Requirements for a Master of Arts in Education (MAEd), Learning and Behavior Disorders Endorsement Grades P-12

Overall MAEd Requirements

  • A program of study that includes a minimum of 30 hours of course work with a minimum of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average throughout the program.
  • The successful completion of a program of study including core courses, emphasis courses, and a final culminating project.
  • A minimum of 24 hours of graduate credit earned in residence at Bellarmine. All credit hours must have faculty advisor approval.
  • Completion of all degree work within six years of the applicant’s first registration in his/her program.

Bellarmine University’s Master of Arts in Education degree with an advanced emphasis in Learning and Behavior Disorders (Grades P-12) offers educators an opportunity to tailor their masters degree toward their personal and/or professional needs relative to the area of special education. Candidates will complete a set of core course requirements and then will complete their program specialization based on a needs assessment with their faculty advisor. Specialization offerings include courses in behavior intervention, literacy, special education, and technology.

Candidates who have engaged in extended professional development sessions relevant to the area of special education through their school system may be eligible for academic course credit upon approval from their advisor. Courses for the Master of Arts in Education are offered each semester including intensive summer sessions. Courses offered during the fall and spring semesters are available in late afternoon or early evening formats in keeping with a teacher’s schedule.

Acceptance into this program requires the student to hold a valid classroom teaching certificate.

Requirements for those with a valid Elemendary Education degree or license:

Core Requirements: 18 hours

  • EDUG 601 Research Methodology for School Leaders
  • EDUG 636 Advanced Curriculum and Methods
  • EDUG 644 Teacher Leadership for Equity in Schools and Community
  • EDUG 648 Technology Across the Curriculum
  • EDUG 672 Dynamic Teacher Leadership
  • LITR 663 Diagnosis of Reading Difficulties

Specialization Requirements: 21 hours

  • SPED 510 Nature and Needs of Children with LBD
  • SPED 515 Speech and Language Development
  • SPED 520 Early Childhhood Education of Children with Exceptional Needs
  • SPED 525 Procedures for Children with LBD
  • SPED 540 Educational Measurement
  • EDUG 612 Advanced Field Placement
  • EDUG 613 Advanced Professional Placement

Requirements for those with a valid Middle School or Secondary Education degree or license:

Core Requirements: 15 hours

  • EDUG 601 Research Methodology for School Leaders
  • EDUG 644 Teacher Leadership for Equity in Schools and Community
  • EDUG 648 Technology Across the Curriculum
  • EDUG 672 Dynamic Teacher Leadership
  • LITR 545 Reading in the Content Areas

Specialization Requirements: 28 hours