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Master of Arts in Education – Teacher as Leader in Moderate & Severe Disabilities

Complete Coursework: as few as 18 months Credit Hours: 30-52 Tuition: $12,480

Overview


Master of Arts in Education – Teacher as Leader in Moderate & Severe Disabilities

Develop the knowledge and skills to ensure that students with moderate and severe disabilities reach their learning potential with the Master of Arts in Education – Teacher as Leader in Moderate & Severe Disabilities (MSD). This 100% online program is designed to prepare you to work with students with intellectual disabilities that impede academic achievement and adaptive behavior skills.

Study how to assess students with MSD and learn how to design differentiated instruction based on their needs. You will also learn behavioral management skills for children with the most significant disabilities and how to collaborate with teachers and parents to develop effective strategies to enhance student learning.

Taught by the same dedicated faculty who teach on campus, this program will prepare you to work in a variety of roles, such as teaching in self-contained settings and resource classes as well as co-teaching with general education teachers.

In this program, you will:

  • Gain a strong foundation of special education theory, methods, and practical teaching experience
  • Understand the field of special education, including legislation and litigation that has affected the rights of individuals with disabilities
  • Learn the nature and needs of students with exceptionalities and the characteristics of students who have intellectual disabilities or orthopedic and/or health impairments
  • Study principles of behavior analysis applied to curriculum, methodology, and management of students with disabilities

Courses

In order to earn the Master of Arts in Education – Teacher as Leader in Moderate & Severe Disabilities (MSD) online, students must complete 12 courses, comprising 30 credit hours. For students seeking certification, an additional 19-22 credit hours are required, for a total of up to 52 credit hours.

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

Admissions

Take the first step toward achieving the degree you've been dreaming of. We streamlined the process to make it as quick and easy as possible for you. Admission requirements for the Master of Arts in Education – Teacher as Leader in Moderate & Severe Disabilities (MSD) 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.

Tuition

Tuition for the Master of Arts in Education – Teacher as Leader in Moderate & Severe Disabilities (MSD) online program is $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 Moderate & Severe Disabilities (MSD) 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 Moderate & Severe Disabilities (MSD) online program, students who already hold certification seeking non-certification must complete 12 courses, for a total of 30 credit hours. For students seeking certification, an additional 19-22 credit hours are required, for a total of 49-52 credit hours.

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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

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

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

Students must take the following courses:

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Evaluating for assistive technology; approaches and devices for communication, mobility, and sensory impairments; distances learning technology for transition to the community and post school careers.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Theories of language development; teaching functional communication skills; skills necessary for pre interactions; assistive technology and communication; teaching conversational skills.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Knowledge of and skills in coordinating agencies and community services that provide opportunities for students with multiple disabilities.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Theoretical perspectives, measurement systems, ecological inventories, functional behavior assessment, and positive and proactive behavior intervention plans.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 4

Assessing functional skills; formal and informal assessment; portfolio assessment; adaptive approaches; teaching self-care and independent living skills, language skills, motor skills, social skills, and career skills; community-based instruction, transportation and mobility; encouraging student self-determination; and teaching for skill generalization.

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 Moderate & Severe Disabilities (MSD) online, what additional materials you should send, and where you need to send them.

MAEd – Teacher as Leader in Moderate & Severe Disabilities (MSD) 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 Moderate & Severe Disabilities (MSD) online. The tuition is the same for in-state and out-of-state students.

Program Per Credit Hour Required Fees Total With Fees
MAEd – Teacher as Leader in Moderate & Severe Disabilities (MSD) $400 $480 $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 Moderate & Severe Disabilities (MSD) 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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