University of Louisville

Online Learning

Masters of Education in Special Education



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

MEd - Special Education

Format: Online

Program Description:

The University of Louisville offers an Online Masters of Education in Special Education with four concentrations. The M.Ed in Special Education concentrations in Learning and Behavioral Disorders (LBD), and Moderate & Severe Disabilities (MSD) are designed for licensed teachers looking to become certified to teach Special Education in their state (open only to licensed teachers). The M.Ed in Special Education concentrations in Assistive Technology and Autism are designed for individuals looking to gain expertise in the field of Special Education (open to all interested professionals).

Special Education Concentrations for Licensed Teachers

The special education licensure program 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.

Moderate and Severe Disabilities

This concentration prepares teachers to work with 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 Grade and Secondary teachers address these skills in addition to preparing students to transition to vocations or to post-secondary education. Candidates are able to gain experience in a variety of settings (traditional classroom, self-contained classroom, resource room etc.)

Learning and Behavior Disorders

Through this program teachers increase their knowledge and expertise in teaching students with Behavior Disorders, Learning Disabilities, Mild Mental Disabilities and Orthopedic Impairments at all grade levels from

Special Education Concentrations for all Professionals

These degrees lead to a Master of Education degree in Special Education as well as a certificate in the specific concentration area from the University of Louisville. Note that these concentrations do not lead to teacher certification, and therefore do not qualify graduates to teach special education in the school system. Graduates interested in gaining licensure to become a special education teacher should refer to the MSD or LBD programs outlined below.

Assistive Technology

Assistive technology involves the use of technological tools and devices to remove barriers for those with disabilities. Assistive technology addresses the importance of universal design and accessibility. This concentration in assistive technology gives graduate students the knowledge and skills necessary to use various assistive technologies to address the needs of persons with low incidence and/or severe disabilities. The goal of the program is to offer a master's degree that will advance an educator's knowledge and expertise in this specialty area.


This concentration provides in-depth understanding of individuals with Autism/Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD) across the lifespan. Graduate students will learn to use alternative communication systems to address the needs of persons with Autism/PDD.


Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

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