Special Education, Concentration in Moderate/Severe Disabilities P-12 (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).

Students must complete weekly field hours in school or community placements that serve individuals with moderate and severe disabilities. Prior to the end of the program a 12-week student teaching placement must be successfully completed.

Admission Requirements

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

  1. Application to School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies. This should be completed three to four weeks prior to the application deadline.
  2. Minimum Test Scores as required by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board
    Please note: when submitting test scores through ETS, use the general University of Louisville code, 1838.
  3. Bachelor's Degree from Accredited College or University with a Minimum 2.75 Grade Point Average (official transcripts required)
  4. Grade of C or better in ENGL 102, or equivalent
  5. Grade of C or better in oral communication course
  6. TOEFL
  7. Professional Writing Requirements
  8. Three Letters of Recommendation
  9. Acceptable interview
  10. Signed Professional Code of Ethics/Technology User Agreement/Statement of Understanding of Admissions Guidelines

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

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
Midpoint Assessment
EDSP 518Teaching Reading Special Education P-123
EDSP 546Behavior Analytic Approach to Communication3
EDSP 570Autism: Introduction and Understanding3
EDSP 608Student Teaching: Moderate and Severe Disabilities3
EDSP 647Teaching Mathematics to Students with Disabilities3
Research
EDSP 639Education Research in P-12 Setting (must be taken in last 6 hours)3
Minimum Total Hours39

Midpoint Assessment: Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher, grade no lower than "B-minus" in all coursework; Exemplary or Target performance on all Hallmark Assessment Tasks to date (including EDSP 644, EDSP 520, EDSP 609, and EDSP 611); Exemplary or Target performance on all rubrics; positive recommendation from the Special Education Program Committee; electronic documentation of 200 hours of diverse and approved field experiences.

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: Exemplary or Target 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: Students not enrolled during the semester in which they intend to graduate must register for degree candidacy as outlined in Academic 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.