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Master of Arts in Education Degree Programs

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Master of Arts in Education programs

Elementary/Early Childhood Programs: 
• Master of Arts in Education: Special Education/Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (Birth to Primary)
Appropriate undergraduate majors for program entry in the MA SE/IECE program are elementary education, early childhood education, special education, communication disorders, or other human service fields. A minimum of 3.0 GPA is required for completion of this NCATE approved program. You may contact the Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education program coordinator through links on the top of this page. Students can choose from three tracks in the MA Special Education/Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education program. This initial certification program is designed for students seeking their first certification in any education field. Students must meet all university requirements for admission to Teacher Education, pass clinical experiences in IECE as well as receive a pass the IECE Praxis exam.

 • Master of Arts in Education: Special Education/Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education
This certification program leads to eligibility for a certification in interdisciplinary early childhood education, birth to primary. Exit assessments for the certification programs include pass on practicum, an exit portfolio and the IECE Praxis exam.

 • Master of Arts in Education Reading and Writing (with Endorsement)
The graduate programs in Reading & writing are for candidates seeking Masters and 30 above certification. Candidates in the Master's degree program may take coursework that meets requirements for the Reading/Writing Endorsement for Grades P-12. Students must apply for admission to the Graduate Program. Students should read the MSU Graduate Bulletin carefully and consult with their advisor.

Special Education Programs: 
• Master of Arts in Education: Special Education/Mild Learning and Behavior Disorders (LBD)
This program leads to Rank II certification in LBD, provided the student already possesses initial certification in regular education. Individuals certified in LBD are trained to work with students with learning disabilities, behavior disorders, mild mental retardation, and other mild disabilities. This program requires 31 precise credit hours, the passing of an exit portfolio, and a minimum 3.0 GPA. For additional information on this program, please consult your advisor or refer to the program advising sheet.

• Master of Arts in Education: Special Education/Moderate to Severe Disabilities (P-12)
This program is for individuals with elementary, middle school, secondary or special education certifications (any area) who wish to obtain a P-12 certificate in moderate to severe disabilities. A valid teaching certificate is required for entrance. Your progress will be continuously assessed throughout the program using established program checkpoints and portfolio entries addressing Kentucky Teacher Standards. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required for completion of this program. Individuals currently certified in LBD, IECE, and CDI with teaching experience who are participating in the Alternative Route to Moderate to Severe Disabilities Certification may apply for this program once they have their Provisional Certificate.

Secondary Education Programs:
• Master of Arts in Education (Secondary Education) with Business and Marketing Specialization
Students seeking the M.A.Ed. in secondary education may complete a business and marketing specialization with 12 hours of 600 level courses. Courses must be planned and approved by a business education advisor. BED 610 is required as one of the courses.

• Master of Arts in Education (Secondary Education) with Health Specialization
Students seeking the M.A.Ed. in secondary education may complete a specialization in health with 12-15 semester hours of health courses.

• Master of Arts in Education (Secondary Education) with Industrial Education
Specialization Students seeking the M.A.Ed. in secondary education may complete an industrial education specialization (including Family and Consumer Studies) with 12 hours of 600 level industrial education courses.

• Master of Arts in Education (Secondary Education) with Physical Education Specialization
Students seeking the M.A.Ed. in secondary education may complete a specialization in physical education with 12-15 semester hours of physical education courses.

 School Administration
• Master of Arts in Education: School Administration
The Master of Arts in Education with an emphasis in School Administration consists of 30 credit hours for a degree that initially certifies the student as a Kentucky Instructional Supervisor (Level I), and may be certified as a Kentucky School Principal (Level I) upon completion of the Kentucky Principal Test and the School Leader Licensure Assessment. Other Kentucky endorsements, such as the Director of Pupil Personnel and Director of Special Education, are closely related to this degree and may be obtained with some additional coursework. There is a comprehensive exam and portfolio required for exit from the program.

• Master of Arts in Education (Middle School or Secondary Education) with School Improvement Leader Specialization
Students seeking a middle or secondary M.A.Ed. or +30 program in middle or secondary education, may complete a 12-hour school improvement leader specialization as part of the program requirements. Course experiences within the specialization are designed to support teachers as they serve in leadership roles such as School-Based Decision Making councils. This specialization does not lead to administrative certification or a certificate endorsement.

School Counseling
• Master of Arts in Education: School Counseling
This 48 credit hour degree certifies students as a Kentucky School counselor. Students completing this degree are offered a clinical program that affords students with the highest quality faculty supervision through practicum and internship experiences.

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