Learning and Behavior Disorders


Our Special Education (LBD) Program Faculty brings together educators from within the College of Education, faculty from the University community, the Professional Educators from the Bluegrass area, and advanced Special Education (LBD) education students.

The Special Education (LBD) Education Program offers a breadth of course choices and a wealth of field experiences. The combination of these classroom and experiential activities result in graduates who are prepared for many of the Special Education (LBD) challenges!

Program students and faculty interact by frequent classroom contact, advising sessions, and the LISTSERV for Special Education (LBD) Majors and by their course LISTSERVs.

The Special Education (LBD) Program faculty continuously monitor how our program is relevant to the professional challenges so we can adjust our teaching and learning experiences to provide a dynamic preparation for our pre-professional students.

How to Apply

Interested prospective undergraduate students are encouraged to apply to UK and indicate their interest in the Special Education Learning Behavior Disorders program. You will note that you apply to UK and to the Teacher Education Program.

Applications are considered once a year (shortly after the 1 February deadline) for the graduate program in Special Education (LBD).


The Special Education (LBD) Program is approved by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board and the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).


Graduation for our students is extremely important for our program faculty. We take pride in our preparation for PRAXIS II testing, a standardized test that is recognized by the Education Standards and Practices Board (ESPB) for teacher certification. Typically our students do very well on this measure of readiness to teach Special Education (LBD).

The Academic Services and Teacher Certification Office announces test dates and information on graduation deadlines.

The web page that shows the certification requirements across the country is frequently visited by people who are graduating.

Program Alumni

Our alumni teach in schools across the commonwealth and many of the 50 states.

Special Education (LBD) Educators are in great demand across the country; employment opportunities abound!


Dr. Sara Flanagan


Dr. Sara Flanagan,
Assistant Professor
Learning Behavior Disorder Program
Faculty Coordinator