Graduate Education Admissions


The Dean of the School of Education and the School of Education Leadership Team are responsible, within the School of Education, for all policies related to the Graduate Education Program including admission, graduation, academic policies, and appeals.  The Academic Dean and Registrar serve as policy and curricular consultants for institutional graduate issues. The School of Education is responsible for education licensure.

MASTERS PROGRAMS requirements         POST MASTERS PROGRAMS requirements



1. Complete an application at at no charge.

2. Have official transcripts of all undergraduate work and graduate work sent directly from the credit-granting institution.  Hand-carried transcripts, even in a sealed envelope, are not official.

3. Submit one copy of current Teaching Certificate or Statement of Eligibility (only for programs with certificate as a prerequisite). 

4. Submit PRAXIS or GRE scores (as required by specific degree programs).

5. Request (3) three professional references which must be submitted directly to the Graduate Education Office using the forms provided:  (1) current or most recent employer, (2) former professor, and (3) a personal reference (not a family member).

6. Final admission to the Graduate Education Program will be made by the School of Education.

     Mail all documents to:

     Graduate Education Admissions

     Corbitt Hall

     Asbury University

     One Macklem Drive

     Wilmore, Kentucky 40390

     859-858-3511 (x 2600)




1. Completed graduate application form, including Character and Fitness form.

2. Official transcripts of all college/university coursework.

3. Bachelor’s degree or an advanced degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.

One of the following:

     a. Cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on last 30 hours of undergraduate coursework or graduate coursework, OR

     b.Candidates not meeting any of the grade point average criteria above who have a cumulative undergraduate or graduate grade point average below 2.75 may apply for admission on a probationary status.

4. Valid Teaching Certificate (only for programs with certificate as a prerequisite).

5. TOEFL for all applicants whose native language is not English:  550 minimum on the paper based test (PBT) or 80 minimum on the Internet based test (iBT). 

This results in provisional admittance for up to 9 hours of graduate work. 


To be fully admitted to the area of study, the candidate must successfully complete the following pre-professional assessments to continue in the program:

Kentucky’s passing score for full admission:

     a.  Passing score on PRAXIS I exams OR

     b.  Successful completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) administered by the Education Testing Service with the following corresponding scores on the corresponding sections:

          (i)     Verbal Reasoning taken prior to 8/1/2011 - 450; or

          (ii)    Verbal Reasoning taken after 8/1/2011 – 150;

          (i)     Quantitative Reasoning taken prior to 8/1/2011 – 490; or

          (ii)    Quantitative Reasoning taken after 8/1/2011 - 143; and

          (iii)   Analytical Writing - 4.0.

     c. If alternative certification, must pass the PRAXIS II content exam in respective discipline.


Transfer of Credits: With approval of the Dean of the School of Education and the Registrar, a student may transfer up to nine semester hours of prior work toward the master’s degree.  Only courses with a grade of B or better may be transferred.  These credits must have been completed at a regionally-accredited graduate school.  Transfer courses must be equivalent to Asbury University courses. 


Admission To Degree Status (Gate 5)    

The student must meet all five of the following requirements to be admitted into degree status.

1. Completed degree status application form. 

2. Successful completion of a minimum nine (9) semester hours at Asbury University.

3. Minimum of 3.00 grade point average on all graduate coursework completed.

4. Three professional references with disposition ratings.

5. Successful submission of Entry Professional Portfolio.

6. A passing score on the Praxis I exam (also known as the PPST) or GRE

7.  A passing score on PRAXIS II content (for alternative certification candidates)

8. Successful demonstration of critical thinking, communication, creativity, and collaboration as well as demonstration of professional dispositions expected of professional educators.




This program is a required post-Masters certification, offered as an EDS degree, and includes 36 hours above the Master’s of intensive research and field work over a two year time frame. There are no electives.

Admission Requirements and Application Process

Admission to the Graduate Education Program for the Principal Licensure Program includes the requirements and protocols outlined below. 

Prerequisites:  Master of Arts in Education; teaching certification

1. Submission of a portfolio to superintendent requesting recommendation to apply to Principal Licensure Program.  Details regarding contents of portfolio may be obtained from the Graduate Education Office.

2. Completed application and portfolio with the following supporting documents to Asbury University to be reviewed by a District/College Screening Committee:

     a. Complete an application at at no charge.  If preferred, an application with a $25 nonrefundable registration fee may be submitted by mail.

     b. Have official transcripts of all undergraduate work and graduate work sent directly from the credit-granting institution.  Hand-carried transcripts, even in a sealed    envelope, are not official.

     c. Official transcripts showing master’s degree and cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or greater (must be sent directly from the credit-granting institutions)

     d. Copy of current teaching licensure (must have at least three years experience)

     e. Candidates without any passing licensure exams, must take the GRE or Miller’s Analogy Test for admission.

     f. Character and Fitness form

     g. Selective Interview Process


Admission to Principal Licensure Degree Status (Gate 7)

The student must meet all four of the following requirements to be admitted into degree status.

1. Applicants will submit a portfolio to superintendent requesting endorsement to apply to principal preparation program.

2. Portfolio contents will include the following:

  • Letter of application
  • Evidence of ability to improve student achievement
  • Evidence of leadership and management potential
  • Letters of recommendation from applicant’s principal, supervisor, and/or colleague (choose at least 2)
  • Completed copy of the most recent performance appraisal to include professional development component
  • A personal statement of career goals

3. Superintendent will review application and, if acceptable, will complete and sign a Professional Recommendation form

4. Application will then be submitted to a District/University Screening Committee along with:               

  • Official transcript from all degree-granting institutions
  • Grade Point Average
  • Current teaching licensure
  • Three years successful teaching
  • Hold Masters Degree



2013-14 BULLETIN  08/16/2013