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Dr. Sharon Bixler, Dean of School of Education
Dr. Tim Crook, Chair of Undergraduate Education

Dr. Lewis Willian, Chair of Graduate Education
Dr. David Riel, Director of Clinical Experiences

SCHOOL OF EDUCATION UNDERGRADUATE PROGRAMS

  • Elementary School Grades P-5
  • Middle School Grades 5-9
  • Secondary Education 8-12 (English, Biology, Chemistry, Social Studies, and Math)
  • P-12 Education (French, Spanish, Latin, Art, Music, and Health/PE)
  • LBD P-12 Dual Certification (must accompany certification for Elementary Education or Middle School)

The School of Education also offers an online Elementary School Grades P-5 program (based on Kentucky licensure) through Adult Professional Studies.

Asbury University has a variety of teaching majors leading to either the Bachelor of Science or the Bachelor of Arts degree. The mission of the School of Education is as follows:

Our mission as the School of Education is to facilitate the preparation of professional educators who embody world-class academic excellence, spiritual integrity, and servant leadership.

The goal of the School of Education is to provide a strong academic Clinical-Based Preparation Program and to prepare quality educators who are committed to professional excellence and who positively impact P-12 student learning. It is the intent of the School of Education to provide educators who can design instruction, assess student learning, analyze the work of learners, diagnose pupil progress, and prescribe for student success. To accomplish this, candidates in education will have specific and intentional clinical opportunities in each course and will have extended clinical school-embedded experiences integrated throughout the preparation process. The entire program is designed to facilitate education candidates entering a student-centered profession for the 21st century.

This commitment is embodied in the School of Education’s model: “Facilitators of Student Success,” which seeks to prepare educators in response to the Kentucky Teacher Standards for Educator Preparation and Certification who will be proficient in:

Standard 1. Learner development.

Standard 2. Learning differences

Standard 3. Learning environments.

Standard 4. Content knowledge.

Standard 5. Application of content.

Standard 6. Assessment.

Standard 7. Planning for instruction

Standard 8. Instructional strategies.

Standard 9. Professional learning and ethical practice.

Standard 10. Leadership and collaboration.

An integral facet of the program is education in a Christian context with preparation for service in various educational settings. Addressing a broad range of contemporary educational issues, many courses offer opportunities for working with school-age young people. Cooperating officials of nearby school systems provide the School of Education staff and students access to practical educational experiences. The School of Education preparation programs are approved by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAM

The Teacher Education Program is administered through a Performance Assessment System built on a continuous improvement cycle which includes four progress check points or “Gates”:

  • Gate 1—Admission to Teacher Education; admission to upper level courses at the end of the ED 201 clinical semester
  • Gate 2—Review a candidate’s education program at the end of the ED 301 clinical semester
  • Gate 3—Admission to Student Teaching at the end of the ED 401 clinical semester
  • Gate 4—Program Exit; recommendation for certification

Candidates seeking a recommendation for a teaching certificate must be accepted into the Teacher Education Program (Gate 1) in order to complete required professional courses (300 or above). Receiving a “developing” rating at Gate 3 is required to pursue the professional semester and obtain a student teaching assignment. Fulfilling the requirements of Gate 4 (exit from program) results in a recommendation for certification. (Scoring rubrics for ratings, recommendations, interviews and dispositions are located in the current School of Education Teacher Education Handbook.) Student teaching, which is considered to be a full-semester of coursework, involves a two-day seminar (I-Steps) held on campus prior to candidates starting their 70-day student teaching experience and 7 on campus seminars throughout the student teaching semester. Candidates must obtain a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale in the cumulative GPA (EPSB: or obtain a grade point average of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale on the last thirty (30) hours of credit completed) for admission into the Teacher Education Program. Upon admission to TEP, the following GPAs are monitored throughout the remainder of the program to assure a minimum GPA of 2.75 in cumulative and professional GPA.

ADMISSION TO TEACHER EDUCATION GATES for Traditional Undergraduate Education Majors

(See variation for Teacher Education Gates for Adult Professional Studies Undergraduate Program – Education P-6)

Prerequisites – Prior to registering for ED 201 and entering the education gating process, the teacher candidate must complete the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) and obtain KY passing scores in the following: Reading = 156, Writing = 162, and Math = 150.

