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

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


Program Coordinator

Andrea Paganelli, andrea.paganelli@wku.edu, (270) 745-4420

The Special Education program area offers courses and experiences for the advanced preparation of special education teachers in Moderate and Severe Disabilities.

Program Admission

The Special Education program area offers courses and experiences for the advanced preparation of special education teachers in Moderate and Severe Disabilities.  

Admission criteria vary depending on the status of the applicant's current teaching license.

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 (33-39 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.  

For candidates without current certification in Special Education for Learning and Behavior Disorders or Moderate and Severe Disabilities, additional courses must also be completed.  

Required Courses
SPED 501Introduction to Applied Behavior Analysis3
SPED 502Positive Behavior Supports3
SPED 615Instructional Strategies for Students with Developmental Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorder3
SPED 618Social Skills Instruction & Behavioral Programming for Students with DD/ASD3
SPED 517Transition Services and Programs for Individuals with Disabilities3
SPED 612Collaboration with Schools and Agencies for Individuals with DD/ASD3
SPED 611Advanced Capstone for Low Incidence Disabilities, DD/ASD/MSD3
SPED 535Curriculum for Individuals with Moderate and Severe Disabilities3
SPED 610Characteristics of Low Incidence Disorders3
SPED 529Assessment of Students with Severe Disabilities3
LITE 535Survey of Educational Technology Practices3
Additional Required Courses for Students without an Initial LBD or MSD license0-6
Special Education Law and Finance (3 hrs)
Alternative and Augmentative Communication Modalities (3 hrs)
Total Hours33-39