Welcome to the Special Education (EDS) Program at the University of Kentucky. EDS prepares students to work with individuals with learning disabilities, behavior disorders, and moderate and severe disabilities in P-12 classrooms. Graduates of our program are employed in public and private schools, intervention programs, state government, and various other settings. Our program prepares its graduates to be reflective thinkers, consumers and producers of research, to implement best-practices and to demonstrate leadership in their profession.
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.
Specialist Degree (Ed.S.) programs are individually planned for an in-depth study in an area of special education. In addition to coursework, the program requires a research project with a written product for completion. On occasion, students seeking a doctorate degree elect to first earn a specialist degree in order to gain research experiences prior to conducting a dissertation. Other individuals use the specialist degree program to meet Rank I teacher certification requirements.
College of Education
128 Taylor Education Building
Lexington, KY 40506