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-major-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 Endorsement
  • Literacy Specialist, P-12 Endorsement
  • Teacher as Leader Endorsement

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
  • Moderate & Severe Disabilities (The MSD certification is available to Asbury LBD students only. Contact admissions for more information)

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.), Teacher as Leader (5-6 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 (https://www.ets.org/praxis).
    • If you have taken the GRE within the past 10 years, the following scores may be accepted in lieu of the CASE PRAXIS:
      • Verbal Reasoning taken prior to 8/1/2011 – must receive 450 or higher; or if taken after 8/1/2011 – must receive 150 or higher.
      • Quantitative Reasoning taken prior to 8/1/2011 – must receive 490 or higher, or if taken after 8/1/2011 – must receive 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 (https://www.ets.org/toefl) if your first language is not English

Note: Asbury will not confer provisional acceptance pending exams. You must pass all required exams before being admitted. It is highly recommended that you take the exams before applying.

Prerequisites for the Ed.S program and PLP, IS, and DPP certification-only 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:

  • MA / MAT Option 6 instruction hours earned in the educator’s classroom are applied towards clinical requirement.
  • MAT Traditional students fulfill clinical hours in approved Kentucky P-12 classrooms as school- and course-embedded hours, culminating with a full-semester student teaching assignment.
  • Ed.S/PLP/IS/DPP are offered as a hybrid program. All required courses meet online. There are a few optional face-to-face meetings offered each semester to allow you to meet your professors and cohort.

What is Option 6 (alternative certification)?

Option 6 (alternative certification) is available to Asbury students who are seeking initial certification through a Master of Arts in Teaching program. When you are admitted to the program, you may pursue a teaching job in any EPSB-approved P-12 school. If you are hired, you will be granted a Temporary-Provisional Teaching Certification. The KTIP year is also built into the program. Upon graduation, you will be granted a 4-year professional teaching certificate.

Traditional certification (which includes a full semester of student teaching) is available to all Master of Arts in Teaching students as well.

How much do the Graduate Education programs cost?

2015-2016 tuition is $460 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 (https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/types/grants-scholarships/teach). 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 (www.apply.asbury.edu) free of charge. After you apply, the Admission Department will contact you with further information.

You may submit a paper application https://www.asbury.edu/sites/default/files/u276/Application-General%20%26%20TLE.pdf), though there is a $25 processing fee associated if you decide to do so.

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)
  • Reference waiver and contact information for three references: professional, personal, and employer* (sent to your e-mail inbox via EchoSign)
  • PRAXIS scores
  • Official transcripts of all** previous undergraduate and graduate work sent directly from the granting institution to:
    Asbury University
    Graduate Education
    1 Macklem Drive
    Wilmore, KY 40390
  • Copy of current teaching licensure (required of certified teachers only)
  • Interview (MAT students only)

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

  • Character and fitness form (sent to your e-mail inbox via EchoSign)
  • 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)
  • Official transcripts of all** previous undergraduate and graduate work sent directly from the granting institution to:
    Asbury University
    Graduate Education
    1 Macklem Drive
    Wilmore, KY 40390
  • Letter of application with attached resume or curriculum vitae
  • Interview

*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 regarding this, please contact the Admissions Department.

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