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Why Choose the UK College of Education?

The graduate faculty members at the UK College of Education are a carefully selected group of world class educators and researchers who compete at the top of their fields in research and publication. They work diligently with our graduate students to ensure that our students graduate ready to embark on or continue successful careers.

Many of our graduate students gain impressive publication and presentation records during their studies. If your goal is to graduate with a professional portfolio, our faculty advisors will help connect you with resources to do so.

If you intend to gain field experience in your chosen career, the College of Education is the right place for you. We maintain strong partnerships in the community that allow our graduate students to gain valuable experience and to forge industry connections that are crucial in achieving post-graduate success.

Our partnerships with schools and communities provide an environment where students see their work occurring not just within the walls of academic buildings, but also in local, state, and global communities. Our faculty members provide students with opportunities to make a difference and conduct innovative and meaningful research.

Here you will find an environment that values you as an individual. Your professors will challenge you academically and professionally to work at your highest level. The connections you make in your graduate program at UK will position you for success in your chosen field.

We invite you to explore our website and learn about the exceptional work occurring in the College of Education.

All Degrees

Master's Degrees

Master of Arts (M.A.)

Master of Arts in Secondary Education with Initial Certification (MIC) – includes initial teaching certification options in:

Master of Arts in Teaching Secondary STEM Education – Hybrid Online – includes initial teacher certification options in:

  • Math
  • Science

Literacy Education – Hybrid Online

Teacher Preparation Program in Visual Impairments – Hybrid Online

Orientation & Mobility – Hybrid Online

Counselor Education – Fully Online

Master of Science (M.S.)

Learning Design and Technology – Fully Online

Special Education with specialization options in:

Applied Behavior Analysis

Higher Education

Educational Research Methods and Policy StudiesFully Online and Face-to-Face

Counseling Psychology

Educational Psychology

Kinesiology and Health Promotion with specialization options in:

STEM Education with options in:

  • Research in STEM Education
  • Rank II Certification

Master of Education (M.Ed.)


Education Specialist



Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education Sciences with options in:

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Instruction and Administration with specialization options in:

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Rehabilitation Counseling, Education, Research and Policy with option in:

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Special Education with emphasis in:

  • Special Education
  • Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Special Education

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership Fully Online

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Studies in Higher Education

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Educational & Counseling Psychology - Counseling Psychology

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Educational & Counseling Psychology - Educational Psychology

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Educational, School, & Counseling Psychology - School Psychology

Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Kinesiology and Health Promotion with specialization options in:

  • Health Promotion
  • Physical Education

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Exercise Science with specialization options in:

  • Biomechanics
  • Exercise Physiology


Graduate Certificates

Graduate Certificate in Applied Behavior Analysis  Fully Online, Face-to-Face, and Hybrid Online

Graduate Certificate in DeafBlindFully Online

Graduate Certificate in Distance Education – Fully Online

Graduate Certificate in Teaching in Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Classrooms

Graduate Certificate in Assistive and Rehabilitation Technology – Fully Online

Graduate Certificate in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Graduate Certificate in Teacher Preparation in Visual Impairments:

  • Initial Certification
  • Alternate Certification (Option 6)
  • Advanced Certification (leading to a rank change)

Graduate Certificate in Instructional Coaching – Fully Online

Graduate Certificate in Leadership for Deeper Learning – Fully Online

Graduate Certificate in Executive Education Leadership – Fully Online

Graduate Certificate in International Education

Graduate Certificate in Research Methods in Education – Fully Online

Graduate Certificate in Health Coaching

Graduate Certificate in High Performance Coaching

Graduate Certificate in Sport, Fitness, and Recreation – Fully Online

Graduate Certificate in College, Career, and Civic Life

Graduate Certificate in Senior Diversity Officer LeadershipFully Online



Educational Leadership-Adm. Opt. School Principal– Fully Online

Superintendent Certification Program – Fully Online

Alternative Certificate in Moderate & Severe Disabilities – Hybrid Online

Graduate Certification Only in Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education (initial certification) – Hybrid Online


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Let us help you through the process!

  • To be admitted into a graduate program, you need to apply to the Graduate School.
  • Before applying to the Graduate School, applicants seeking admission to a graduate program in the College of Education should visit the individual program page or consult the Director of Graduate Studies in the program to which you are applying. Each program’s page will give you details on additional requirements, directions, and deadlines.
  • After reviewing the details and requirements of the individual program, start the Graduate School Application. Visit the Graduate School Application Process page for full instructions on how to apply.

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