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

LBD and MSD Certification

for Initial Certification

Online 60 - 63 credits * 3 years

Repayment after graduation as low as


*if using financial aid

How to Pay
Accredited and Affordable Master's Programs

Program Highlights & Benefits

100% online cohort

3 year completion time, including holiday breaks

No GRE required for some programs

No weekend classes


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 to gain P-12 teaching certification through this program. This program allows for a LBD teaching certification and Rank II, MSD certification, and/or Rank I option. Please note if you are hired by a P-12 school district during your time in this program, you will be required to enroll into an Option 6 program. Please speak with our certification officer for more details.

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

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
EDU 576 Field Studies in LBD Component II, Final Clinical Practice 3-6
EDU 501 Methods of Teaching Reading (may be waived based on undergraduate transcript evaluation) 0-3
EDU 509 Teaching Elementary School Mathematics (may be waived based on undergraduate transcript evaluation) 0-3
ECE 542 Using Technology to Remove Barriers for Students with Disabilities 3
ECE 565 Typical and Atypical Development 3
ECE 600 Introduction to Teaching Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities 3
ECE 602 Curriculum and Instruction for Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities 3
ECE 604 Teaching Individuals with Physical or Multiple Disabilities 3
ECE 606 Transition Services for Students with Disabilities 3
ECE 608 Field Component in Moderate to Severe Disabilities 3
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. 

The state requires 200 hours of pre-clinical field hours and a full-time, a 15 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 (only LBD portion qualifies for alt. cert.).

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