Dr. Joe Blackbourn

Professor of Special Education

Dr. Joe Blackbourn is a Professor of Special Education with over 35 years experience as an educator and administrator in both P-12 and higher education.  Before coming to Asbury he served on the faculties of Iowa State University, the University of Memphis, & the University of Mississippi.  Dr.


Ph.D.-Mississippi State University

M.S. in Education-University of Central Missouri

B.S.-Mississippi State University

Additional Graduate Study-University of Kansas

Contact the Department

School of Education main office
(859) 858-3511 x2223

Graduate Education
(859) 858-5502

Traditional Undergraduate
(859) 858-3511, x2142

Adult Professional Studies
(859) 858-2804

Education Majors and Minors

Undergraduate Education Majors and Minors


Elementary School Grades P-5 *Also available through the Adult Professional Studies Department

Middle School Grades 5-9

P-12 Education and Secondary Education 8-12 (majors housed in other departments):

Art Grades P-12

School of Education Overview

Dr. Bonnie Banker, Interim Dean of School of Education
Dr. Tim Crook, Chair of Instructional Leadership
Dr. