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.
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.
The same pre-requisites for the Ed.S degree apply to the following certification-only programs.
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).
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.
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):
What are the prerequisites for admission? Are any entrance exams required?
Prerequisites for the Master of Arts programs
Prerequisites for the Master of Arts in Teaching programs
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
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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:
Ed.S: Principal/Instructional Supervisor/Director of Pupil Personnel Licensure
*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.
Call: (859) 858-3511, ext. 2502
Write: Graduate Education Program
One Macklem Drive
Wilmore, KY 40390-1198
Fax: (859) 858-9043