Inclusive Education Graduate Certificate

The Inclusive Education Graduate Certificate responds to the critical and growing need for general education teachers to have adequate support in serving the students with disabilities in their classrooms. This 5-course program prepares general educators, educational leaders, and other school personnel to team with specialists to design and deliver effective accommodations, modifications, and interventions within general education settings.

Inclusive Education Students with Drs. Jung and Spriggs at the Tri-Association Conference in Colombia, Fall 2015

Course Descriptions

 

EDS 600 Survey of Special Education
EDS 600 Survey of Special Education

This course provides the foundation of characteristics and diagnostic criteria for a variety of disabilities, such as learning disability, autism, communication disorders, physical disabilities, and developmental delay. A basic foundation of strategies and resources for intervention will be discussed.

EDS 516 Principles of Behavior Management and Instruction
EDS 516 Principles of Behavior Management and Instruction

This course provides participants with skills in designing research-based behavioral and academic intervention plans (both for ILP/IEPs and for students in RtI) for implementation in the general education classroom. Participants will discuss implementation of the RtI process at school and classroom levels. Participants will learn to write high-quality, measurable goals, based on data, and measure progress on those goals within the classroom setting.

EDS 522 Children and Families
EDS 522 Children and Families

This course provides skills in collaborating and coming to consensus with diverse families. Participants will learn to develop high-quality ILP/IEPs with families that match each student’s individual needs.

EDS/IEC 546 Transdisciplinary Services
EDS/IEC 546 Transdisciplinary Services

Provides participants with the skills needed to work as a team across multiple disciplines to design accommodations, modifications, and intervention strategies for English learners and students with disabilities.

EDS 547 Collaboration in School and Community
EDS 547 Collaboration in School and Community

Draws on the research to prepare schools to not only accept students with disabilities, but also to promote the educational outcomes for this population and the population of English learners within truly inclusive settings.

 

About the Professors

Instructors for the course include professors at the University of Kentucky. Instructors have doctoral degrees in special education and are well-respected researchers, prolific authors of peer-reviewed journal articles and books, and presenters with many years of experience in international education. Several courses will also include an international educator as a co-instructor. Click here to read more about the program faculty for the Inclusive Education Certificate.

Amy Spriggs, PhD

Amy Spriggs, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Amy Spriggs is an assistant professor in the Department of Early Childhood, Special Education and Rehabilitation Counseling. Dr. Spriggs received her Bachelor of Science, Master of Education and Doctorate Degrees in Special Education at the University of Georgia. Dr. Spriggs taught in public schools while pursuing her degrees and has over ten years of experience working with students with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and students with moderate/severe disabilities. Dr. Spriggs secured grant monies to be used in her classrooms. Dr. Spriggs focused her research on student needs to include practical systematic instruction implementation in the classroom, strategies to increase independence, access to recreation and leisure activities, and video modeling. Dr. Spriggs has authored book chapters and publications pertaining to these topics, and has presented her research at state and national conferences.

Dr. Spriggs’ research interests include practical systematic instructional strategies for individuals with ASD and moderate/severe disabilities, increased independence, evidence-based practices, and technology.

Jennifer Grisham-Brown, EdD

Jennifer Grisham-Brown, EdD

Professor

Jennifer Grisham-Brown is a professor and program chair in the Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education program and faculty director of the Early Childhood Laboratory school. She is co-author of two books on blended education in early childhood education (Blended Practices in Early Childhood Education and Blended Assessment Practices in Early Childhood Education – in press). Her research interests include authentic assessment, tiered instruction, and inclusion of children with significant disabilities. Dr. Grisham-Brown is co-founder of a children’s home and preschool program in Guatemala City called Hope for Tomorrow, where she accompanies students for the education abroad program.

Tuition

Students who are credit-seeking and enrolled in the certificate will be considered Distance Learning students and will be charged at the in-state (Kentucky resident) tuition rate.

 

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