Graduate School Bulletin - Spring 2006

SPECIAL EDUCATION

Students may enroll for either degree or certification graduate programs in special education. Programs not leading to a degree are designed primarily for those who are seeking Kentucky Provisional, Rank II or Rank I Teacher Certification at the graduate level in the following certification areas:

1. Learning and Behavior Disorders

2. Moderate/Severe Disabilities

3. Director of Special Education

4. Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Special Education

Advanced programs of study are available in the following areas:

1. Early Childhood Special Education

2. Learning and Behavior Disorders

3. Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

4. Moderate/Severe Disabilities

The degree programs that are offered lead to the Master of Science in Education, Specialist in Education and Doctor of Education degrees. Within the framework of College and University requirements, all advanced graduate degree programs are individually planned. This flexibility makes it possible to structure an appropriate program for each student, based upon previous background and career aspirations. Following are brief descriptions of the various graduate degree programs.

Minimum hours for the Master of Science in Education degree are distributed as follows:

Department of Special Education and support areas in College 30

Course work outside program area of emphasis 6

Total 36

It should be noted that these are minimum requirements. Program deficiencies may result in programs of study that exceed the minimum. The Director of Graduate Studies should be contacted to obtain the specific number of courses required for each program of study.

At least half of the required semester hours must be earned in courses at the 600-700 level (excluding practica, independent study, and theses hours). All students also are required to take the following courses: Survey of Special Education, Applied Behavioral Analysis, Methods for Teaching Students with Disabilities, Single Subject Research Design, an advanced curriculum course, an advanced practicum, and 15 hours in their respective program areas. In addition, a thesis is required of all Master of Science in Education students in the Department of Special Education.

Students entering without a teaching certificate and who plan to receive an M.S. degree and teach in a Special Education certificate area must meet certificate program deficiencies, including certification requirements, as outlined by their advisor, in addition to completing the degree requirements listed above. Depending on their program of studies, students may obtain Rank II or Rank I certification concurrently with their master's degrees.

General requirements for the Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) degree have been described in a previous section of this Bulletin. Ed.S. programs are individually planned for in-depth study in an area of special education and require a research project and written product for completion.

The Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) program is designed to prepare leadership personnel for the field of special education. Primary emphasis is placed upon training persons for positions in higher education personnel preparation, technology applications in special education programs, and research in special education. Within the context of personnel preparation in special education, various program areas of emphasis can be planned. The requirements for this program are described in the Doctor of Education section of the Bulletin.

Admission Requirements

Department standards for admission to graduate work in special education are similar to those of the Graduate School. However, there are some additional requirements. All potential graduate students within the department must complete a departmental application. This application requires each student to submit (a) transcripts from each previously attended institution of higher education to the department, (b) letters of recommendation, and (c) an outline of professional goals and objectives. In addition to the above, students applying for admission to the department's doctoral program must (a) submit a sample of professional writing, (b) submit an autobiographical statement, and (c) interview with the departmental faculty. These interviews generally occur on campus but can be arranged through phone or electronic means if necessary. It should be noted that applicants who are pursuing a degree with a teaching certificate must be admitted to the College of Education's Teacher Education Program. Requirements for admission to this program vary by discipline. Potential students should contact the department's Director of Graduate Studies for additional information.

Financial assistance is available, on a competitive basis, to graduate students in special education. Students may apply for graduate assistantships at all levels of graduate study. Scholarships and assistantships are awarded from funds granted to the Department by the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, U.S. Department of Education.

GRADUATE COURSES

EDS 510 EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION (3)

EDS 511 SPEECH-LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT AND DISORDERS FOR THE SEVERELY HANDICAPPED (SAME AS CD 511) (3)

EDS 512 SPEECH-LANGUAGE DEVELOPMENT AND DISORDERS FOR THE MILDLY HANDICAPPED (SAME AS CD 512) (3)

EDS 513 LEGAL ISSUES IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (3)

EDS 514 INSTRUCTIONAL TECHNOLOGY IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (3)

EDS 516 PRINCIPLES OF BEHAVIOR MANAGEMENT AND INSTRUCTION (3)

EDS 517 ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (3)

EDS 528 EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT FOR STUDENTS WITH MILD DISABILITIES (3)

EDS 529 EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING FOR STUDENTS WITH MILD DISABILITIES (3)

