum Total Hours36

Midpoint Assessment: Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; grade no lower than B- in all coursework; Exemplary or Target performance on all Hallmark Assessment Tasks to date; scored Exemplary or Target on Rubrics for Advanced Candidates.

Exit Assessment: Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; grade no lower than B- in all coursework; Exemplary or Target performance on all Hallmark Assessment Tasks; scored Exemplary or Target on Rubrics for Advanced Candidates; positive recommendation from the Special Education Program Committee.

Degree Candidacy: Students not enrolled during the semester in which they intend to graduate must register for degree candidacy as outlined in the Graduate Catalog.


MEd in Special Education with a concentration in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Applied Behavior Analysis

Inquiry (Critical Thinker) 9
Applied Behavior Analysis
Radical Behaviorism
Single Subject Research Methods and Designs
Advocacy: (Professional Leader)6
Professional and Ethical Practice of Applied Behavior Analysis
Research Seminar in Autism Spectrum Disorders
Action (Problem Solver)3-12
Practicum in Autism and Applied Behavior Analysis
Midpoint Assessment
Area of Emphasis 12
Autism: Introduction and Understanding
Autism: Strategies and Techniques
Behavior Analytic Approach to Communication
Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis
Minimum Total Hours30-39

Midpoint Assessment: Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; grade no lower than B- in all coursework; completion of intervention proposal and presentation with a rating of Satisfactory; Exemplary or Target performance on all Hallmark Assessment Tasks to date; scored Exemplary or Target performance on Advanced Program rubrics.

Exit Assessment: Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; grades no lower than B- in all coursework; completion of intervention proposal and presentation with a rating of Satisfactory; Exemplary or Target performance on all Hallmark Assessments; scored Exemplary or Target performance on Advanced Program rubrics; positive recommendation from the Special Education Program Committee.

Degree Candidacy: Students not enrolled during the semester in which they intend to graduate must register for degree candidacy as outlined in the Graduate Catalog.