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What will I learn?

As a special education teacher, you can experience the reward of helping students to acquire new skills and make a lasting difference in the life of a child.

There is a national and state shortage for special education teachers. More than six million children in the United States qualify for Special Education services. These students require specialized, evidence-based instruction.

The UK Special Education program will prepare you to teach students with mild, moderate, and severe disabilities in pre-school through 12th grade, or ages 5 to 21. This program prepares teachers to meet the needs of many classrooms in which these students are taught together. This may include students with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorder, emotional/behavioral disabilities, moderate to sever intellectual disability, severe autism, or significant physical and sensory disabilities that impair functioning.

Students who graduate from this program will be eligible for dual certification in both Learning and Behavior Disorders and Moderate and Severe Disabilities.

What makes our program stand out:

You will be taught by research leaders in the field who were all classroom teachers.

You will be out in schools and in classrooms working with teachers and students from day one.

We have strong relationships with local schools that provide unique teaching and externship experiences.

Gain the advantage of joining the EdLife Living Learning residential program.


Grow Your Future

Learning and Behavior Disorders Resource Teacher

Learning and Behavior Disorders Co-teacher

Moderate and Severe Disabilities Special Education Teacher

Which department am I in?

College of Education

Study options

Full Time (120 hours)

Tuition fees
US$31,600.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

15 October 2022

Start date

22 August 2022, 9 January 2023


College of Education

103 Dickey Hall,



40506, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have a 3.0 or higher unweighted high school GPA.

For international students

Freshman Admission: Applicants who have not attended a college or university upon completion of secondary school AND who have met all requirements, including English proficiency, as noted below. Conditional Admission: Applicants who meet UK’s academic requirements for admission but do not meet the minimum language proficiency requirement or the departmental specific requirements (such as certain SAT/ACT math scores for Engineering and Nursing). Students who are offered conditional admission because of English may either resubmit a higher TOEFL/IELTS score or enroll in UK's Center for English as a Second Language program. English proficiency Scores: TOEFL: 71 iBT; IELTS: 6.0; Duolingo: 95.

Application Deadlines: December 1 for Fall semester (August start); October 15 for Spring semester (January start).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of Kentucky

University of Kentucky is ranked among the top 100 public research universities and is one of the top producers of Fulbright scholars in the U.S.

  • Top 15 U.S. ‘Diversity Champion colleges and universities’
  • World-class teaching and research faculty
  • Offers 500 clubs and excellent sports/recreation facilities
  • Services & support teams catering to student needs

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