Special Education - Concentration in Moderate and Severe Disabilities - Teacher Residency (MAT)

Admission Requirements

Candidates who meet the following criteria may be eligible to apply to the Master of Arts in Teaching, Teacher Residency program. Candidates considering an application to the MAT program should contact the MAT admissions counselor (teacher@louisville.edu) prior to applying for admission. Admission is competitive.

Applicants must complete/satisfy the following:

  1. Application to Graduate School. This should be completed three to four weeks prior to the application deadline.
  2. Bachelor's degree from Accredited College or University with major in content area or appropriate prerequisite courses and a minimum 2.75 Grade Point Average (official transcripts required)
  3. Grade of C or higher in ENGL 102 (or equivalent)
  4. C or higher in oral communication course
  5. TOEFL/IELTS/Duolingo
  6. Professional Statement
  7. Three Letters of Recommendation
  8. Signed Professional Code of Ethics/Technology User Agreement/Statement of Understanding of Admissions Guidelines
  9. Acceptable interview with school district

Program Requirements

EDTP 651Comprehensive Teaching and Learning I3
EDTP 652Comprehensive Teaching and Learning II3
EDAP 604Special Problems or Field Experience in Curriculum Development 13
EDSP 609Moderate/Severe Disabilities Curriculum and Methods I3
EDTP 654Support and Mentoring I 1.5
EDSP 611Moderate/Severe Disabilities Curriculum and Methods II3
EDSP 520Assessment of Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities3
Midpoint Assessment (see requirements below)
EDTP 653Comprehensive Teaching and Learning III3
EDSP 518Structured Literacy for Diverse Learners3
EDTP 655Support and Mentoring II 1.5
EDAP 604Special Problems or Field Experience in Curriculum Development 13
EDAP 677Developing Collaborative Groups: Facilitating, Coaching and Mentoring3
EDSP 644Applied Behavior Analysis3
Minimum Total Hours36

EDAP 604 is taken twice during the program and is taught by district and school personnel.

Mid-Point Assessment: Satisfactory dispositions assessment; 3.0 cumulative GPA in course work above with no grade lower than a "B-"; all pre-requisites met; successful completion of  EDTP 651, EDTP 652 and EDTP 654; electronic documentation of 200 hours of diverse and approved field experiences; satisfactory performance on all Hallmark Assessment Tasks; Target or better on all rubrics.

Certification Assessment:  Satisfactory dispositions assessment; passing scores on required PRAXIS exams; completion of degree requirements.

Degree Assessment: All program course work with 3.0 cumulative GPA; no grade lower than a "B-" in all course work; satisfactory performance on all Hallmark Assessment Tasks; Target performance or better on all rubrics.

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

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

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) in Special Education with a concentration in Moderate & Severe Disabilities prepares students to meet the requirements for certification and/or licensure.  If you plan to pursue professional licensure or certification you should first determine your state’s criteria for examination and licensure to see how/if our program meets those requirements prior to enrollment. We recommend that you also contact your state’s licensing board directly to verify that the requirements have not changed recently and to answer any questions especially those regarding additional requirements beyond the degree. 

Although this program has determined that it meets educational requirements for licensure in other US states and jurisdictions, this program is designed specifically to align with Kentucky certification requirements for the supervised student teaching or culminating clinical experience.  Therefore, students in this program are required to complete their student teaching or clinical experience at an approved placement location in the state of Kentucky.  Please contact the program director to discuss possible arrangements to complete culminating experiences in Southern Indiana before enrolling in the program.

More information about certification or licensure is available at the following website:  https://louisville.edu/oapa/licensure-information (you may search by school or by the name of the program then click on 'View Details' to display the information).

For programs with an online option, more information about certification or licensure is available here: https://louisville.edu/online/About-Us?tab=disclosures.