GATE 1 – End of the ED 201 Clinical Semester – Requirements for Admission to Teacher Education:

  1. Cumulative GPA minimum of 2.75.
  2. School of Education Major GPA minimum of 2.75.
  3. Submit a formal application (Form 1) for admission into teacher education.
  4. Obtain a grade of ‘C’ or above in each of these courses:
  • Composition ENG 110 or ENG 151 (or ENG equivalent)
  • Public Speaking COM 150 (or equivalent)
  1. Complete all professional education courses with a grade of ‘C’ or better.
  2. Complete successfully ED 201 Structured Inquiry Clinical, 60 hours that includes at least one diversity experience with positive teacher recommendations (developing rating)—including disposition ratings.
  3. Sign off on the Community Life Form.
  4. Obtain 2 positive recommendations with disposition ratings for admission into teacher education. Two of the five recommendations come from application to the Program (one personal and one professional).
  5. Submit completed “Character and Fitness” form that meets Kentucky’s Code of Ethics.
  6. Complete a successful interview with the Teacher Education Committee at a “proficient” level.
  7. Obtain an overall Developing score on the Gate 1 portfolio, which includes Standard XI for dispositions.

GATE 2 – End of the ED 301 Clinical Semester – Requirements to continue in Teacher Education:

  1. Cumulative GPA minimum of 2.75.
  2. School of Education Major GPA minimum of 2.75.
  3. Completion of MAT 201 (or equivalent) with a grade of ‘C’ or above for elementary education majors; Completion of Foundations Math requirement (MAT 120 or equivalent) with a grade of ‘C’ or above for all other education majors.
  4. Obtain positive department approval, including disposition ratings.
  5. Complete all school of education courses with a grade of ‘C’ or better.
  6. Obtain a Developing rating in the ED 301 clinical.
  7. Complete a successful collaborative performance event at a “proficient” level.
  8. Obtain a Developing rating on the portfolio, including Standard XI for dispositions.

GATE 3 – End of the ED 401 Clinical Semester – Requirements for Admission to Student Teaching:

  1. Cumulative GPA minimum of 2.75.
  2. School of Education Major GPA minimum of 2.75.
  3. Complete Form 2–Application to Student Teaching.
  4. Obtain positive department approval, including disposition ratings.
  5. Submit completed “Character and Fitness” form that meets Kentucky’s Code of Ethics.
  6. Complete all professional education courses with a grade of ‘C’ or better.
  7. Obtain Medical Clearance.
  8. Complete criminal background check.
  9. Obtain a Developing rating in the ED 401 Clinical.
  10. Complete a successful interview at a “proficient” level.
  11. Obtain a Developing rating on the portfolio, including Standard XI for dispositions.
  12. Interview with the Director of Clinical Experiences.

GATE 4 – End of Student Teaching – Requirements for Program Exit and Recommendation for Certification:

  1. Cumulative GPA minimum of 2.75.
  2. School of Education Major GPA minimum of 2.75.
  3. Complete Certification Application.
  4. Obtain positive cooperating teacher recommendation, including Standard XI for dispositions.
  5. Complete and meet the criteria on the “Character and Fitness” Form .
  6. Complete student teaching with a Developing rating, including Standard XI for dispositions.
  7. Complete a successful interview with the Teacher Education Committee at a “proficient” level.
  8. Obtain a Developing rating on the portfolio, including Standard XI for dispositions.

Licensure Examinations:

All education majors are required to take the appropriate PRAXIS II Specialty Area Exam(s) and the respective Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT).

Certification

  • The Teacher Education Program at Asbury University is approved by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board and accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Requirements for each teaching area at Asbury University are in compliance with the minimum regulations set forth by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board and are subject to change. Each program curricular design responds to the specific CAEP specialty professional associations (SPA).
  • Applicants for a Kentucky teaching certificate must complete state approved program requirements and all graduation requirements which provide for meeting the initial academic certification standards. To be recommended for certification, a candidate must complete a successful interview at a “proficient” level with the Teacher Education Committee, and the portfolio review with a Developing rating, which includes a rating on candidate dispositions. For certification the candidate must also receive scores that meet or exceed the Kentucky established minimums on the PRAXIS II Specialty Area Assessment(s) and Principles of Learning and Teaching.
  • When the approved teacher education program and Kentucky certification testing requirements have been met and when an application for Kentucky certification has been completed, a full standard professional certificate may be requested from the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board.

