Frequently Asked Questions

What Graduate Education programs does Asbury University offer?

All of the following programs are approved at state (EPSB), regional (SACS), and national (CAEP) levels. They can be used to fulfill requirements for rank II and rank I.

Major sheets for each of the following programs can be found here: https://www.asbury.edu/offices/registrar/graduate-program-sheets

Master of Arts

MA programs are for certified teachers seeking to further their education. Each program can be used for rank II or rank I certification.

  • Special Education: Learning & Behavior Disorders, P-12
  • English as a Second Language, P-12
  • Literacy Specialist, P-12

Certification-only, Rank I

The following programs are for certified teachers who have already obtained their master’s degree and would like to add an additional certification area and/or obtain Rank I certification. A master’s degree is not conferred at the end of these programs.

  • Special Education: Learning and Behavior Disorders, P-12
  • English as a Second Language, P-12
  • Literacy Specialist, P-12

The same pre-requisites for the Ed.S degree apply to the following certification-only programs.

  • Instructional Supervisor
  • Principal Licensure
  • Director of Pupil Personnel

Master of Arts in Teaching

MAT programs are for students who hold a bachelor’s degree and would like to receive initial teaching certification. All of our MAT programs can be completed via Option 6 (Alternative Certification) or through the traditional route (where coursework is followed by a full semester of student teaching).

  • Biology, 8-12 (degree in biology required)
  • Chemistry, 8-12 (degree in chemistry required)
  • Mathematics, 8-12 (degree in mathematics required)
  • English, 8-12 (degree in English required)
  • Social Studies, 8-12 (degree in social studies required)
  • French, P-12 (degree in French required)
  • Latin, P-12 (degree in Latin required)
  • Spanish, P-12 (degree in Spanish required)
  • Special Education: Learning & Behavior Disorders, P-12 (bachelor’s degree in any area is a sufficient prerequisite)
  • English as a Second Language, P-12 (bachelor’s degree in any area is a sufficient prerequisite)
  • Middle School Education (two content areas required: English, Math, Science, Soc. Stud. or LBD)

Education Specialist (Ed.S): Principal Licensure / Instructional Supervisor Certification/ Director of Pupil Personnel Licensure

The Ed.S. Program includes three certifications in one program. It is designed for certified teachers who hold a master’s degree, have at least three years of successful teaching experience, and would like to pursue a school leadership role.

  • Level I: 30 hour certification program
  • Level II: Ed.S degree upon completion of 6 additional credit hours

How long does it take to complete each program?

This varies by student, semester start, and program. All Graduate Education students attend part-time. Average completion time (including summer semesters):

  • Master of Arts (programs for certified teachers)

    ESL (6 sem.), LBD (7-8 sem.), Literacy Specialist (6 sem.)
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (initial certification)

    ESL (6-7 sem.), LBD (7-8 sem.), P-12 Spanish, French, Latin/Secondary/Middle School Ed (6-7 sem.)
  • Education Specialist/Principal Licensure/Instructional Supervisor/Director of Pupil Personnel

    Level I licensure (5 sem.), Level II Education Specialist Degree (7 sem.)

What are the prerequisites for admission? Are any entrance exams required?

Prerequisites for the Master of Arts programs

  • Valid Kentucky teaching certificate
  • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA in your bachelor’s degree or advanced degree from a regionally-accredited college or university
  • No additional exams are required for entrance into the program

Prerequisites for the Master of Arts in Teaching programs

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university
    • If you would like to pursue a MAT in ESL or LBD, a bachelor’s degree in any area will suffice.
    • If you would like to pursue a MAT in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, English, Social Studies, French, Latin, Spanish, or Middle School content areas (choose two) including English, Math, Social Studies, or Science, then a bachelor’s degree in the corresponding content area is required.
  • Minimum 2.75 cumulative GPA in your bachelor’s degree or advanced degree
  • Passing scores on the CASE PRAXIS test OR the GRE
    • CASE PRAXIS: Reading, Writing & Math (#5712, #5722, #5732 if taking all tests individually. If you prefer to take the combined test (more cost effective), the test number is #5751). You can register for the tests through the ETS website. Free study materials are available through ETS as well.
    • If you have taken the GRE within the past 5 years, the following scores may be accepted in lieu of the CASE PRAXIS:
      • Verbal Reasoning - 150 or higher
      • Quantitative Reasoning - 143 or higher
      • Analytical Writing – 4.0 or higher
  • Passing score on the appropriate content area PRAXIS exam (if applicable).
    • If you are pursuing a MAT in any of the following content areas, you will need to pass the corresponding PRAXIS exam prior to admission:
      • Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, English, Social Studies, French, Latin, Spanish, Middle School content areas (choose two) including English, Math, Social Studies, or Science.
      • Contact Asbury’s Graduate Education Admissions Department for more information.
  • Passing score on the TOEFL exam if your first language is not English

Note: You must pass all required exams before being admitted. Asbury will not confer provisional acceptance pending exams.

Prerequisites for the Ed.S program and PLP, IS, and DPP certification programs

  • Valid teaching certificate
  • Master’s degree with a minimum 3.00 cumulative GPA (a Kentucky 5th Year certification does not fulfill this prerequisite. You must hold a master’s degree.)
  • Minimum 3 years of successful teaching experience in an EPSB-approved P-12 school
  • No additional exams are required for entrance to the program

How are courses offered? Do you offer them online?

