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Beth Rous

Rous, Beth
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Beth Rous is a professor and chair of the doctoral program in the Department of Educational Leadership Studies at the University of Kentucky. Prior to her faculty appointment, Rous was a special education teacher at the preschool, elementary, and middle school levels.

Rous joined UK as a researcher and policy associate at the Human Development Institute, where she served as principal investigator on numerous federal and state grants and contracts focused on creating early childhood systems and programs. Areas of focus have included transitions, assessment and accountability for young children with disabilities, professional development and coaching, and quality rating programs. As a multi- and mixed methods researcher, Rous brings expertise in linking research, policy, and practice to support the design and large-scale implementation of programs for vulnerable populations of young children and their families.

Pedagogically, Rous has used her training in adult learning theory to help launch UK’s first on-line doctoral program in Educational Leadership. Her courses are designed to support both knowledge acquisition and practice. She emphasizes individual and group reflection based on real-world application.  


Ed.D. in Instruction and Administration, University of Kentucky, 2001
M.Ed. in Special Education, Interdisciplinary Early Childhood Education, University of Kentucky, 1992
B.A. in Learning Disabilities, Moderate Disabilities, and Elementary Education, Morehead State University, 1983