Master's of Education (M.Ed.) Moderate & Severe Disabilities (P-12) Certification

For:

The Master of Arts degree with Certification in Moderate & Severe Disabilities is a certification program for certified teachers who wish to teach students with moderate to severe disabilities (MSD). Certified teachers are required to hold prior LBD certification in order to be admitted to the program.

What You Learn:

Kentucky needs highly effective MSD teachers. The Moderate & Severe Disabilities program is designed to provide certified teachers with knowledge and strategies to teach MSD school-age children and young adults, as well to plan for their transition into adult life. Research-based practices are stressed. Instructional, social, educational, and transitional needs are addressed from birth through adult life. Collaboration with regular education, families, and community agencies in inclusive settings is emphasized.

How You Learn:

Blended Option: This is a blended cohort. For three nights out of each 7 week course, a face-to-face class session will be held from 5:00 to 8:30 p.m., the same night of the week for the entire program. These class meetings will be supplemented by additional online activities which may include assignments, webinars or chats, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities done electronically outside of class. You will finish one course every 7 weeks. Following this schedule, you will complete the program in approximately 18 months.

Online Option: This is a fully online cohort. Face-to-face class meetings are not required. You will log into the online classroom using our online learning management system to participate in online activities which may include assignments, webinars or chats, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities done electronically. You will finish one course every 7 weeks. Following this schedule, you will complete the program in approximately 18 months.

Career Outcomes:

Upon completion of the courses outline below, students will have earned a Master of Arts in Education degree and P-12 Certification in Moderate & Severe Disabilities. A passing score on the Praxis exam will be required to earn MSD certification. Candidates for this program will already hold prior LBD certification and will have the option to complete a Master of Arts in Education Teacher Leader or Rank 1 School Improvement Master of Arts in Education Degree along with their MSD certification. Those certified teachers who do not currently hold an LBD certification may be interested in our combined LBD & MSD option

Degree Requirements:

Course Title Hours
ECE 600* *Introduction to Teaching Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities 3
ECE 602* *Curriculum and Instruction for Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities 3
ECE 604* *Teaching Individuals with Physical or Multiple Disabilities 3
ECE 606* *Transition Services for Students with Disabilities 3
ECE 608* *Field Component in Moderate to Severe Disabilities 3
Master's Professional Core 18
  Total Credit Hours: 33

NOTE: This is only an introduction of the program. Coursework may be taken in a different order.

*Courses denoted with an asterisk may be taken to earn MSD certification only (without a Master's degree).