All Graduate Education programs are offered online with live weekly meetings hosted via Adobe Connect. Most classes are offered in seven-week sessions, allowing for expeditious program completion.

Field-based clinicals are integral to each program of study:

  • Master of Arts in Teaching
    • Option 6 (alternative certification) - Many clinical hours will be applied from the classroom teaching experience.* No student teaching will be required.
    • Traditional route to certification -  Students fulfill clinical hours in approved Kentucky P-12 classrooms as school and course-embedded hours. A full semester of student teaching will be required as the culminating clinical assignment.
  • Ed.S/PLP/IS/DPP
    • The principal licensure program offers both traditional and Option 6 routes to certification.*
* See "What is Option 6 (alternative certification) for more information.

What is Option 6 (alternative certification)?

Option 6 (alternative certification) is available to Asbury University students enrolled in the following programs:

  • All Master of Arts in Teaching programs
  • Principal Licensure
  • Director of Pupil Personnel

When the student is admitted to the program, he/she will be provided with an acceptance letter noting eligibility for a Temporary Provisional Teaching Certification within the area the student is studying. When the letter is conferred, the student may pursue a teaching job in any EPSB-approved P-12 school. Once hired, the student will work with Asbury University's Certification Specialist and will be granted a Temporary-Provisional teaching certification. The Temporary-Provisional teaching certificate can be renewed only twice. For that reason, the student must complete the program within three years of beginning the Option 6 route to certification by holding to the signed course plan provided by the Graduate Education department at Asbury University. The KTIP year is also built into the program. Upon graduation, the student will be granted a 4-year Professional teaching certificate.

Traditional certification (which includes a full semester of student teaching) is available in all programs provided by the Graduate Education department.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to the Graduate Education Admissions Clerk at 859.858.3511 x2502 or GradEd@asbury.edu if you have any questions about how Option 6 works.

Do you accept course substitutions?

We can accept up to 9 credit hours of course substitutions for master’s programs and up to 6 credit hours for educational leadership programs (Principal, Instructional Supervisor, and Director of Pupil Personnel).

In order to receive course substitutions, you will need to request a substitution request form from the Admissions Clerk at GradEd@asbury.edu prior to being accepted to your program. We will ask that you supply the completed form, a course description, and possibly a syllabus for each class you wish to transfer in. Each request will be reviewed, and the Admissions Clerk will inform you as to whether the substitutions were approved or denied.

How much do the Graduate Education programs cost?

2016-2017 tuition is $475 per credit hour. Most courses are also assessed a $30 technological flat fee. Initial teaching certification clinical courses are assessed additional supervisory fees.

Is financial aid available?

Federal Financial Aid (FAFSA) is available to those who qualify. For more information, please contact the Financial Aid Department at financial.aid@asbury.edu or 859.858.3511 x2195.

Though Asbury’s Graduate Education department does not provide scholarships, you may be interested in the Teach Grant. Additional funding options could be available for students pursuing a certification in Special Education. Contact the Graduate Education Admissions Department for more information.

Is there an application deadline?

We offer open enrollment, but request that all application materials be received at least two weeks prior to the first day of the semester.

How do I apply?

You may apply online free of charge at apply.asbury.edu.  After you apply the Graduate Education Admissions Clerk will follow up with you regarding next steps.

After I apply, what else is required to complete my application portfolio?

Master of Arts / Master of Arts in Teaching:

  • Character and fitness form (sent to your e-mail inbox via EchoSign when your application is received)
  • Reference waiver and contact information for three references: professional, personal, and employer* (sent to your e-mail inbox via EchoSign when your application is received)
  • CASE PRAXIS exam scores
  • PRAXIS II exam scores (English as a Second Language and Learning and Behavior Disorders students are exempt from this prerequisite)
  • Official transcripts of all** previous undergraduate and graduate work sent directly from the granting institution to:
    Asbury University
    Graduate Education Department
    1 Macklem Drive
    Wilmore, KY 40390
  • Copy of current teaching licensure (required of certified teachers only)
  • Interview with the Chair of Educational Specialties

Ed.S: Principal/Instructional Supervisor/Director of Pupil Personnel Licensure

  • Character and fitness form (sent to your e-mail inbox via EchoSign once your application is received)
  • Reference waiver and contact information for three references*: Principal, Superintendent OR master’s professor, and a colleague (sent to your e-mail inbox via EchoSign once your application is received)
  • Official transcripts of all** previous undergraduate and graduate work sent directly from the granting institution to:
    Asbury University
    Graduate Education Department
    1 Macklem Drive
    Wilmore, KY 40390
  • Applicant letter with attached resume or curriculum vitae
    • 3-5 page max, double-spaced, documenting the following:
      • skills and understanding related to his/her ability to improve student achievement
      • evidence of ability to exhibit both leadership and an advanced knowledge of curriculum, instruction, and assessment
      • Personal Statement of career goals
  • Interview - This will be scheduled for you when all items listed above are received

*When the admission department obtains your reference contact information, they will send out a form directly to your references for digital signature via EchoSign. It is not necessary for you to request any recommendation letters.

**Regardless of whether a degree was conferred, a transcript is required from every institution you attended. If you have questions, please contact the Graduate Education Admissions Clerk.

Who can I contact to ask further questions?

You can reach the Graduate Education Admissions department at 859.858.3511 x2502 or via e-mail at GradEd@asbury.edu.

Additional Program Information and Contact:

Graduate Education Program Page

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