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The Teacher Leader programs are designed to empower teachers to address authentic needs in classroom management, differentiated instruction, and most importantly improve student learning. Teacher leaders are essential in leading schools to overcome student barriers to learning, particularly those that emerge from high-need environments. Placing highly trained teachers who are prepared for systemic change and leadership in schools will help close achievement gaps, facilitate learning for all students, and develop equitable practices to meet the needs of diverse learners.
• To directly impact student learning
• To include a Professional Education Core rooted in Pedagogy, Leadership, and Content applicable to all programs of study in teaching
• To allow individualized programs based on the candidates' professional learning goals
There are two tracks from which to select in the MAE in Special Education:
Moderate and Severe Disabilities
The Master of Arts/Teacher Leader in Special Education for Moderate and Severe Disabilities Advanced Preparation program is designed to develop Teacher Leaders who can positively impact student learning in their classrooms and schools while serving students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities (MSD). Courses and experiences include Professional Learning Communities in which students interact with other graduate students from various content areas and grade levels to discuss and work on real world challenges and promising practices they encounter in schools.
Learning and Behavior Disorders
The MAE in Special Education, Learning and Behavior Disorders (LBD), is program is designed to develop Teacher Leaders who can positively impact student learning in their classrooms and schools while serving students with Learning and Behavior Disorders. The School of Teacher Education, through the Exceptional Education program area, offers courses and experiences for initial preparation of Exceptional Education teachers and for those seeking advanced preparation. Advanced preparation programs include Professional Learning Communities in which students interact with other graduate students from various content areas and grade levels to discuss and work on real world challenges and promising practices they encounter in schools. There are two concentrations for advanced preparation:
LBOC: Advanced Preparation in LBD for those with prior teacher certification in any area other than Exceptional Education LBD.
LBLB: Advanced Preparation in LBD for those with prior certification in LBD.
For additional information on specific program requirements for the M.A.E. in Special Education visit the School of Teacher Education's website at http://wku.edu/ste/sped/graduate.php.
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