When certification is desired in another state, keep in mind that most state Departments of Education request a copy of the teaching certificate obtained from the state in which the teacher education program was completed. Graduates can contact a state’s Department of Education to ask for an application for certification and can contact the Certification Specialist at Asbury University for assistance in interpreting individual state certification requirements.

Asbury graduates currently teach throughout the United States and in many foreign countries. Over 60% of the states, including Kentucky, belong to the Interstate Certification Compact.

Student Teaching Overseas – Asbury is affiliated with Interaction International/CCTECC (Christian College Teacher Education Coordinating Council) and SEND International. These organizations provide Asbury with an accredited framework to offer overseas student teaching. Dual placement is necessary, with candidates teaching stateside in a local school district with supervision by Education faculty during half of the professional semester and teaching overseas during the other half of the semester. Careful consideration needs to take place by anyone desiring to student teach overseas. There is an application and stateside training fee. Candidates must apply at least one full calendar year in advance of student teaching placement. Contact the Director of Clinical Experiences in the School of Education for details and application specifications.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

The Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board mandates four levels of certification requirements which include Elementary (P-5), Middle School (5-9), Secondary (8-12), and all grade levels (P-12) Education. Students must meet the requirements of one of the prescribed certification programs. Fifty percent of the major must be taken at Asbury University to receive a degree, and student teaching must be completed in a school district with which Asbury has a contractual agreement. All program requirements are in response to Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board and are subject to change.

 

GRADUATE PROGRAMS IN EDUCATION

GRADUATE EDUCATION PROGRAM MISSION STATEMENT

The Graduate Education Program of Asbury University is committed to preparing leaders for the schools of today and tomorrow. As part of the School of Education, the following mission statement applies to the Graduate Education Program: Our mission as the School of Education is to facilitate the preparation of professional educators who embody world-class academic excellence, spiritual integrity, and servant leadership.

To accomplish this end, the Graduate Education Program creates a community and learning environment conducive to individual professional growth while embracing an ever-widening educational partnership with schools both local and worldwide. As part of the clinical-based design in the School of Education, candidates in Graduate Education will focus on instructional design, student assessment, analysis of learning, diagnosis of student needs, and prescription of appropriate interventions. A Virtual Teaching School provides the foundation for delivering clinical preparation. To accomplish this, candidates will have specific and intentional clinical opportunities in each course and will have extended clinical school-embedded experiences integrated throughout the preparation process. The entire program is designed to facilitate education candidates entering a student-centered profession for the 21st century.

In keeping with the institutional commitment to evangelical Christianity in the Wesleyan-holiness tradition, a basic tenet of this program is the cherished preservation of our moral and ethical roots of educational inquiry and thought, content-specific and pedagogical knowledge, professional competence, and Christian caring with an intentional focus on preparation for educational leadership. Reflecting the institution’s commitment to develop the professional, the Graduate Education instruction targets individual areas of anticipated development and provides models for professional growth, clinical experiences, and leadership to accommodate specific educational paradigms. Within a framework of moral stewardship and through diverse and exemplary models of teaching, the Graduate Education Program strives to enable its students to become leaders and facilitators of the educational community. Recognizing the influence of our Wesleyan holiness roots and the need for professionals with strong moral and ethical character, the School of Education endeavors to prepare individuals who are committed to a lifetime of learning and will model servant leadership in support of the profession, society, family and the Church.

Foundations to this commitment the Graduate Education Program’s philosophy, Facilitators of Student Success, seeks to prepare graduate students in response to the Kentucky Teacher Standards for all graduate programs granting a license to teach. The three leadership programs have their respective standards which include the International Reading Standards, the Teacher Leader Model Standards, the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium, Kentucky’s Dimensions and Functions for School Leaders, and the Technology Standards for School Administrators. In addition, all candidates in graduate education programs must meet the expectations for the School of Education’s Disposition Standard XI, “demonstrate dispositions that facilitate student learning and success while fostering professional community.”