EDS 530 MODERATE AND SEVERE DISABILITIES (3)

EDS 546 TRANSDISCIPLINARY SERVICES FOR STUDENTS WITH MULTIPLE DISABILITIES (SAME AS RC 546) (3)

EDS 547 COLLABORATION AND INCLUSION IN SCHOOL AND COMMUNITY SETTINGS (SAME AS RC 547) (3)

EDS 548 CURRICULUM DESIGN FOR STUDENTS WITH MODERATE AND SEVERE DISABILITIES (3)

EDS 549 METHODS FOR STUDENTS WITH MODERATE AND SEVERE DISABILITIES (4)

EDS 558 ISSUES IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (SAME AS RC 558) (1-9)

EDS 570 EMOTIONAL AND BEHAVIORAL DISABILITIES (3)

EDS 589 FIELD EXPERIENCES: MILD DISABILITIES (3)

EDS 600 SURVEY OF SPECIAL EDUCATION (3)

EDS 601 APPLIED BEHAVIORAL ANALYSIS (3)

EDS 602 ADMINISTRATION AND PROGRAMS IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (3)

EDS 603 BEHAVIORAL CONSULTATION IN THE SCHOOLS (3)

EDS 610 ADVANCED EDUCATIONAL ASSESSMENT FOR STUDENTS WITH MILD DISABILITIES (3)

EDS 611 ADVANCED EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMMING FOR STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES (3)

EDS 612 ADVANCED PRACTICUM: SPECIAL EDUCATION (1-6)

EDS 613 LEGAL AND PARENTAL ISSUES IN SCHOOL ADMINISTRATION (3)

EDS 616 VOCATIONAL PROGRAMMING FOR HANDICAPPED YOUTH AND ADULTS (3)

EDS 620 INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMMING AND ASSESSMENT IN EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION (3)

EDS 621 ISSUES IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION OF THE HANDICAPPED (3)

EDS 622 THE FAMILY'S ROLE IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION (SAME AS FAM 622) (3)

EDS 623 ADVANCED PRACTICUM: EARLY CHILDHOOD SPECIAL EDUCATION (3-9)

EDS 630 METHODS FOR TEACHING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES (3)

EDS 631 PROGRAMMING FOR STUDENTS WITH MODERATE AND SEVERE DISABILITIES (3)

EDS 632 ADVANCED PRACTICUM: MODERATE AND SEVERE DISABILITIES (1-12)

EDS 633 SINGLE SUBJECT RESEARCH DESIGN (3)

EDS 640 ASSISTIVE TEACHING (3)

EDS 641 ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY ASSESSMENT (3)

EDS 643 TELECOMMUNICATION IN SPECIAL EDUCATION AND REHABILITATION (3)

EDS 645 HYPERMEDIA DEVELOPMENT FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION (3)

EDS 647 SEMINAR IN SPECIAL EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY (VARIABLE TOPIC) (1-3)

EDS 648 COORDINATING SPECIAL EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY PROGRAMS (3)

EDS 649 ADVANCED PRACTICUM: SPECIAL EDUCATION TECHNOLOGY (1-9)

EDS 701 SEMINAR FOR SPECIAL EDUCATION LEADERSHIP PERSONNEL (1)

EDS 710 SEMINAR IN MILD DISABILITIES (3)

EDS 711 SEMINAR IN MODERATE AND SEVERE DISABILITIES (3)

EDS 712 SEMINAR IN SPECIAL EDUCATION PROFESSIONAL SERVICES (3)

EDS 720 SEMINAR IN SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER PREPARATION (3)

EDS 721 PRACTICUM IN SPECIAL EDUCATION PERSONNEL PREPARATION (1-9)

EDS 730 SEMINAR IN SPECIAL EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION (3)

EDS 731 ADVANCED PRACTICUM: SPECIAL EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION (1-9)

EDS 748 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH (0)

EDS 749 DISSERTATION RESEARCH (0)

EDS 768 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE MASTER'S DEGREE (1-6)

EDS 769 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE DOCTORAL DEGREE (0-12)

EDS 779 SEMINAR IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (VARIABLE TOPIC) (1-3)

EDS 789 INDEPENDENT STUDY IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (1-6)

EDS 799 RESEARCH TECHNIQUES IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (1)

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