Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.)

LBD and MSD Certification

for Initial Certification

Online 60 - 63 credits * 3 years

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$263/mo

*if using financial aid

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Program Highlights & Benefits

100% online cohort

3 year completion time, including holiday breaks

No GRE required for some programs

No weekend classes

For

The Master of Arts in Education degree with certification in Learning and Behavior Disorders and Moderate and Disabilities is a certification program for candidates without a teaching certificate who wish to teach students with mild to moderate learning and behavior disabilities (LBD) and moderate and severe disabilities (MSD). Students who complete the full 60-63 hour course sequence will be eligible for both Rank 2 and Rank 1 in the state of Kentucky.

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) and to students with moderate and severe disabilities (MSD). Georgetown College’s Combined LBD and MSD Certification program provides teachers with the tools they need to work with P-12 students in a wide spectrum of special education settings.

Program Options

Students may choose from two tracks: Traditional Initial Certification or Alternative Initial Certification – Due to a lack of certified LBD/MSD 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/MSD certification program. Please note that students will not be eligible to teach in a MSD classroom until the full LBD program is completed.

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 3 years.

Career Outcomes

Upon completion of this program students will have earned a Master of Arts in Education degree and P-12 Certification both Learning & Behavior Disorders (LBD) and Moderate & Severe Disabilities (MSD). A passing score on the appropriate Praxis exams will be required to earn your LBD and MSD Certifications

Degree Requirements

Phase 1: LBD P-12 Certification

CourseTitleHours
ECE 500Educational Evaluation3
ECE 501Behavior and Classroom Management of LBD Students3
ECE 502Introduction to LBD3
ECE 503Educational Programming for LBD3
ECE 504Collaboration and Advocacy3
ECE 508Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorders3
ECE 575AField Studies in LBD Component I Part A3
ECE 575BField Studies in LBD Component I Part B3
ECE 586Final Clinical Practice/Student Teaching6
EDU 501Methods of Teaching Reading3
EDU 509Teaching Elementary School Mathematics3
ECE 542Using Technology to Remove Barriers for Students with Disabilities3
ECE 656Typical and Atypical Behavior3

Phase 2: MSD Certification**

CourseTitleHours
ECE 600Introduction to Teaching Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities3
ECE 602Curriculum and Instruction for Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities3
ECE 604Teaching Individuals with Physical or Multiple Disabilities3
ECE 606Transition Services for Students with Disabilities3
ECE 608Field Component in Moderate to Severe Disabilities3

Phase 2: Rank 1

Choose 1 or 2 elementary/secondary content-related elective courses. Electives may be chosen for the entire cohort.*3-6
 Total Credit Hours:60-63
Please Note:

NOTE: This 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.

*Total credit hours must equal at least 60 hours in order to get Rank 1.

**MSD portion not eligible for financial aid