Special Education (Moderate and Severe Disabilities)

University of Louisville

M.Ed. Online
24 months
764 USD/credit
764 USD/credit
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The Special Education (Moderate and Severe Disabilities) program from the University of Louisville provides a strong foundation in general education content, special education theory and methods, and teaching experience.


Extensive classroom experience allows students to develop the skills, competencies, and confidence for successful teaching, including strategies for inclusion, behavior management, social skill instruction, and modifying instruction in the general curriculum. Students in the Special Education (Moderate and Severe Disabilities) program from the University of Louisville also benefit from the supervision and mentorship of experienced practitioners, field supervisors, or university faculty. The program's special education professors are experienced practitioners who are experts in their fields as researchers, teachers, and administrators.

Licensure to teach students with moderate and severe disabilities prepares candidates to teach students with intellectual disabilities that impede academic achievement and adaptive behavior skills (e.g., communication, social behavior, and daily living activities). Elementary teachers work primarily with beginning or remedial skills in academic content (English language arts, math, science, and social studies) and adaptive behaviors. Middle Grades and Secondary teachers address these skills in addition to preparing students to transition to vocations or to post-secondary education. 

Students with moderate and severe disabilities may spend all or part of their time in traditional classroom settings, but may also receive special education instruction for part of the day in resource rooms, or in self-contained classrooms within the school. Students with moderate and severe disabilities may have intellectual disabilities, autism, multiple disabilities, or other health impairments.


Graduates of this program acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to address the needs of students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Legal Issues in Special Education
  • Methods for Students with Learning and Behavior Disorders
  • Communication and Socialization in Early Childhood
  • Assessment Procedures for Students with Learning & Behavior Disorders
  • Teaching Reading Special Education
  • Assessment of Students with Moderate/Severe Disabilities

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months
    • Flexible

Start dates & application deadlines




36 alternative credits


  • No Attendance

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Completed Online Graduate Application for Admission
  • Application fee (non-refundable)
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended with a minimum GPA of in the Bachelor's degree and a minimum 3.0 GPA or higher for graduate work.
  • Two letters of recommendation – Please list the email addresses for two recommenders in the appropriate section of the online application. Recommenders will receive instructions and forms that they will complete electronically.
  • GRE Scores – When submitting GRE scores through ETS, have scores sent to the general University of Louisville code, 1838. GRE scores are required.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    764 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 764 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    764 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 764 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.


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Special Education (Moderate and Severe Disabilities)
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