The graduate certification only program in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) prepares students for a variety of careers working with families and young children, birth through five years, including those with disabilities. Graduates of the IECE graduate certification program receive their initial certification and are prepared for a variety of teaching, research, and administration careers in settings such as preschool, kindergarten, early intervention (First Steps), childcare, research programs, state and local government agencies, hospitals as child and family life specialists, and other private or publicly-funded programs, such as Head Start, Early Start, and Kentucky’s HANDS Program. For more information, contact the IECE Program Chair Dr. Margaret Bausch.
The graduate and certificate programs in Moderate and Severe Disabilities (MSD) delivered via distance education technologies have three areas of focus: (a) an alternate certificate program in MSD, (b) a master’s degree program with a focus on leadership in special education, and (c) advancement in teaching rank. Coursework is delivered through distance education technology to teachers (those who live or work more than 45 minutes from campus) employed in settings that serve students with low incidence disabilities. For more information about the alternative certification program, please contact: Dr. Melinda Ault. For more information about the master’s degree program, please contact: Dr. Justin Lane.
Principalship Certification Program
The principal preparation program has several critical and unique features. Through this program, you will earn an Education Specialist (EdS) degree, participate in a learner-centered cohort model which supports student success and professional collaboration, participate in field experiences which are relevant to improving schools today, and use an electronic portfolio which supports and documents your continuous learning. For more information about this program, please contact: Dr. Lu Young.
Master of Science in Special Education
The UK Advanced Preparation Teacher Leader Program in Special Education is designed to prepare Advanced Practitioner/Leaders that can practice in special education for the benefit of students, colleagues, the community, and the nation. The 30-hour Teacher Leader Master’s degree in Special Education delivers this program to candidates in the Central Kentucky region and the state.
Candidates will complete a core of 16-18 credit hours of coursework in Special Education that focuses on Teacher Leadership in Special Education. Recognizing that candidates will want to specialize in their Special Education expertise, the program is designed to provide three specialization options: (1) Moderate and Severe Disabilities, (2) Learning and Behavior Disorders, and (3) Assistive Technology. Candidates select nine hours of coursework from one of these three tracks and use this coursework to focus their research projects and clinical experiences.
In concert with the other UK Teacher Leader Advanced Preparation programs, the Special Education Advanced Practitioner/Leader allows candidates to select three to five credit hours of coursework from a menu of courses, which supports candidates’ professional growth. The full program is made up of specialized coursework, diverse clinical experiences and residencies, action research projects, and teacher leadership projects. For more information, contact: Justin Lane, Ph.D.
Undergraduate Certificate in Leadership Studies
The Department of Educational Leadership Studies (EDL) in the College of Education and the Department of Community and Leadership Development (CLD) in the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment offer an undergraduate certificate in leadership studies. Four vital pillars are complimentary to undergraduate programs and are reflected throughout the content of course work in the following ways:
- Understanding core concepts about leadership
- Fostering team and organizational leadership
- Embracing community leadership
- Focusing on intercultural communication skills
For more information, contact: Dr. Maria Cahill.