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Special Education

Dr Arlene Hall, Coordinator

Undergraduate - Bachelor of Science

The undergraduate Learning and Behavior Disorders (LBD) Program prepares graduates for LBD Certification in grades P-12 This preparation includes classroom activities and many opportunities to work in the schools with children with disabilities. Individuals certified in LBD are trained to work with students with learning disabilities, behavior disorders, mild mental retardation, and other mild disabilities.

Undergraduate students in the LBD certification program complete programs of study in three general areas. First, they complete the Murray State University’s required University Studies Program. Second, students are required to complete the professional education courses sequence. Finally, they must complete content specific requirements the LBD program. A guide sheet listing the required courses can be seen here. In addition, for certification, LBD students must earn a passing score on two Praxis exams.

Graduate

Mild Learning and Behavior Disorders

Master of Arts in Education

This program leads to Rank II certification LBD, provided the student already possesses initial certification. 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 34 precise credit hours, the passing of an exit portfolio, and a minimum 3.0 GPA. A guide sheet listing the required courses can be seen here. In addition, for certification, LBD students must earn a passing score on two Praxis exams.

Fifth Year and Rank I in Mild Learning and Behavior Disorders

These programs lead to LBD certification, provided the student already possesses initial certification. Individuals certified in LBD are trained to work with students with learning disabilities, behavior disorders, mild mental retardation, and other mild disabilities. Guide sheets listing the required coursed can be seen here for 5 th year and Rank I.

Advanced Studies in Learning and Behavior Disorders
Master of Arts in Education
Rank I

This 30 hour program is designed for individuals certified in learning and behavior disorders who want advanced information in working with student learning and behavior disorders. There are two options for this program a practitioner track (non-thesis) and a thesis track. The program includes 15 hours of required coursework and limited electives for the other 15. This program must be preplanned with an advisor. The practitioner track requires an exit portfolio and oral presentation and the thesis track requires an oral defense of the thesis. A minimum grade point average of 3.0 is required for graduation.

This program can also be used in planning a Rank I. Guide sheets can be seen here for master’s and Rank I.