Master's of Education (M.Ed.) with Learning and Behavior Disorders (P-12) Certification for Initial Certification


The Master of Arts degree with certification in Learning and Behavior Disorders is an initial certification program for candidates without a teaching certificate who wish to teach students with mild to moderate learning and behavior disabilities (LBD).

What You Learn:

Kentucky needs P-12 teachers who are committed to providing high-quality learning experiences and services to students with mild to moderate learning and behavior disorders (LBD). Georgetown College’s Learning/Behavior Disorders Master of Arts in Education helps to fill the ongoing need for teachers in this area.

Program Options

Students may choose from two tracks: Traditional Initial Certification or Alternative Initial Certification. Due to a lack of certified LBD teachers in specific areas, some schools are willing to hire candidates under a temporary-provisional certification who have a bachelor’s degree and are enrolled in an alternative LBD certification program.

How You Learn:

This is a fully online cohort. Most courses will be offered in a 7 and a half week format, though some 15 week courses may be included. (In which you will take two courses at a time). You will log into the online classroom using our online learning management system to participate in online activities which may include assignments, webinars or chats, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities done electronically. Following this schedule, you will complete the program in approximately 2 1/2 years.

Career Outcomes:

Upon completion of this program students will have earned a Master of Arts in Education degree and initial P-12 Certification in Learning/Behavior Disorders. A passing score on the Praxis exam will be required to earn your LBD Certification.

Degree Requirements:

Course Title Hours
ECE 500 Educational Evaluation 3
ECE 501 Behavior and Classroom Management of LBD Students 3
ECE 502 Introduction to LBD 3
ECE 503 Educational Programming for LBD 3
ECE 504 Collaboration and Advocacy 3
ECE 508 Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders 3
ECE 575A Field Studies in LBD Component I Part A 3
ECE 575B Field Studies in LBD Component I Part B 3
ECE 586 Final Clinical Practice/Student Teaching 6
ECE 542 Using Technology to Remove Barriers for Students with Disabilities 3
ECE 565 Typical and Atypical Behavior 3
EDU 501 Teaching Reading and Writing 3
EDU 509 Teaching Math in Elementary Grades 3
  Total Credit Hours: 42

NOTEThis is only an introduction to the program. Coursework may be taken in a different order.

Students are required to meet all admission criteria (including passing the Core Academic Skills for Educators or Graduate Record Exam and meeting the minimum GPA requirement of 2.75 GPA (3.0 on last 30 hours of coursework), in order to be fully admitted to the program. In order to be considered for an alternative-certification position, you must meet all admissions criteria before you may interview for a position.

The state requires 200 hours of pre-clinical field hours and a full-time, 14 week student teaching experience, which must be completed while not being in a paid position. This does not apply if you are in an alternative certification status.