Graduate Catalog 2023-2024

Special Education for Learning and Behavior Disorders, Master of Arts in Education (0457)

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Program Coordinator

Janet L. Tassell,, (270) 745-5306

Program Contact
Rachael Lee,, (270) 745-2819

The MAE Special Education program in Learning and Behavioral Disorders offers courses and experiences for the advanced preparation of special education teachers who teach students with high incidence disabilities.

Program Admission

Applicants must have or be eligible for a teaching certificate and must submit a copy of the certificate or statement of eligibility with their applications. 

Graduate School Admission

Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.

Program Requirements (30 hours)

EDU 502Positive Learning Environment3
SPED 517Transition Services and Programs for Individuals with Disabilities3
SPED 630Special Education Law and Finance3
SPED 618Social Skills Instruction & Behavioral Programming for Students with Disabilities3
SPED 590Advanced Internship in Special Education3
SPED 530Advanced Assessment of Students with Disabilities in General Education3
SPED 525Intervention Support for Students with Dyslexia and Other Reading Disabilities3
SPED 531Data-Based Individualization in Special Education3
SPED 501Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis3
SPED 612Collaboration between Schools and Stakeholders for Individuals with Disabilities3
Total Hours30

Program Completion Requirements

  • Students must successfully complete SPED 590 (course grade of Pass).
  • Students must achieve a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA overall and in program course work.
  • Prior to earning certification, candidates must complete program requirements and meet praxis exam scores (see