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Master of Arts in Education – Teacher as Leader in Learning & Behavior Disorders (LBD)

Complete Coursework: as few as 18 months Credit Hours: 30-51 Tuition: Starts at $12,480

Overview


Master of Arts in Education – Teacher as Leader in Learning & Behavior Disorders (LBD) Online

Positively impact student learning in your classroom and school while serving students with learning and behavior disorders with the 100% online Master of Arts in Education – Teacher as Leader in Learning & Behavior Disorders (LBD). This program is designed to give you a solid foundation in the theory and pedagogy needed to support all learners and teach you trends and effective interventions for individuals with learning disabilities and behavioral disorders.

Taught by the same dedicated faculty who teach on campus, this program promotes the knowledge and skill sets needed to advance the quality of services and educational programs for students with disabilities. Choose either to achieve a Rank 2 certification in Kentucky or the non-certification option in special education, and prepare to work as a leader and change agent in P-12 school settings.

In this program, you will:

  • Learn skills to become a better classroom teacher for all the students with diverse learning needs in the general education classroom
  • Study the principles and procedures needed to plan instruction for students with learning or behavior disorders
  • Explore instructional methods and techniques for designing and implementing effective teaching to meet the needs of students with mild disabilities
  • Develop materials and methods for the inclusion of students with disabilities in general elementary, middle, and secondary classrooms

Courses

In order to earn the Master of Arts in Education – Teacher as Leader in Learning & Behavior Disorders (LBD) online, students must complete 10 courses, comprising 30 credit hours. For students seeking certification, an additional 18-21 credit hours are required, for a total of 48-51 credit hours.

To see the full list of online courses for this program, view courses.

Admissions

Take the first step toward earning the degree you've been dreaming of. We streamlined the process to make it easier and less time consuming for you. Requirements for the Master of Arts in Education – Teacher as Leader in Learning & Behavior Disorders (LBD) online program include a minimum 2.75 GPA and a valid teaching certificate.

To learn more about the admission requirements for this program, view admissions.

Please review the Program Map to determine eligibility of this program in your state.

Tuition

Tuition for the Master of Arts in Education – Teacher as Leader in Learning & Behavior Disorders (LBD) online program starts at $12,480. The graduate application fee is $40. Tuition is the same for students living inside or outside Kentucky and can be paid by the course. All fees are included in the total tuition cost.

To learn more about the tuition for this program, view tuition.

Calendar

With multiple start dates each year, the Master of Arts in Education – Teacher as Leader in Learning & Behavior Disorders (LBD) online program is convenient and accessible. After selecting the desired start date, students should consider deadlines for completing an application, turning in all required documentation, registering for classes, and paying tuition.

To see the full calendar of upcoming start dates for this program, view calendar.

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Courses


For the Master of Arts in Education – Teacher as Leader in Learning & Behavior Disorders (LBD) online program, students seeking non-certification must complete 10 courses, for a total of 30 credit hours. For students seeking certification, an

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Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 0

Orientation to the Master of Arts in Education Teacher as Leader program including graduate policies and procedures, selection of a specialization/endorsement, advising services, certification, educator dispositions, professional behaviors, online learning, and the action research sequence.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course is an introduction to school leadership. Students will engage in a thorough investigation of contemporary leadership research, scholarship, theory, and practice. This course will introduce the concept of “transformative” change in schools, classrooms, and in individuals. Participants will create personal and professional growth plans to enhance their effectiveness.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to education research enabling candidates to become effective consumers and users of research in education. It will improve candidates’ ability to apply research findings appropriately in school settings and will lay a foundation for an original action research project.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Research, theory, policy, and practice in multicultural and diversity education; recognizing race, class, gender, learning, and linguistic diversity within home, schools, and community settings; developing and demonstrating culturally relevant and responsive approaches to meeting the needs of students.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Research-based best practices and models of instructional design to meet the needs of all learners in a school setting.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 2

(Students will repeat this course for a total of 2 credit hours: two 7-week sessions)
Methods and skills needed to design, conduct, interpret and apply action research to address issues in classrooms and schools through data driven decision making; develop a research proposal related to a specific P-12 educational issues, secure permission from a local educational agency to conduct research, comply with regulations related to human subjects research, and develop an implementation plan for the proposed research project.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1

(Students will repeat this course for a total of 1 credit hour: two 7-week sessions.)
This course examines various aspects of conducting applied educational research. Students will complete a research project addressing a specific educational issue leading to enhanced P-12 student learning, including data analysis, written summary of research findings, and present their findings to faculty and peers.

Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Nature and needs of students with exceptionalities; overview of legal requirements and educational approaches.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Current views of literacy; theories of literacy; approaches, methods, and materials of reading assessment, planning, and instruction. Required for standard elementary certification.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Definitions, etiological factors, assessment, and remedial approaches for learning and behavior disorders.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Characteristics and educational programs for students who have intellectual disabilities or orthopedic and/or health impairments.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Principles, instruments, and procedures to place and plan instruction for students with learning or behavior disorders.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Principles of behavior analysis applied to curriculum, methodology, and management of students with disabilities; behavioral teaching methods contrasted with alternative management techniques.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Instructional methods and techniques for designing and implementing effective teaching to meet the needs of students with mild disabilities.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Information, skills, and resources for effective interaction with parents and families of children with disabilities.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Legislation and instructional practices relating to the education of students with exceptionalities. Course covers various methods of co-teaching as well as locating, adapting, and developing materials and methods for including students with disabilities in general elementary, middle, and secondary classrooms.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Characteristics of adolescents with learning and behavior disorders; educational programming for secondary students with mild disabilities.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Learning hierarchies in mathematics, cognitive processes, assessment and instructional techniques; concepts of the elementary school mathematics curriculum.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3-6

Classroom field experience in added area of certification; individual project.

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Admissions


Take the first step toward earning your degree online. Find out the requirements for the Master of Arts in Education – Teacher as Leader in Learning & Behavior Disorders (LBD) online, what additional materials you should send, and where you need to send them.

MAEd Teacher Leader – LBD Online Requirements

  • Complete online application for admission
  • Pay $40 non-refundable application fee
    • If you are an NKU alumni or active/veteran military member, your application fee will be waived
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate (if applicable) coursework from regionally accredited institutions
  • Minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Teaching Certificate: Submit a copy of current teaching certificate or out-of-state equivalent. New teachers in Kentucky may submit a Kentucky Statement of Eligibility
  • Submit official scores for the Graduate Record Examination (general test) taken within the past five years
    • The GRE requirement is waived for applicants who have an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher, and for applicants who have already earned a master’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Teacher as Leader Admission Agreement: Print, sign, and submit the Teacher as Leader Admission Agreement to the Office of Graduate Education.
  • Supplemental application

If you need to submit official documents by mail, send them to:

NKU Office of Graduate Education
302 Lucas Administrative Center
Highland Heights, KY 41099

Or email documentation to graduate@nku.edu

Have a question? Call us at 800-985-7215 800-985-7215.

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Tuition


The following is the tuition breakdown for students pursuing a Master of Arts in Education – Teacher as Leader in Learning & Behavior Disorders (LBD) online. The tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.

Program Per Credit Hour Required Fees Total With Fees
Master of Arts in Education – Teacher as Leader in Learning & Behavior Disorders (LBD) $400 $480 Starts at $12,480*

*This does not include the additional hours needed for certification.

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Calendar


For the Master of Arts in Education – Teacher as Leader in Learning & Behavior Disorders (LBD) Online

First Starts Program Start Date Application Deadline Registration Deadline Document Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day Registration Open
Fall 2 10/16/19 10/04/19 10/12/19 10/09/19 10/16/19 12/06/19 3/28/2019
Spring 1 01/13/20 01/02/20 01/09/20 01/06/20 01/13/20 02/28/20 10/31/19
Spring 2 03/16/20 03/04/20 03/12/20 03/09/20 03/16/20 05/01/20 10/31/19
Summer 1 05/11/20 04/29/20 05/07/20 05/04/20 05/11/20 06/26/20 TBD
Summer 2 06/29/20 06/17/20 06/25/20 06/22/20 06/29/20 08/14/20 TBD
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