Master of Arts in Education — Special Education, Learning and Behavior Disorders Curriculum

Teacher Leader Core (15 hours)


"I really enjoy teaching ETL 800 [the first class in the Teacher Leader Core]. This course opens students' minds and encourages them to reflect on their perception of educational leadership."
—Dr. Roger Cleveland

Advanced Study Areas (15 hours)

Total Program Requirements: 30 Hours

Course Descriptions

ETL 800 Leadership Skills for Teachers

(3 hours) A. In-depth study of the key concepts, theories, practices, and procedures of teacher leaders in educational environments. This course must be taken within the first six hours of a candidate’s program.

ETL 801 Leading Achievement Change

(3 hours) A. Pre-req / co-req: ETL 800. The study of change theory and its application in educational settings by educational leaders, teacher leaders, professional staff, support staff, students and communities to improve student achievement.14 field hours required.

ETL 803 Curriculum for Teacher Leaders

(3 hours) A. Prerequisites/Corequisites: ETL 800 and 801. Candidates will conduct curriculum alignment and development that encompasses analysis, synthesis and justification for applied curriculum. Candidates will develop formative and summative assessments. They evaluate research-based instructional strategies for all learners. (Field work 13 hours).

SED 803 Advanced Special Education Assessment

(3 hours) A. Prerequisite: provisional certification in special education or departmental permission. Evaluation of educational, perceptual, conceptual, social, and psychological characteristics of exceptional individuals. Interpretation for educational and community interventions for exceptional children. Appropriate practical experiences provided.

SED 804 Educational Management of Learning and Behavior Disordered Students

(3 hours) A. Prerequisite: certification in special education or department chair approval. Advanced management and programming for pupils with learning and behavior disorders. Selection, adaptation, development and evaluation of instructional approaches, methods and materials based on current research and best practice. Appropriate field experience required.

SED 805 Roles of Special Educators

(3 hours) A. Prerequisite: certification in special education or department chair approval. Focuses on roles of special educators in alternative settings, utilizing related services, and working with parents. Emphasis on interpersonal relationships and professional development.

SED 810 Special Education Statutes, Regulations, and Case Law

(3 hours) A. A study of the administrative responsibilities of special education leadership with emphasis on the understanding of the field of special education, related federal and state laws, administrative regulations, instructional arrangements, grant writing and budget.


This page reflects the 2015-2016 EKU Online program requirements and courses. For more information, see the EKU Graduate School catalog.

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