Graduate Catalog 2023-2024

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

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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 Moderate and Severe Disabilities offers courses and experiences for the advanced preparation of special education teachers who teach students with low 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 (33 hours)

This program will focus on the assessment, instructional strategies, and/or areas of professional growth consistent with serving students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities.  

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 501Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis3
SPED 535Curriculum for Individuals with Moderate and Severe Disabilities3
SPED 529Assessment of Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities3
SPED 615Instructional Strategies for Students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities3
SPED 610Characteristics of Low Incidence Disorders3
SPED 612Collaboration between Schools and Stakeholders for Individuals with Disabilities3

Program Completion Requirements

Prior to earning certification, candidates must complete program requirements and meet praxis exam scores (see