Special Education for Teacher Leaders, Moderate and Severe Disabilities, Master of Arts in Education (0438)
Department website: http://www.wku.edu/ste/
Elizabeth G. Kirby, email@example.com, (270) 745-3746
The Exceptional Education program area offers courses and experiences for the advanced preparation of Exceptional Education teachers in Moderate and Severe Disabilities and for those seeking additional certification in Moderate and Severe Disabilities who already hold LBD certification.
The Exceptional Education program area offers courses and experiences for the advanced preparation of Exceptional Education teachers in Moderate and Severe Disabilities and for those seeking additional certification in Moderate and Severe Disabilities who already hold LBD certification. A teaching certificate in Exceptional Education MSD or Exceptional Education LDB must be submitted or statement of eligibility with their applications.
Admission criteria vary depending on the student's undergraduate institution and GPA:
- Applicants who are alumni of WKU teacher preparation programs must have or be eligible for a teaching certificate1 and must submit a copy of the certificate or statement of eligibility with their applications.
- Applicants who completed their initial certification program at another Kentucky institution with at least a 2.75 GPA2 for all previous coursework (undergraduate and graduate) must have or be eligible for a teaching certificate1 and must submit a copy of the certificate or statement of eligibility with their applications.
- Applicants who completed their initial certification program at an accredited out-of-state institution with at least a 2.75 GPA2 for all previous coursework (undergraduate and graduate) must have or be eligible for a teaching certificate1 and must submit a copy of the certificate or statement of eligibility with their applications.
Kentucky applicants whose certificates have expired may be admitted, but they may enroll for only six hours before they must apply to the EPSB for reissued certificates. After completion of six hours, a student admitted with an expired certificate must submit a copy of the re-issued certificate before being allowed to register for any additional courses. Applicants from out-of-state with expired certificates must complete the requirements for their respective states to renew their certificates and submit a copy of the reissued certificate.
Applicants with undergraduate degrees from all other accredited universities with a GPA lower than 2.75 (undergraduate and graduate) must achieve a GAP score of 550 or higher. The 550 score must include a GRE Verbal Reasoning score of 139 or higher, a GRE Quantitative score of 139 or higher, and a GRE Analytical Writing score of 3.5 or higher. For GRE scores prior to August 1, 2011, a GAP score of 2200 or higher and a GRE Analytical Writing score of 3.5 or higher is required. In addition, applicants must have a valid teaching certificate in any area. A copy of the teaching certificate. GAP score = (GRE-V + GRE-Q) + (Undergraduate GPA x 100)
Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.
Program Requirements (31-37 hours)
The first component, Professional Education, provides advanced level pedagogy, leadership, and content related to Kentucky Teacher Standards and applicable to all P-12 teachers working in the wide gamut of developmental levels and content areas. The second component, Specialization, directs the candidate into an individual program in content, pedagogy, and/or areas of professional growth consistent with the goals of each candidate and related to serving students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities. An Action Research Project for Teacher Leaders focusing on a classroom, school, or district issue is the capstone for the completion of the program.
|Professional Education Core|
|TCHL 500||Foundations of Teacher Leadership 1||3|
|TCHL 530||Curriculum Development||3|
|TCHL 545||Classroom Instruction Strategies 2||3|
|TCHL 555||School and Classroom Assessment 2||3|
|TCHL 559||Capstone Project Design for Teacher Leadership||1|
|TCHL 560||Capstone Project for Teacher Leadership||3|
|Mid-Point Assessment Requirements|
|To ensure that all students are proficient on Advanced Level Kentucky Teacher Standards, all Critical Performances associated with the above TCHL courses must be completed, even in a candidate's program of studies does not include the courses. Except for TCHL 560, which should be taken toward the end of their program, candidates may only complete 6 hours in their Specialization Component before they have taken all TCHL courses and/or uploaded all Critical Performances and have achieve an average score of 3.0 on all performances and an average score of 3 on dispositions. Additional course work may be required based on the assessment results.|
|Core Specialization Component|
|SPED 530||Advanced Assessment Techniques||3|
|SPED 630||Special Education Law and Finance||3|
|SPED 595||Advanced Preparation Capstone for Special Education 3||3|
|Advanced Certification Pathway Courses|
|SPED 619||Assistive Technological and Communication Interventions for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders||3|
|MSD Certification choose:||9|
|Collaboration with Schools and Agencies for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders|
|Instructional Strategies and Design for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders|
|Social Skills Instruction & Behavioral Programming for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders|
|LDB Certification choose:||9|
|Curriculum for Individuals with Moderate and Severe Disabilities|
|Seminar: Contemporary Challenges in Special Education|
|Families, Professionals and Exceptionalities|
TCHL 500 is a required course and is a prerequisite to all other courses. While enrolled in TCHL 500, students will use several documents, including their KTIP assessments or in-kind examples, dispositions self-surveys, referrals from school personnel, and their respective School Improvement Plan, to develop with their respective program advisors individualized programs of study of 30-37 hours related to Kentucky Teacher Standards and professional goals. Each student's program of study will include some or all of the TCHL courses, plus additional education-related or content courses.
All students must complete TCHL 545 and TCHL 555 or pass proficiency evaluations for these courses. TCHL 500, TCHL 530, TCHL 559 and TCHL 560 are required for all students, and there are no proficiency evaluations that may be substituted for these courses.
Students must submit a passing score on the Praxis II prior to enrollment in SPED 595 and should take SPED 595 as their final course in their program. Students currently teaching may use their current teaching position to meet this requirement if they are teaching in the subject area and grade level for which they are seeking certification, Students not currently teaching in a setting serving students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities must complete an internship experience that consists of field experience hours in an approved setting serving students with disabilities consistent with the subject area and grade level for which they are seeking certification.
- Students must successfully complete TCHL 560 (course grade of C or higher) and present research results in an approved venue.
- Students must achieve a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA overall and in program coursework.