Overview - Education Department, Undergraduate


Dr. Sherry Powers, Dean of School of Education
Dr. Mark Butler, Associate Dean; CAEP Coordinator
Dr. Tim Crook, Chair of Instructional Leadership
Dr. Channon Horn, Chair of Educational Specialties; Assessment System Coordinator
Dr. David Riel, Director of Clinical Experiences



     Elementary School Grades P-5

     Middle School Grades 5-9

     Secondary Education 8-12 (English, Biology, Chemistry, Social Studies, and Math)

     P-12 Education (French, Spanish, Latin, Art, Music, and Health/PE)

     LBD P-12 Dual Certification (must accompany certification for Elem Ed or Middle School)

     MSD P-12 Dual Certification (must accompany Elem Ed or Middle School AND LBD certificate)

The School of Education also offers an online Elementary School Grades P-5 program (based on Kentucky licensure) through the Adult Professional Studies. 


Asbury University has a variety of teaching majors leading to either the Bachelor of Science in Education or the Bachelor of Arts degree. The mission of the School of Education is as follow:

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.

The goal of the School of Education is to provide a strong academic Clinical-Based Preparation Program and to prepare quality educators who are committed to professional excellence and who positively impact P-12 student learning.  It is the intent of the School of Education to provide educators who can design instruction, assess student learning, analyze the work of learners, diagnose pupil progress, and prescribe for student success.  To accomplish this, candidates in education 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.

This commitment is embodied in the School of Education’s model:  "Facilitators of Student Success," which seeks to prepare educators in response to the Kentucky Teacher Standards who will be able to:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of content
  • Design/plan instruction
  • Create/maintain learning climate
  • Implement/manage instruction
  • Assess and communicate learning results
  • Demonstrate implementation of technology
  • Reflect/evaluate teaching/learning
  • Collaborate with colleagues/parents/others
  • Engage in professional development
  • Demonstrate professional leadership
  • Demonstrate dispositions that facilitate student learning and success while fostering professional community 

An integral facet of the program is education in a Christian context with preparation for service in various educational settings.  Addressing a broad range of contemporary educational issues, many courses offer opportunities for working with school-age young people.  Cooperating officials of nearby school systems provide the School of Education staff and students access to practical educational experiences.  The School of Education preparation programs are approved and accredited by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board and accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), now changing to the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).



The Teacher Education Program is administered through a Performance Assessment System built on a continuous improvement cycle which includes four progress check points or “Gates”:

Gate 1—Program Entry; complete Gate 1

Gate 2—Admission to Teacher Education; admission to upper level courses

Gate 3—Admission to Student Teaching; complete Form 2

Gate 4—Program Exit; recommendation for certification

Students seeking a recommendation for a teaching certificate must be accepted into the Teacher Education Program (Gate 2) in order to complete required professional courses (300 or above).  Receiving a “proficient” rating at Gate 3 is required to pursue the professional semester and obtain a student teaching assignment.  Fulfilling the requirements of Gate 4 (exit from program) results in a recommendation for certification.  Student teaching, which is considered to be a full-semester of coursework, involves two weeks of seminars and day-long involvement and participation for 13 weeks during a semester in a local school district. A minimum grade of 2.75 for all coursework in the cumulative, major, and professional courses GPAs must be maintained for continuation in all education major programs.  [The professional courses are as follows:  ED/EDA 301, 320, 341, 342, 350, 360, 380, 390, 385, 393, 401, 405, 410, 420, 421, 422, 425, 428, and all Student Teaching courses. Student Teaching is a minimum of 70 days and attendance at 7 seminars.]



Gate 2 Admission For Traditional Undergraduate- Residential Programs:

1. Meet Teacher Education Program entry requirements.

2. Obtain a minimum GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale in the cumulative GPA for admission into the Teacher Education Program.

3. Submit a formal application (Form 1) for admission into teacher education. 

4. Obtain a grade of "C" or above in each of these courses:

  • ENG 110 or ENG 151 (or ENG equivalent)
  • COM 130 or 150 (or equivalent)
  • MAT 201 (or equivalent) for elementary education majors, or MAT 120 for middle school, secondary, and P-12 education majors (May be met by ACT/SAT Math score of 26/600)      

5. Complete the PRAXIS Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading, Writing, and Math, and obtain KY passing scores.

6. Obtain a grade of "C" or above in ED/EDA 200 Introduction to Education.

7. Complete successfully ED/EDA 201 Structured Inquiry Clinical, 60 hours that includes at least one diversity experience with positive teacher recommendations (proficient rating)—including disposition ratings.

