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Get a Degree to Become a Special Education Teacher in Kentucky

If you are:

  • a teacher in a regular class who wants to move to a special education classroom Probationary Certificate,
  • a social services employee, a mental health worker, or in a related service and would like to teach in a special education classroom, or
  • a person with a Bachelors degree in another field who would like to become a special education teacher.

The sequence of events for a person interested in becoming a special education teacher in Kentucky follows:

Then, here are steps you can take to prepare for your special students.
1. You have interest in teaching special education.

2. Send a letter of interest to a college or university inquiring about their special education program. Be sure to find out if you meet the qualifications for enrollment.

3. Apply for enrollment in a college program.
4. Receive a job offer from a school district and get a temporary provisional certificate from EPSB. (See 16 KAR 7:010 for a description of certificates.)
5. Begin teaching in a special ed classroom.

8. Obtain admission to a college.
6. Finish your education and receive an education degree.

Click here to find a list all of all the Kentucky universities and colleges that have special education degree programs, as well as information about financial aid.

A table of Kentucky universities and colleges with special education programs is also listed below.

Independent Kentucky Colleges and Universities

College Departments of Education
Asbury Education Department

Department of Education, Graduate Education Program
Reasoner Building 1 Macklem Dr.
Wilmore, Ky 40390-1198
Phone: (606) 858-3511
School Website

Degree and Certification Programs:
1. Learning and Behavioral Disabilities: Mild Population- Master’s
Bellarmine Graduate Education Programs

Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education
Miles Hall Room 104
2001 Newburg Rd.
Louisville, Ky. 40205-0671
Phone: (502) 452-0671
School Website

Degree and Certification Programs:1. Learning Behavior Disorders (PS-12) – Bachelor’s, Master’s, Post-Doctoral
Brescia University Special Education

Division of Educational, Social, and Behavioral Studies
Special Education
717 Frederica St.
Owensboro, Ky 42301-3023
Phone: (270) 686-4267
School Website

Degree and Certification Programs:
1. Special Education: Learning and Behavior Disorders- Bachelor’s
2. Special Education: Moderate and Severe Disabilities
University of the Cumberlands Department of Education - Graduate

Department of Education
College Station Box 6191
Williamsburg, Ky 40769
Phone: (606) 549-2200
School Website

Degree and Certification Programs:
Campbellsville University School of Education

Dr. Brenda A. Priddy, Dean
School of Education
1 University Drive
Campbellsville, Ky 42718
Phone: 800-264-6014 or 270-789-5000
School Website
Centre College Centre College Education Program

Bradley Nystrom, Program Chair
600 West Walnut St.
Danville, Ky 40422
Phone: (859) 238-5307
School Website
Georgetown Teacher Education Program

Georgetown Teacher Education Program
400 East College St.
Georgetown, Ky 40324
Phone: (502) 863-8174
School Website
Kentucky Wesleyan College Teacher Education Department

Kentucky Wesleyan College Teacher Education Program
3000 Frederica St.
Owensboro, Ky 42301
Phone: 800-999-0592 or (270) 926-3111
School Website
Spalding University School of Education

School of Education
851 S. Fourth St.
Louisville, Ky 40203-2115
Phone: (502) 585-7121
School Website

Degree and Certification Programs:
1. Learning Behavior Disorders - Bachelor's, Master's, Post-Doctoral
Thomas More College Programs of Study: Education

Thomas More College Education Program
Academic Dean’s Office
333 Thomas More Parkway
Crestview Hills, Ky
Phone: (859) 344-3375
School Website
Union College Special Education

Department of Education
310 College St.
Barbourville, Ky 40906-1499
Phone: (606) 546-4151
School Website

Universities

University Departments of Education
Eastern Kentucky University Special Education Department

College of Education
245 Wallace Building
Richmond, KY 40475
Phone: (859) 622-4442
School Website

Degree and Certification Programs:
M.A.Ed.;Ph.D.-joint University of Kentucky
Western Kentucky University Professional Certificate for Instructional Leadership
Director of Special Education

College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

School of Teacher Education
Tate Page Hall 113
1 Big Red Way
Bowling Green, Ky 42101-3576
Phone: (270) 745-4303
School Website