The Graduate Education Program offers the Master of Arts degree with opportunity for study in a number of certification areas. Options and specific requirements within these areas are listed below.

GRADUATE EDUCATION GOVERNANCE

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

GENERAL APPLICATION PROCESS

  1. Complete an application at no charge.
  2. Submit official transcripts* from each college/university at which undergraduate and/or graduate work was completed.
    [*NOTE: To be accepted as official, all transcripts must be sent directly from the credit-granting institution(s) to Asbury University Graduate Education Admissions. Hand-carried transcripts, even in sealed envelopes, will not be accepted. Electronic transcripts are acceptable only if, when printed, they do not show watermarks.]
  3. Submit one copy of current Teaching Certificate or Statement of Eligibility (only for programs with certificate as a pre-requisite).
  4. Submit PRAXIS or GRE scores (as required by specific degree programs).
  5. Complete digital Character & Fitness form & Reference Waiver form listing (3) three professional references (required forms will be sent to you for electronic signature from the Graduate Education Admissions Office):
    • current or most recent employer,
    • former professor, and
    • a personal reference (not a family member).
  6. Final admission to the Graduate Education Program will be made by the School of Education.

Submit all transcripts/correspondence to:

Graduate Education Admissions
Asbury University
One Macklem Drive, Reasoner #317
Wilmore, Kentucky 40390

For further information, contact Graduate Education Office: (859) 858-3511, x2502 or x2691

GRADUATE EDUCATION DEGREE PROGRAM ADMISSIONS – MA & MAT

  1. Completed graduate application form, including Character and Fitness and Reference Waiver forms.
  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. This requirement may also be met by one of the following:
    1. Cumulative grade point average of 3.00 on last 30 hours of undergraduate coursework or graduate coursework, OR
    2. 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 provisional 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).
  6. MAT degree candidates only: Kentucky’s passing score for full admission. Choose one:
    1. Passing score on PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading, Writing & Math exam,
      OR
    2. Successful completion of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) administered by the Education Testing Service with the following corresponding scores on the corresponding sections:
      1. Verbal Reasoning taken prior to 8/1/2011 – 450; or Verbal Reasoning taken after 8/1/2011 – 150;
      2. Quantitative Reasoning taken prior to 8/1/2011 – 490; or Quantitative Reasoning taken after 8/1/2011 – 143; and
      3. Analytical Writing – 4.0.
    3. For MAT (except LBD and ESL), must pass the PRAXIS II content exam in respective discipline.

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

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 graduate credits toward the master’s degree. These credits must have been completed at a regionally-accredited graduate school. Only courses with a grade of B or better which are equivalent to Asbury University courses may be transferred.

See Academic Policies > Graduate Program Transfer & Non-Class Credit.

Admission To Degree Status (Gate 5)

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

  1. Completed degree status application form.
  2. Successful completion of 7- 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. For students seeking initial certification in Graduate Education Master of Arts in Teaching Program: successful formal interview demonstrating critical thinking, communication, creativity, and collaboration as well as demonstrating professional dispositions expected of professional educators.

Certification Examinations

All candidates seeking teacher certification are to take the appropriate PRAXIS II Specialty Area Examination(s) and Principles of Learning and Teacher Examination(s) in order to be certified. Contact the Graduate Education Office for a list of tests required for each program area. A bachelor’s degree is a pre-requisite to all of the Master of Arts degree programs. Additional prerequisites may be required for each program. All of these programs lead to Kentucky certification.

GRANTING OF THE M.A. OR M.A.T. DEGREE (GATE 6)

The actual granting of the M.A. or M.A.T. degree requires completion of the following:

  1. Successful completion of all coursework in a maximum of 5 years from the date of enrollment.
  2. Minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00.
  3. Minimum of 30.0 hours of graduate coursework.
  4. Successful submission of Professional Portfolio.
  5. Successful completion of Action Research and Project Presentation.
  6. Approval for graduation by the program faculty.
  7. Submission of a Graduation Application showing course plan for final requirements, in the Registrar’s Office by posted deadline for the commencement year and expected graduation date (Oct. 15 for December graduation, and Feb. 15 for May or August graduation. Application information may be found online.