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

Moderate and Severe Disabilities

For teachers certified in a field other than LBD

Online 42 major credits * 2.5 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

2.5 year completion time, including holiday breaks

No GRE required for some programs

No weekend classes


The Master of Arts degree with Certification in Moderate & Severe Disabilities is a certification program for certified teachers who wish to teach students with moderate to severe disabilities (MSD). No LBD Certification is required to be eligible for this program.

What You Learn

Kentucky needs highly effective MSD teachers. The Moderate & Severe Disabilities program is designed to provide certified teachers with knowledge and strategies to teach MSD school-age children and young adults, as well to plan for their transition into adult life. Research-based practices are stressed. Instructional, social, educational, and transitional needs are addressed from birth through adult life. Collaboration with regular education, families, and community agencies in inclusive settings is emphasized.

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). Face-to-face class meetings are not required. 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 the courses outline below, students will have earned a Master of Arts in Education degree and P-12 Certification in Moderate & Severe Disabilities. A passing score on the Praxis exam will be required to earn MSD certification.

Degree Requirements

ECE 600Introduction to Teaching Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities3
ECE 604Teaching Individuals With Physical and Multiple Disabilities3
ECE 606Transition Services for Students With Disabilities3
ECE 612Language Development and Literacy Instruction3
ECE 502Introduction to Teaching Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities3
ECE 565Typical and Atypical Development3
ECE 602Curriculum and Instruction for Students with Moderate to Severe Disabilities3
ECE 500Education Evaluation3
ECE 614Social Skills Development and Community Access3
ECE 610Supporting Challenging Behaviors3
ECE 616Field Component MSD6
ECE 542Using Technology to Remove Barriers for Students with Disabilities3
ECE 508Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder3
 Total Credit Hours:42
Please Note:

NOTE: This is only an introduction of the program. Coursework may be taken in a different order.