The basic tenet of the Teacher Leader Master of Arts Program at Georgetown College is to empower teachers to become educational leaders so that they can build capacity within their schools and districts. Teacher leaders gather and analyze information and data from multiple sources judiciously; identify and address students’ learning needs effectively; think critically about how to improve teaching and learning; and work cooperatively with others within and beyond the school to help all students achieve their fullest potential. The Teacher Leader MA with Moderate/Severe Disabilities certification is one option for meeting the program’s elective requirements. The certification can also be completed as a standalone program.

Prior LBD certification is required for admission to the Moderate/Severe Disabilities Certification Program

This program focuses on the issues and trends related to teaching students who are diagnosed with moderate and severe disabilities. Instructional, social, educational, and transitional needs are addressed from birth through adult life, while promoting collaboration with mainstream educators, families, and community agencies in inclusive settings. Our MSD program meets Council for Exceptional Children-Individualized Independent Curricula [IIC] National Standards for teachers of students with Moderate and Severe Disabilities; Kentucky Teacher Standards; and Georgetown College Conceptual Framework Standards.

This program can be completed in as little as 18 months and is delivered in an online format. Candidates must pass two PRAXIS exams to complete the program and to be eligible for Kentucky certification.

Highlights of the Program

  • Characteristics and needs of MSD learners
  • Specific instructional strategies for students in collaborative or resource classrooms and in the community
  • Behavior management strategies for school, home, and community settings
  • Support for teachers interacting with regular classroom teachers, as well as related service and community agency support personnel
  • Hands-on experience in classrooms with certified teachers
  • Exploration of alternate assessments for MSD students and inclusion in state testing
  • Opportunities to learn from experienced teacher educators who have worked with MSD students and adults
  • Research into current practices in local, state, and national programs; demonstration of strategies that are research-based and best practice.

Curriculum Contract

Program Directors

Dr. Melody Deprez - MSD


Dr. Andrea Peach - TLMA