Degree and Certification Programs:
1. Moderate/Severe Disabilities - Bachelor's
2. Moderate/Severe Disabilities (Lisensure but no degree) - Master's
3. Moderate/Severe Disabilities (Advanced Degree/No new Licensure) - Master's
4. Learning and Behavior Disorders - Bachelor's
5. Learning and Behavior Disorders (Licensure but no degree) - Master's
6. Learning and Behavior Disorders (Advanced Degree/No new Licensure) - Master's
7. Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) - Bachelor's
8. Moderate/Severe Disabilities - Bachelor's
9. Moderate/Severe Disabilities (Licensure but no degree) - Master's
10. Moderate/Severe Disabilities (Advanced Degree/No new Licensure) - Master's
11. Learning and Behavior Disorders - Bachelor's
12. Learning and Behavior Disorders (Licensure but no degree) - Master's
13. Learning and Behavior Disorders (Advanced Degree/No new Licensure) - Master's
14. Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) - Bachelor's
15. Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) - Master's
16. Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (IECE) - Master's
Morehead State University The Department of Elementary, Reading, and Special Education

Education College
100 Ginger Hall
150 University Blvd
Morehead, Ky 40351
Phone: (606) 783-5029
School Website

Degree and Certification Programs:
1. Learning and Behavior Disorders - Certificate, Bachelor's, Post-Doctoral
2. Moderate and Severe Disabilities - Certificate, Bachelor's, Post-Doctoral
3. Special Education - Master's
4. Gifted Education Certification - Certificate, Post-Doctoral
5. Director of Special Education Certification - Post-Doctoral
6. Rank I Program for Teachers of Exceptional Children - Post-Doctoral
Northern Kentucky University Special Education

School of Education
Business-Education-Psychology Bldg
Nunn Dr
Highland Heights, Ky 41099
Phone: (859) 572-5167
School Website

Degree and Certification Programs:
1. Learning and Behavior Disorders - Bachelor's, Master's
2. Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education - Bachelor's, Master's
University of Louisville The Department of Teaching and Learning in the College of Education and Human Development

College of Education and Human Development
Room 158
1000 Cardinal Blvd
Louisville, Ky 40292-0001
Phone: (502) 852-6421
School Website

Degree and Certification Programs:
1. Teaching Students with Learning and Behavior Disorders - Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral
2. Teaching Students with Assistive Technology Needs - Paraprofessional Certification, Masters, Doctoral
3. Teaching Students with Autism - Master's, Doctoral
4. Administration and Supervision in Special Education - Master's
5. Teaching Students with Speech and Language Disorders - Master's
6. Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education - Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral
7. Teaching Students with Visual Impairment - Master's, Doctoral
8. Teaching Students with Orientation and Mobility Needs - Paraprofessional Certification, Master's
9. Preparing Teachers for Inclusive Education through Assistive Technology
Kentucky State University Division of Education & Human Services

Division of Education and Human Services
Hathaway Hall 215
400 East Main St.
Frankfort, Ky 40601
Phone: (502) 597-5917
School Website
University of Kentucky Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling

College of Education
229 Taylor Education Building
Lexington, Ky 40506-0001
Phone: (859) 257-4713
School Website

Degree and Certification Programs:
1. Learning and Behavior Disabilities - Bachelor's, Master's
2. Moderate/Severe Disabilities - Bachelor's, Master's
3. Interdisciplinary Early Childhood - Bachelor's
4. Training Rural Educators in Kentucky - Collaborative Relationships (TREK-CR)
5. Post-Doctoral Fellowship Program on Integration of Instruction about Technology into Special Education Personnel Preparation Programs
Murray State University Adolescent, Career, and Special Education

College of Education, Adolescent, Career, and Special Education
Alexander Hall PO Box 9
Murray, Ky 42071-0009
Phone: (270) 762-6847
School Website

Degree and Certification Programs:
1. Mild Disabilities - Master's
2. Learning Behavior Disorders - Bachelor's
3. Advanced Studies in Learning/Behavioral Disorders - Master's
4. Alternative Route to Certification in Special Education - Master's



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