Graduate education first in the state to add Teacher as Leader

Teacher as Leader classes begin Oct. 6.

WILMORE, KY—Asbury College’s Graduate Education Program is pleased to announce the new program in educational leadership known as “Teacher as Leader.” The Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) gave final approval on Aug. 18 to launch the program. Asbury College is the first program in the state to receive approval to prepare “teachers as leaders” for this new contemporary program recently put in regulation by the EPSB.

This new program in “Teacher as Leader” qualifies credentialed teachers to complete requirements for a master of arts in education degree in developing skills to serve as leaders for today’s schools striving for excellence. “An exciting aspect of this new program is our partnership with P-12 educators who will assist in program delivery providing a high level of authenticity to our preparation of highly qualified leaders,” said Dr. Bonnie Banker, director of graduate education.

Students will also participate in the Kentucky Leadership Academy featuring national consultant events and opportunities to study with highly skilled educators, school principals and district leaders. They will also have the opportunity to participate in online learning in collaboration with Harvard University on teaching and leading for understanding, data analysis and instructional technology.

Former Kentucky Deputy Commissioner for Education Linda France will serve as coordinator of educational leadership. France spent 26 years in the Jessamine County school system, serving as superintendent from 1998 to 2004. She also served as a teacher, guidance counselor, assistant principal and assistant superintendent for curriculum. France can be contacted at

Classes begin Oct. 6. Currently certified teachers may apply by contacting Lenore Sweigard or apply on-line through the graduate education web site.

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