Special Education (MEd)

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Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to submit the following materials:

  • Graduate Application to the Graduate School
  • Admission to the College of Education and Human Development
  • Baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an accredited institution
  • 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
  • Personal statement
  • Signed Professional Code of Ethics/Technology User Agreement/Statement of Understanding of Admissions Guidelines

Note: The GRE is no longer required for this degree program.

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

Program Requirements

MEd in Special Education with a concentration in Learning and Behavior Disorders (grades P-12)

Academic Plan code(s): SPE_MEDSLB

Prerequisite for entry into the program
Teacher Certification
Introduction to Exceptional Children (or equivalent)
Inquiry (Critical Thinker)9
Applied Behavior Analysis 1
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
Learning and Behavior Disorders Practicum 1
Midpoint Assessment
Area of Emphasis 18
Teaching Mathematics to Students with Disabilities
Methods for Students with Learning and Behavior Disorders 1
Assessment Procedures for Students with Learning & Behavior Disorders 1
Characteristics, Needs, and Respones to Students with EBD 1
Teaching Reading Special Education P-12 1
Autism: Introduction and Understanding
Advanced Applied Behavior Analysis
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 (EDSP 512, 516, 644, 518); scored Exemplary or Target performance on all Advanced Program rubrics.

Exit Assessment: Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; grade no lower than B- in all coursework; scored Exemplary or Target performance on all Hallmark Assessment Tasks; scored Exemplary or Target performance on all 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.

Successful completion of appropriate PRAXIS Exams is required for Learning and Behavior Disorders teacher certification.

PRAXIS Disclaimer:

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

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 Course is required for certification.


MEd in Special Education with a concentration in Moderate and Severe Disabilities (grades P-12) 

Academic Plan Code(s): SPE_MEDMSV, SPEMEDMSO

This program can be completed in a traditional classroom format or entirely online.

Prerequisite for admission to the program:
Teacher Certification
Introduction to Exceptional Children
Inquiry (Critical Thinker) 9
Applied Behavior Analysis 1
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
EDSP 635
1
Mid-Point Assessment
Area of Emphasis 18
Foundational Concepts in Intellectual and Physical Disability 1
Assessment of Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities
Moderate/Severe Disabilities Curriculum and Methods I 1
Moderate/Severe Disabilities Curriculum and Methods II 1
Autism: Introduction and Understanding
Behavior Analytic Approach to Communication 1
Minimum Total Hours36

Midpoint Assessment: Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; grade no lower than B- in all coursework; scored Exemplary or Target performance on all Hallmark Assessment Tasks to date (EDSP 520, 609, 611, 644); scored Exemplary or Target performance on all Advanced Program rubrics.

Exit Assessment: Cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher; grade no lower than B- in all coursework; scored Exemplary or Target performance on all Hallmark Assessment Tasks; scored Exemplary or Target performance on all 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.

Successful completion of the appropriate PRAXIS Exams is required for Moderate and Severe Disabilities teacher certification.

Praxis Disclaimer:

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

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 Course is required for certification.

The Master of Education in Special Education program 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. 

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: http://louisville.edu/online/About-Us (please scroll down near the bottom of the page and click on the licensing disclosures tab).