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 wku.edu/ste/sped/graduate.php.
Along with all graduate studies admission deadlines (see current graduate catalog), for priority consideration for admission, students should submit application materials to graduate studies by the following dates:
Students submitting materials after the above deadline dates cannot be guaranteed that applications will be reviewed in time for admission for the upcoming term nor that course space will be available.
APPLY THROUGH GRADUATE STUDIES ONLINE AT: wku.edu/graduate/prospective_students
Learning and Behavioral
TCHL 500 (3 hours)
Total – 37 hours
Moderate and Severe
TCHL 500 (3 hours)
Total – 37 hours
* Students who enter the program without having completed a previous introductory special education course must take SPED 516 – this will add an additional 3 hours to the required 37 hour program.
Students must successfully complete TCHL 560 with a course grade of C or higher and present research results in an approved venue.
Students must achieve a minimum 3.0 gpa overall and in program course work.
Financial Aid includes grants and loans for educational purposes. The government requires the student to file a form online to the government agency for this purpose which is called FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov to apply. Once that form is completed and filed, the student will receive an email from WKU about the status. All financial aid comes through the WKU Student Financial Aid office and they communicate mostly through email. The email will explain all the grants and/or loans that are available to the student and how to receive the money.
Nearly all students are eligible for some form of financial assistance. In fact, over 90% of the students who applied for financial aid in recent years received an award offer. Every effort is made to assist you and your family in obtaining the resources necessary to meet the difference between the total cost of attending Western Kentucky University and your ability to contribute toward your education.
If you would like to apply for financial assistance (loans, grants, scholarships, veteran's benefits) the first step is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at fafsa.ed.gov. Please refer to the Financial Aid Guide for additional information and complete instructions.
Please keep in mind, student must maintain satisfactory academic progress to continue to qualify for financial aid. For additional information on receiving, and keeping your financial aid, please refer to the WKU Financial Aid website to review the complete policy on Satisfactory Academic Progress at wku.edu/financialaid/sap.php.
On Demand courses may also be covered by financial aid if the student has met basic eligibility requirements and has a current FAFSA on file. Students must fill out an On Demand Agreement found on the WKU Financial Assistance website. Students receiving financial aid must complete their course(s) in the current semester. For more information please contact the Student Financial Assistance office at (270) 745-2755.
All college courses offered by On Demand have been approved for veterans and other persons eligible under the provisions of the GI Bill. Each student must assume the responsibility for submitting the proper forms to assure payment of appropriate entitlements. Please contact the Veterans Coordinator in Student Financial Assistance.
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