Special Education

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Teacher working with Student


Learning and Behavioral Disorders (LBD):


Learning and Behavioral Disorders (LBD) programs provides candidates with the resources needed to advance student achievement of students with learning and behavioral disorders. Utilizing standardized curricula based on teacher preparation standards from the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), Characteristics of Highly Effective Teaching and Learning (CHETL), and the Kentucky Teacher Standards (KTS), the program prepares candidates for local, state, and national service as a teacher leader. 

Through a co-delivery model with local P-12 school community partners, candidates are prepared to design, deliver and assess curriculum and instructional practices reflective of national research and individualized candidate clinical placements. Research opportunities, through case studies, development of action research proposals, and clinical placements, allow candidates to contribute to the knowledge base of best practices for educators of students with learning and behavioral disorders.

Candidates in the program are also empowered, through the use of informal and formal assessment procedures, to develop the skills needed to in diagnosing and prescribing educational strategies for children with learning and behavioral students.  The development of assessment competencies for learning and behavioral students gives candidates with the experience needed to develop instructional strategies such as those related to Response to Intervention (RTI) programs and other individualized learning programs. Candidates are also taught how the use self-reflection by special educators and their students can advance the cause of increased student achievement for all learners. 


Career Pathways:

Upon completion of the program, candidates have obtained a unique skill set that prepares them for leadership opportunities within their classrooms, school, or districts. Candidates can apply to the Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) for a Learning and Behavior Disorders Endorsement.

  Examples of possible career pathways include but are not limited to:
  • Implementing professional learning communities (PLC) within their school districts
  • Developing and leading Response to Intervention (RTI) teams within their schools
  • Introducing new models for curriculum and instruction for learning and behavior disorder students for their schools
  • Serving on Site Based Decision Making Councils
  • Serving on assessment advisory boards to provide current research on student assessment i.e. assessment of learning vs. assessment of learning, formative and summative assessment procedures, and student self-assessment as applicable to learning and behavior disorder students
  • Assisting in the development of professional development opportunities for their schools based on their knowledge of current research including student achievement, community building, and resource allocation
  • Employment as curriculum coaches,assessment coordinators, director of federal programs, coordinator for extended school services, and professional development liaisons