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Undergraduate Degrees in Special Education

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Communication Disorders Program

The Bachelor of Science in Communication Disorders  is a “pre-professional” program for students interested in pursuing a career in speech language pathology or audiology. Upon entering EKU you may declare communication disorders as a major; however, you will be classified as a "Pre-CD" major until you apply and are accepted into the undergrad program.  Having a "Pre-CD" status does not guarantee admission in the CD undergraduate program. Students may apply for admission into the undergraduate program after completing at least 27 hours of college coursework.  Admission is competitive and based on GPA (3.0 or higher), ACT score (21 or higher).

Completion of the undergraduate program does not provide eligibility for state licensure or national certification.  A bachelor’s degree in Communication Disorders or Speech-Language Pathology is a required in order to apply to graduate level study in communication disorders/speech language pathology at EKU.  Successful completion of the undergraduate CD program does not guarantee admission to the graduate CD program.  

Undergrad CD Program Advising Guide

Undergraduate CD Program Application Form

Education of the Deaf & Hard of  Hearing Child

The Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing with Elementary Education program prepares you to be a teacher of the deaf working with students with a range of hearing losses at the elementary, middle, and high school level.  In addition, it provides additional certification in Elementary Education. The Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing with Middle Grades program prepares you to be a teacher of the deaf working with students at the elementary, middle, and high school level. In addition, it provides additional certification in Middle Grades with a content emphasis (English, Mathematics, Sciences or Social Studies).

Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education

Teaching Certification

The Bachelor of Science in Special Education IECE program prepares professionals to work in public school (preschool and kindergarten), Head Start, andprivate settings.The IECE teaching certification also prepares professionals to work as developmental interventionists forchildren age birth to 3 and their families.

Non-teaching

The Bachelor of Science in Special Education with an emphasis in IECE, non- teaching, prepares professionals to work with young children ages birth to 5 with and without disabilities and their families in settings such as home, school, childcare, hospitals, and rehabilitation facilities.

Learning and Behavior Disorders

P-12 with Elementary Education (P-5)

The LBD/Elementary Education program prepares individual to be:  1) a special education teacher working with students with mild disabilities at the elementary, middle, and high school level, and 2) a general education teacher working with students without disabilities at the elementary level. 

P-12 with Middle Grade Education (5-9)

The LBD/Middle Grades Education program prepares individual to be:  1) a special education teacher working with students with mild disabilities at the elementary, middle, and high school level, and 2) a general education teacher working with students without disabilities at the middle school level in either Science, Social Studies, Mathematics, or English and Communications.

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