Frequently Asked Questions

What Graduate Education programs are offered?

Asbury University currently has Kentjucky EPSB approved online programs for:

Master of Arts (advanced degree, Rank I, Rank II)

  • English as a Second Language, P-12 Endorsement
  • Special Education: Learning & Behavior Disorders, P-12
  • Special Education: Moderate & Severe Disabilities (attached for Asbury University LBD certificates, only)
  • School Social Worker Certification
  • Literacy  Specialist, P-12 Endorsement
  • Teacher as Leader Endorsement
  • Principal Licensure Program 

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT):  Initial Teaching Certification (Traditional and Alternative Certification tracks available):

  • Biology, 8-12  (degree in biology required)
  • Chemistry, 8-12 (degree in chemistry required)
  • English, 8-12  (degree in English required)
  • Mathematics, 8-12 (degree in mathematics required)
  • Social Studies, 8-12 (degree in Social Studies required)
  • Middle Schhool, 5-9 (two content areas required:  Science, Math, English, Social Studies, LBD)
  • French, P-12  (language degree required)
  • Latin, P-12 (language degrerequired)
  • Spanish, P-12 (language degree required)
  • Special Education: Learning & Behavior Disorders, P-12 (Bachelor's degree required, any area)
  • English as a Second Language, P-12 (Bachelor's Degree required, any area)

Is the Graduate Education Program at Asbury University accredited?

Yes. The entire Education Department, including the Graduate Education Program, has both state and NCATE accreditation.

What are the admission requirements?

  • Application
  • Completed undergraduate degree from accredited institution
  • Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work sent directly to the Admissions Coordinator in the Graduate Education Office at Asbury University
  • Minimum of 2.75 cumulative GPA
  • Copy of teaching certificate (MA, principal programs only)
  • Praxis or GRE scores (if required for your program--see next)
  • 3 professional references : 1 employer, 1 professor, and 1 personal.   Asbury Graduate Education will send out  forms for digital signature to your designated references.
  • For International Students Only:  TOEFL score of 550 minimum on Paper-Based Test (PBT) or 80 on Internet-based test (iBT)(iBT)

Do I have to take an exam (such as the Praxis or GRE) for admission?

Testing requirements for admission depend on the program for which you are enrolling:

  • Master of Arts programs: passing Praxis scores required from your initial certification.
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (initial certification): passing Praxis CASE scores; passing Praxis II in specific content area (no Praxis II required for ESL or LBD MAT).

What is the application deadline?

  • Summer classes:       April 31
  • Fall classes:              July 31
  • Spring classes:          December 31

What does the program cost?

Current tuition rates for Graduate Education can be found here.  All Graduate Education courses are assessed a $30-50 technology fee.  Certain clinical courses are assessed addition supervisory fees.

Is financial aid available?

Yes. Students must submit a FAFSA to determine the federal aid for which they may qualify. If you wish to receive federal financial aid, you must complete a Graduate Aid Application form, which will be sent to you for digital signature as part of the admission process.  This must be filled out each year and your FAFSA form must be kept up to date. These two forms will enable the Financial Aid Office to complete your financial aid award. Be sure to sign and return the forms to the Financial Aid Office in order to complete the process. In addition, some grants and loan forgiveness programs may be available depending on your selected program of study. Download the Financial Information Sheets or FAQ for more details.

What other financial aid do you offer other than loans?

On top of our discounted tuition, we also offer two other grant options to help pay for your graduate degree.

Federal Teach Grant

The Federal Teach Grant provides funds to students who are completing or who plan to complete coursework that is required to begin a career in teaching, and who agree to teach full-time for at least four years: 

  • As a highly qualified teacher
  • At a school or educational service agency (ESA) servicing low-income students; and
  • In a high-need field

The four years of teaching must be completed within eight years after you complete or otherwise cease to be enrolled in the program for which you received a TEACH Grant. This teaching requirement is known as your TEACH Grant service obligation.

To be considered for this grant, you must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), be a US citizen or eligible non-citizen, be enrolled in coursework that is necessary to begin a career in teaching or plan to complete such course work, meet certain academic achievement requirements, sign a TEACH Grant Agreement To Serve (ATS), and complete Teach Entrance Counseling.

For full details regarding the Federal Teach Grant, please visit the FTG Home Page.

WHAS Grant

Due to the increased shortage of Kentucky qualified special education teachers, WHAS Crusade For Children has granted Asbury’s Graduate Education Program scholarship funds to be awarded to assist certified teachers in obtaining certification in the area of Special Education. The WHAS Incentive Grant will award a partial tuition discount per semester for qualified students.

If you would like more information on this grant please contact the Graduate Education Office my phone at 859-858-3511 ex.2502.

Will these programs fulfill my requirements for Rank II or Rank I?

Yes. All of the programs are state-approved and can be used for rank change.

How are classes offered?

All graduate education courses are delivered completely online, meeting synchronously with a professional educator in an Adobe Connect classroom.  As our programs are designed on a clinical-based model, certain field-based courses (internships, field experiences, or practica) are required in each major, with all student clinical placements assigned to Kentucky P-12 classrooms.

Do I have to start the program in the summer, or can I start any semester?

We offer fall, spring and summer program start options.   For certain programs, however, we recommend specific semester starts for optimal course sequencing and most expeditious degree completion.

How long does it take to finish the program?

This varies by program and semester start choice.   Semester counts include summers; 6 semesters = 2 years.  Maximum allowable program completion time is 5 years.

Semester requirements by program:

  • Master of Arts (programs for certified teachers):  ESL (6), LBD (7-8), Literacy Specialist (6), Teacher as Leader (5-6)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (initial certification):  ESL (6-7), LBD (7-8), Secondary/Middle School Education (6-7)
  • Principal Licensure:  Level I licensure (5), Level II Education Specialist Degree (7)

Additional Program Information and Contact:

Graduate Education Program Page

Call: (859) 858-3511, ext. 2502
Write: Graduate Education Program
Asbury University
One Macklem Drive
Wilmore, KY 40390-1198
Fax: (859) 858-9043