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2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Teaching and Leading, Ed.S.

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Roland Coloma, Department Chair

Steve Crites, Ph.D., Graduate Program Director


The Education Specialist degree in Teaching & Leading is for teachers who wish to enhance their teaching, leadership and mentoring skills. This program would engage students in learning and practicing principles and skills of collaboration, mentorship, and research-based practice, leading to improved skills for graduates, the teacher candidates under their influence, and the P-12 students in their classrooms. Program completers would be eligible for rank change (Rank 1) in Kentucky.

The program requires 30 credit hours of graduate level coursework earned beyond the Master’s degree and initial teacher certification. Kentucky Teacher Standards, Advanced Level, are met through an action research project and other program experiences.

Contact Information

Teacher Education Graduate Office - MEP 263C or 859-572-1567

Admission Requirements and Process

All admission requirements should be submitted to the Office of Graduate Education in Lucas Administrative Center, AC 302, before the application deadline (available on the Office of Graduate Education web page). Applicants whose admission requirements are not complete by the application deadline will be considered for admission if space is available.

To be eligible for admission, applicants must submit:

  1. Official transcripts sent from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended. One transcript must show successful completion of master’s degree in education or in the content area of the applicant’s teaching certificate.
  2. A copy of the applicant’s Kentucky teaching certificate showing certification at the Rank II level, or out-of-state equivalent.
  3. A statement of professional goals that explains the applicant’s goals for professional growth and demonstrates high-quality written expression.
  4. Submit three recommendation forms with attached letters of recommendation.  Applicants should seek recommendations from colleagues familiar with the applicants’ qualifications for graduate study (e.g. professor, supervisor, etc).  Letters may be typed directly into the recommendation form.  If separate letters of recommendation are attached, they must be written on official letterhead and have the signature of the individual providing the recommendation.

International students or students whose native language is not English should contact International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) to inquire about policies regarding official transcript evaluations and English proficiency. Transcript evaluations and TOEFL/IELTS scores are required for admission to this program. ISSS may be reached by telephone at 859-572-6571 or by e-mail at

Application Review and Deadlines

Only complete application files will be reviewed. Admission will be offered to the number of applicants sufficient to meet enrollment limits. Applicants whose application files are not complete before the priority deadline may only be considered for admission if enrollment limits have not yet been met. The following is the review schedule:

Completed application files received by the priority deadline of: Will be reviewed in the month of: For admission in this term (or later): Decision letter will be e-mailed on or near:
July 1 July Fall July 15
November 1 November Spring November 15
April 1 April Summer April 15

Admission decisions are not made based on a single admission criterion. Applicants’ files are evaluated holistically when estimating an applicant’s qualifications. Therefore, submitting the required admissions documents or attaining the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program.

♦ Indicates prerequisite.

Curriculum Requirements

Core Courses (15 credit hours)

Elective Course (0-3 credit hours)

Candidates in concentration areas requiring only 12 credits will select a course based on his/her statement of professional goals with approval of the advisor and the graduate program director to strengthen instructional design and teaching competence.

Concentration (12-15 credit hours)

Candidates will select one of the following concentrations:

Content Option

Candidate takes 12 credit hours of content courses in area(s) of his/her teaching certification. Courses meeting the content component must be approved by the student’s advisor and the Teacher Education Graduate Office prior to student enrolling in the courses.

Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (Birth-K)

For IECE Certification: Completion of all courses (21 credit hours) and Praxis exam(s) as required by KYEPSB.

This is an option designed to assist teachers with an existing elementary or special education teaching certificate to achieve the IECE certificate.

Moderate and Severe Disabilities (P-12)

Gifted Education (P-12) (12 credit hours)

For Gifted and Talented Endorsement: Completion of all courses (12 credit hours) and Praxis exam(s) as required by KYEPSB.

Prerequisite to starting the endorsement: One year of full time teaching experience.

Students must take EDG 621  and EDG 623  before they will be permitted to enroll in EDG 625  and EDG 627 .

Reading Endorsement (P-12)

For Reading Endorsement: Completion of all courses (16 credit hours), Praxis exam(s) as required by KYEPSB.

Environmental Education Endorsement (P-12) (12 credit hours)

For Environmental Education Endorsement: Completion of 12 credit hours in accordance with the environmental education endorsements to meet the NAAEE Guidelines for the Initial Preparation of Environmental Educators Standards.

Students must gain their advisors’ approval prior to enrolling in courses.

Completion of all courses (12 credit hours) and Praxis exam(s) as required by KYEPSB.

Instructional Computer Technology (P-12) (15 credit hours)

For ICT Endorsement: Completion of all courses (15 credit hours) and Praxis exam(s) as required by KYEPSB.

Prerequisite Course (3 credit hours)


*EDG 603  may be taken when the topic fits the specified strand with advisor approval.

**EDG 691  & EDG 692  will take the place of EDG 646  for students enrolled in the master’s degree program.

Special Education not leading to endorsement

Completion of all courses (12 credit hours)

Total Special Education not leading to certification Hours: 12

Autism/Applied Behavior Analysis

Completion of all courses (18 credit hours)

Individually Constructed Planned Program

15 credits selected in consultation with advisor

Total Ed.S. Program Hours: 30

Exit Criteria

  1. Signed curriculum contracts for the Education Specialist in Teaching & Learning degree program.
  2. Signed Codes of Ethics for Kentucky School Personnel and College of Education and Human Services.
  3. Successful completion of the Education Specialist in Teaching & Learning degree courses, with a minimum GPA of 3.0, for a total of 30 hours.
  4. Successful completion of Action Research Project.

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