Overview - Graduate Education

School of Education  


Dr. Sherry Powers, Dean of School of Education
Dr. Tim Crook, Associate Dean, and Chair of Instructional Leadership
Dr. Mark Butler, Chair of Education Specialties, and NCATE Coordinator
Dr. David R. Riel, Director of Clinical Experiences


The Graduate Education Program of Asbury University is committed to preparing leaders for the schools of today and tomorrow.  As part of the School of Education, the following mission statement applies to the Graduate Education Program:  Our mission as the School of Education is to facilitate the preparation of professional educators who embody world-class academic excellence, spiritual integrity, and servant leadership.

To accomplish this end, the Graduate Education Program creates a community and learning environment conducive to individual professional growth while embracing an ever-widening educational partnership with schools both local and worldwide.  As part of the clinical-based design in the School of Education, candidates in Graduate Education will focus on instructional design, student assessment, analyze learning, diagnose student needs, and prescribe appropriate interventions.  A Virtual Teaching School provides the foundation for delivering clinical preparation.  To accomplish this, candidates will have specific and intentional clinical opportunities in each course and will have extended clinical school-embedded experiences integrated throughout the preparation process.  The entire program is designed to facilitate education candidates entering a student-centered profession for the 21st century.

In keeping with the institutional commitment to evangelical Christianity in the Wesleyan-holiness tradition, a basic tenet of this program is the cherished preservation of our moral and ethical roots of educational inquiry and thought, content-specific and pedagogical knowledge, professional competence, and Christian caring with an intentional focus on preparation for educational leadership.  Reflecting the institution's commitment to develop the professional, the Graduate Education instruction targets individual areas of anticipated development and provides models for professional growth, clinical experiences, and leadership to accommodate specific educational paradigms.  Within a framework of moral stewardship and through diverse and exemplary models of teaching, the Graduate Education Program strives to enable its students to become leaders and facilitators of the educational community.  Recognizing the influence of our Wesleyan holiness roots and the need for professionals with strong moral and ethical character, the School of Education endeavors to prepare individuals who are committed to a lifetime of learning and will model servant leadership in support of the profession, society, family and the Church.

Foundational to this commitment the Graduate Education Program’s philosophy, Facilitators of Student Success, seeks to prepare graduate students in response to the Kentucky Teacher Standards for all graduate programs granting a license to teach.  The three leadership programs have their respective standards which include the International Reading Standards, the Teacher Leader Model Standards, the Interstate School Leaders Licensure Consortium, Kentucky’s Dimensions and  Functions for School Leaders, and the Technology Standards for School Administrators. In addition, all candidates in graduate education programs must meet the expectations for the School of Education’s Disposition Standard XI, “ demonstrate dispositions that facilitate student learning and success while fostering professional community.”

The Graduate Education Program offers the Master of Arts degree with opportunity for study in a number of certification areas. Options and specific requirements within these areas are listed below.


The Dean of the School of Education and the School of Education Administrative Council are responsible, within the School of Education, for all policies related to the Graduate Education Program including admission, graduation, academic policies, and appeals.  The Academic Dean and Registrar serve as policy and curricular consultants for institutional graduate issues. The School of Education is responsible recommending candidates for education licensure.


2014-2015 Bulletin 8/12/2014