8. Obtain clearance from the Office of Student Development concerning moral, social, and ethical behavior.

9. Obtain 2 positive recommendations with disposition ratings for admission into teacher education.

10. Submit completed “Character and Fitness” form that meets Kentucky’s Code of Ethics

11. Complete a successful interview with the Teacher Education Committee (Proficient ranking).

12. Obtain an overall Proficient score on the Gate 2 portfolio, which includes Standard XI for dispositions.

(See variation for Gate 2 Admission For APS Undergraduate Programs – Education P-6)



1. Cumulative GPA 2.75 minimum

2. Major GPA 2.75 minimum

3. Professional GPA 2.75 minimum

4. Complete Form 2--Application to Student Teaching

5. Obtain positive department approval, including disposition ratings

6. Submit completed “Character and Fitness” form that meets Kentucky’s Code of Ethics.

7. Complete all professional education courses with a grade of “C” or better

8. Obtain Medical Clearance

9. Complete criminal background check

10. Obtain a Proficient rating on each ED/EDA 301 & 401 Clinicals

11. Obtain a Proficient rating on the interview

12. Obtain a Proficient rating on the portfolio, including Standard XI for dispositions

13. Interview with the Director of Clinical Experiences



1. Cumulative GPA minimum of 2.75

2. Major GPA minimum of 2.75

3. Professional GPA minimum of 2.75

4. Complete Certification Application

5. Obtain positive cooperating teacher recommendation, including Standard XI for dispositions

6. Complete and meet the criteria on the “Character and Fitness” Form

7. Complete student teaching with a Proficient rating, including Standard XI for dispositions

8. Obtain a Proficient rating on the interview

9. Obtain a Proficient rating on the portfolio, including Standard XI for dispositions


Licensure Examinations:

All education majors are required to take the appropriate PRAXIS II Specialty Area Exam(s) and the respective Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT).


Certification (Gate 4)

  • The Teacher Education Program at Asbury University is accredited by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE—now CAEP—Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation). Requirements for each teaching area at Asbury University are in compliance with the minimum regulations set forth by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board and are subject to change.  Each program curricular design responds to the specific NCATE (CAEP) specialty professional associations (SPA).
  • Applicants for a Kentucky teaching certificate must complete state approved program requirements and all graduation requirements which provide for meeting the initial academic certification standards. To be recommended for certification, a candidate must pass the Gate 4 interview and the portfolio review with a proficient rating, which includes a rating on candidate dispositions. For certification the candidate must also receive scores that meet or exceed the Kentucky established minimums on the PRAXIS II Specialty Area Assessment(s) and Principles of Learning and Teaching.
  • When the approved teacher education program and Kentucky certification testing requirements have been met and when an application for Kentucky certification has been completed, a Statement of Eligibility may be requested from the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board.  Upon securing a teaching contract, the beginning teacher must participate in the Kentucky Teacher Internship Program (KTIP) during the first year of teaching.

When certification is desired in another state, keep in mind that most state Departments of Education request a copy of the teaching certificate obtained from the state in which the teacher education program was completed.  Graduates can contact a state’s Department of Education to ask for an application for certification and can contact the Certification Specialist at Asbury University for assistance in interpreting individual state certification requirements.


Asbury graduates currently teach throughout the United States and in many foreign countries.  Over 60% of the states, including Kentucky, belong to the Interstate Certification Compact. 


Student Teaching Overseas - Asbury is affiliated with Interaction International/CCTECC (Christian College Teacher Education Coordinating Council) and SEND International.  These organizations provide Asbury with an accredited framework to offer overseas student teaching. Dual placement is necessary, with candidates teaching stateside in a local school district with supervision by Education faculty during the first half of the semester.  Student teaching overseas occurs during the last half of the professional semester.  Careful consideration needs to take place by anyone desiring to student teach overseas. There is an application and stateside training fee.  Candidates must apply at least one full calendar year in advance of student teaching placement.  Contact the Director of Clinical Experiences in the School of Education for details and application specifications.



The Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board mandates four levels of certification requirements which include Elementary (P-5), Middle School (5-9), Secondary (8-12), and all grade levels (P-12) Education. Students must meet the requirements of one of the prescribed certification programs.

Fifty percent of the major must be taken at Asbury University to receive a degree, and student teaching must be completed in a school district with which Asbury has a contractual agreement. All program requirements are in response to Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board and are subject to change.



2015-16 BULLETIN   8/24/2015