Learning and Behavior Disorders

College of Education
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Degree Options

  • B.S. in Special Education Learning and Behavior Disorders (P-12) with Elementary (P-5)
  • B.S. in Special Education Learning and Behavior Disorders (P-12) with Middle Grades (5-9)

Who Would Be Interested in Learning and Behavior Disorders?

Individuals who want to teach students with learning disabilities and behavior disorders and who also want to earn their general education certification as well.

Why Learning and Behavior Disorders?

Degree Benefits

  • The B.S. in Special Education Learning and Behavior Disorders programs gives students the opportunity to earn two teaching certificates --one in special education and one in general education (either elementary or middle grades with a content emphasis). Upon completion, this dual certification makes students very marketable.
  • The program provides a solid foundation in the theory and pedagogy needed to support these learners.
  • Students completing this program can take positions as general educators or as special educators.
  • This program is accredited by NCATE and by the Council for Exceptional Children.

Learn from the Best

  • Faculty who teach in the LBD/Elementary and LBD/Middle Grades program have experience working with children and youth with learning and behavior disorders in both general education settings and in resource settings as well as in community agency settings.
  • Faculty are committed to providing exceptional instruction and advising to students and consistently receive high marks for both teaching and advising.

Field Experience

  • Students in B.S. in Special Education Learning and Behavior Disorders Program complete more than 200 hours of field experience in general education classrooms and in public school programs.
  • In addition to the observations and field experience embedded in specific coursework, students also complete a practicum just prior to student teaching in public schools or in EKU's Model Laboratory School and then complete student teaching placements in the public schools.

What Are the Requirements to be admitted to the Program?

Students may declare their major in either of the Learning and Behavior Disorders programs upon entering EKU. To complete the program, they must be admitted to the Professional Education program in the College of Education. This requires:

  • 30 undergraduate hours of coursework
  • 2.75 overall GPA
  • Completion of EDF 203 with a C or higher
  • Required scores on the Praxis I (PPST)
  • MAT 107 with a grade of C or higher
  • A grade of C or higher in ENG 101, ENG 102, CMS 100, and CMS 200 or CMS 210
  • Three satisfactory recommendations from faculty
  • Hearing and speech evaluation
  • Ethics Declaration
  • Application for admission

Where Are Recent Graduates Employed?

  • Recent graduates of this program are employed as general educators, special educators, special education consultants for state departments of education, and special education administrators.
  • Some have continued their academic studies and are currently university faculty members at other institutions of higher education.
  • Outside of traditional educational settings, some graduates have gone on to become teachers in state corrections facilities.

How Do I Get More Information?

Explore the tabs on the left to review all the majors in Special Education

Contact any of the following Learning and Behavior Disorders Advisors:
Dr. Dusty Columbia Embury
Associate Professor

Dr. Jennifer Christensen
Assistant Professor

Are There Scholarship Opportunities?

Check the undergraduate catalog for scholarship opportunities within the University and the College of Education.