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Education Specialist in Teaching and Leading – Learning & Behavior Disorders Online

This online Ed.S. program prepares you for advanced roles in the field of special education working to address the needs of academically and behaviorally challenged students.

01/04/21 Next Application Due Date
01/11/21 Start Classes

Program Overview

$12,480 Total Tuition starts at
As few as 18 months Program Duration
30-51 Credit Hours

Influence a positive future for children with disabilities and exceptionalities with the Education Specialist in Teaching and Leading – Learning & Behavior Disorders (LBD) online from NKU. This 100% online program is the only nationally recognized program of its kind in Kentucky and enables you to earn Rank 1 teaching certification.

Become a mentor for new LBD teachers and develop research and leadership skills to evaluate teaching practices and curriculum as well as position yourself for leadership opportunities in your school or district. In this program, you also will learn skills to become a better educator for students with diverse learning needs in the general education classroom. The curriculum includes clinical experiences and an embedded capstone project.

In this online program, you will:

  • Study procedures and methods for remedial learning and behavior disorders, intellectual and orthopedic disabilities, and educational assessment techniques
  • Conduct and report the results of a research project reflecting synthesis and application of knowledge acquired in prior coursework to address a specific educational issue
  • Gain a working understanding of legislation and instructional practices relating to the education of students with exceptionalities
  • Learn from the same experienced faculty who teach on campus
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Tuition

The Ed.S. – Teaching and Leading – LBD online program offers the same affordable, pay-by-the-course tuition to in-state and out-of-state students.

Tuition breakdown:

$400 Per Credit Hour
$12,480 Total Tuition starts at

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Program Per Credit Hour Required Fees Total With Fees
Education Specialist in Teaching and Leading – Learning & Behavior Disorders $400 $480 $12,480*

*This does not include any additional hours needed for certification.

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Calendar

The Ed.S. – Teaching and Leading – LBD online program is convenient and flexible, featuring six start dates on an accelerated course schedule. View the calendar to find the best start date for you and be sure to note all corresponding deadlines.

Now Enrolling:

01/04/21 Apply By
01/11/21 Start Classes

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First Starts Program Start Date Application Deadline Document Deadline Registration Deadline Tuition Deadline Last Class Day
Fall 2 10/14/20 10/01/20 10/06/20 10/09/20 10/14/20 12/04/20
Spring 1 01/11/21 01/04/21 01/06/21 01/08/21 01/11/21 02/26/21
Spring 2 03/15/21 03/03/21 03/08/21 03/11/21 03/15/21 04/30/21

Ready to take the next step toward earning your degree online from Northern Kentucky University?

Admissions

The admission process for the Ed.S. – Teaching and Leading – LBD online program is streamlined to help you get started right away. Before you apply, please review the Program Map to determine eligibility of this program in your state. The admission requirements include:

Official transcripts of all coursework from regionally accredited institutions
Teaching certificate or out-of-state equivalent
3.0 GPA or higher in all master's-level coursework

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Ed.S. – Teaching and Leading – LBD Online Admission Requirements

  • Complete online application for admission
  • Pay $40 non-refundable application fee
    • If you are an NKU alumni or active/veteran military member, your application fee will be waived
  • Official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework from regionally accredited institutions. One transcript must show successful completion of a master's degree in education or in the content area of the applicant's teaching certificate.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in master's-level coursework
  • Teaching Certificate: Submit a copy of current teaching certificate showing certification at the Rank 2 level or out-of-state equivalent. New teachers in Kentucky may submit a Kentucky Statement of Eligibility.
  • Supplemental application

Official documents may be mailed or emailed to:

NKU Office of Graduate Education
302 Lucas Administrative Center
Highland Heights, KY 41099

[email protected]

Have a question? Call us at 800-985-7215.

Courses

For the Ed.S. – Teaching and Leading – LBD online program, students who already hold certification must complete a minimum of 30 credit hours. For students seeking certification, an additional 19-21 credit hours are required, for a total of 49-51 credit hours.

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Students must take the following courses. Note: EDG 702 and EDG 703 must each be taken twice.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Legislation and instructional practices relating to the education of students with exceptionalities. Course covers various methods of co-teaching as well as locating, adapting, and developing materials and methods for including students with disabilities in general elementary, middle, and secondary classrooms.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

This course examines the role of the cooperating teacher in developing and mentoring prospective teachers and interns and standards-based observation and feedback. This course includes a job-embedded requirement of supervising a student in field or clinical experience.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Introduction to education research enabling candidates to become effective consumers and users of research in education. It will improve candidates’ ability to apply research findings appropriately in school settings and will lay a foundation for an original action research project.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1.5

In this course students will conduct a comprehensive literature review on a topic that relates to a specific educational issue that impacts P-12 student learning and create a research-based design of an action research project that can be conducted and reported as their capstone project. Course will be taken twice.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 1.5

In this course students will conduct and report the results of an research project reflecting synthesis and application of knowledge acquired in prior coursework to address a specific educational issue leading to enhanced P-12 student learning, including data analysis, written summary of research findings, and poster presentation. Course will be taken twice.

Students pursuing LBD certification must take the following courses. Students who are already LBD-certified must choose five of the following courses. For EDG 630 and EDG 666, consult your advisor if you have taken similar courses previously.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Instructional methods and techniques for designing and implementing effective teaching to meet the needs of students with mild disabilities.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Characteristics of adolescents with learning and behavior disorders; educational programming for secondary students with mild disabilities.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Nature and needs of students with exceptionalities; overview of legal requirements and educational approaches.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Current views of literacy; theories of literacy; approaches, methods, and materials of reading assessment, planning, and instruction. Required for standard elementary certification.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Definitions, etiological factors, assessment, and remedial approaches for learning and behavior disorders.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Characteristics and educational programs for students who have intellectual disabilities or orthopedic and/or health impairments.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Principles, instruments, and procedures to place and plan instruction for students with learning or behavior disorders.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Principles of behavior analysis applied to curriculum, methodology, and management of students with disabilities; behavioral teaching methods contrasted with alternative management techniques.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Information, skills, and resources for effective interaction with parents and families of children with disabilities.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3

Learning hierarchies in mathematics, cognitive processes, assessment and instructional techniques; concepts of the elementary school mathematics curriculum.

Duration: 7 weeks   |   Credit Hours: 3-6

Classroom field experience in added area of certification; individual project.

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