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Online Masters of Arts in Special Education with Certification (LBD, P-12)

The School of Education at Kentucky State University (KSU) offers an on-line program for a Master of Arts (MA) in Special Education with Certification in Learning and Behavior Disorders (P-12). The intent of this program, which is referred to as the MASPE program, is to increase the diminished supply of special education teachers by targeting qualified college graduates, including those whose degrees are in fields other than education, and guiding them to move expeditiously through an intensive training and clinical experience, become certified special education teachers, and obtain a Master degree. The program serves as an Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB), Option 6 – alternative certification opportunity for those who wish to serve as Temporary Provisional (TP-TC) certified teachers in Special Education classrooms throughout the Commonwealth.  It is designed specifically to lead to teacher certification in the area of Learning and Behavior Disorders (LBD, P-12.) Individuals who are not certified teachers may seek initial teaching certification in LBD and those who are certified in another area may seek an “add on” certification in LBD. When successful graduates are employed as teachers in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, they are classified and compensated as Rank II.

MASPE Program Brochure

The following courses are required:

ESP 501: Special Topics in Education (Elective)
ESP 502: Legal & Parental Issues in Special Education

ESP 504: Theories of Reading & Educational Practices P-12

ESP 505: Teaching Mathematics to Children and Youth with Learning & Behavior Disorders

ESP 507: Introduction to Special Education

*ESP 510: Curriculum and Methods in Learning and Behavior Disorders

*ESP 511: Methods & Strategies in Behavior Management

ESP 515: Research in Special Education

ESP 523: The Individual with LD: Learning & Development through the Lifespan

*ESP 524: Instructional Assessment Methods

ESP 525: Inclusion, Collaboration, & Advocacy

ESP 526: Prescriptive Teaching

ESP 573: Practicum in Special Education - Option 6

ESP 574: Supervised Teaching OR

ESP 575: Supervised Student Teaching

 *Note: Courses are prerequisites for admission to Teacher Education Program (TEP)

The MASPE program is founded on personal student support, high expectations, relevant and practical experiences, and distance learning technology. From the beginning candidates are monitored in how to succeed in an electronic educational environment and they are provided 24/7/365 support in accessing course content, instructors, and colleagues from wherever a telephone or Internet service is available.

The MASPE program consists of a series of carefully designed, interactive accelerated coursework and field experiences. Each semester of coursework consists of two eight-week sessions that are delivered utilizing a variety of instructional electronic modalities.  This on-line program requires a number of field experiences totally at least 200 hours prior to the final clinical experience.  The only difference in requirements for student with varying experiential backgrounds is the final clinical course.

All students are required to complete a practicum/student teaching experience (ESP 573, ESP 574 or ESP 575). Each experience must be in an accredited public school classroom which contains students with Individual Education Plans (IEPs) in the area of Learning and Behavior Disorders (LBD). Each student must apply for permission to enroll in the Practicum/Student Teaching course and be approved by the Teacher Education Committee (TEC).  Applications for Practicum/Student Teaching, including all supporting evidence, must be submitted to the School of Education in Hathaway Hall Room 108 by the deadline of the semester prior to the semester he or she wishes to complete the practicum experience (Fall Deadline: October 15th; Spring Deadline: March 15th).

Practicum/Student Teaching Overview

ESP 573 - Practicum in Special Education – Option 6 - (3 hours) - The Option 6 teaching experience is designed exclusively for the MASPE candidate who currently (a) is employed in a regular (non - substitute), full-time position as a Special Education Teacher of record in a public school and (b) has a P - 12 class or caseload of students who have IEPs for EBD and/or LD. It is the culminating experience for MASPE’s alternative teacher certification (Option 6) program. The MASPE Practicum Teacher is supported, observed, and evaluated by a Mentor Teacher, who is full-time Special Education Teacher. The Mentor Teacher holds a Master degree in Special Education or related field and has had at least three years teaching experience as a teacher certified in Exceptional Education. During the course of the semester, the Supervised Teacher completes several assignments that verify his or her knowledge, skills, professional dispositions, and cultural competence, at a Master level. The MASPE Practicum Teacher remains employed, in his or her current teaching position, during the practicum.

ESP 574 - Supervised Teaching ( 12 hours) - The full - time, supervised teaching experience is designed for the MASPE candidate who has at least three years of experience as a professional educator, in a P - 12 school, and is not currently a Special Education Teacher of record in a public school. It is at least 70 days of full-time supervised teaching in an elementary school, middle school, or high school setting, with students who have IEPs for EBD and/or LD. The MASPE Supervised Teacher is directly supervised by a Mentor Teacher, who is a full-time Special Education Teacher. The Mentor Teacher holds a Master degree in Special Education or related field and has had at least three years teaching experience as a teacher certified in Exceptional Education. During the course of the semester, the Supervised Teacher completes several assignments that verify his or her knowledge, skills, professional dispositions, and cultural competence, at a Master level. The MASPE Supervised Teacher may not be employed during the school day, at a school or elsewhere, for the duration of Supervised Teaching.

ESP 575 - Supervised Student Teaching (12 hours) - The full - time student teaching experience is designed for the MASPE candidate who does not have at least three years of experience as a professional educator, in a P - 12 school. It is at least 70 days of full - time teaching, balanced between two school placements (elementary school, middle school, high school), with students who have IEPs for EBD and/or LD . The MASPE Student Teacher is directly supervised by a Cooperating Teacher, who is a full - time Special Education Teacher. The Cooperating Teacher holds a Master degree in Special Education or related field and has had at least three years teaching experience as a teacher certified in Exceptional Education. The MASPE Student Teacher also is supported, observed, and evaluated by a University Supervisor. During the course of the semester, the MASPE Student Teacher completes several assignments that verify his or her knowledge, skills, professional dispositions, and cultural competence, at a Master level. The MASPE Student Teacher may not be employed during the school day, at a school or elsewhere, for the duration of student teaching.

 





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