Special Education for Teacher Leaders, Moderate and Severe Disabilities, Master of Arts in Education (0438)

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http://www.wku.edu/ste/


Program Coordinator

Elizabeth G. Kirby, gail.kirby@wku.edu, (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.

Program Admission

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
1

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.

2

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.

Required Courses
Professional Education Core
TCHL 500Foundations of Teacher Leadership 13
TCHL 530Curriculum Development3
TCHL 545Classroom Instruction Strategies 23
TCHL 555School and Classroom Assessment 23
TCHL 559Action Research Design for Teacher Leaders1
TCHL 560Action Research Capstone for Teacher Leaders3
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.
Required Courses
Core Specialization Component
SPED 530Advanced Assessment Techniques3
SPED 630Special Education Law and Finance3
SPED 595Advanced Preparation Capstone for Special Education 33
Advanced Certification Pathway Courses
SPED 619Assistive Technological and Communication Interventions for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders3
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
Total Hours31-37
1

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.

2

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.

3

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.

Completion Requirements

  • 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.