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.
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: 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
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 University students enrolled in the following programs:
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 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. 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:
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, 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:
Call: (859) 858-3511, ext. 2502
Write: Graduate Education Program
One Macklem Drive
Wilmore, KY 40390-1198
Fax: (859) 858-9043