Special Education, Concentration in Moderate/Severe Disabilities P-12, Alternative Certification (MAT)

Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education Concentration in Moderate/Severe Disabilities P-12  (SPE MATMSD)
Unit: College of Education and Human Development (GE)
Department: Special Education
Program Webpage: louisville.edu/education/degrees/mat-se-msd

Program Information

This program leads to Kentucky certification for Moderate and Severe Disabilities, grades P-12. Applicants to the program should have excellent academic credentials as well as successful experience working with children and/or adults with Moderate and Severe Disabilities (MSD). Completion of this degree/licensure program will lead to certification as an MSD teacher only (not an Elementary, Middle or Secondary content area teacher).

The Alternative Certification program requires that students who are admitted to this program become employed in an MSD classroom on a temporary provisional certificate. Classes start in the Summer each year, and admitted students must secure employment before the start of the Fall term. Those who are not employed, have the option to pursue the traditional version of this program, which requires field placements and student teaching. 

Admission Requirements

Candidates who meet the following criteria may be eligible to apply to the Master of Arts in Teaching program:

Questions about admission should be directed to teacher@louisville.edu

Admission is competitive. Candidates who meet minimum academic requirements are not guaranteed admission to the program.

Program Requirements

Alternative Route in Special Education, Concentration in Moderate/Severe Disabilities P-12 (MAT)

Student Characteristics
EDSP 540Introduction to Exceptional Children3
EDSP 594Foundational Concepts in Intellectual and Physical Disability3
Pedagogy
EDSP 520Assessment of Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities3
EDSP 609Moderate/Severe Disabilities Curriculum and Methods I3
EDSP 611Moderate/Severe Disabilities Curriculum and Methods II3
EDSP 614Transition Programs and Services for Children and Youth With Disabilities3
EDSP 644Applied Behavior Analysis3
EDSP 518Teaching Reading Special Education P-123
EDSP 546Behavior Analytic Approach to Communication3
EDSP 570Autism: Introduction and Understanding3
EDSP 635Moderate and Severe Disabilities Practicum3
EDSP 647Teaching Mathematics to Students with Disabilities3
Research
EDSP 697Topical Seminar (Single Case Designs for Evaluating Specialized Instruction - Must be taken in last 3 hours)1-3
EDSP 697Topical Seminar (Applications of Single Case Designs - Must be taken in last 3 hours)1-3
Minimum Total Hours39

Mid-Point Assessment: Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; no grade lower than B-minus in all coursework; Exemplary or Target performance on all Hallmark Assessment Tasks to date; Exemplary or Target performance on all rubrics; positive recommendation from the Special Education Program Committee

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

Certification Assessment: Satisfactory dispositions assessment; no grade lower than B-minus in all coursework; passing scores on PRAXIS exams; positive recommendation from the Special Education Program Committee.

Degree Candidacy:  If not enrolled during the semester in which you are graduating, you will need to register for a degree candidacy as outlined in General Policies, Procedures and Requirements.

Praxis Disclaimer:   Teacher certification requirements are subject to change.  Before registering for certification test(s), please refer to the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) website at epsb.ky.gov or ets.org/praxis/ky for current requirements.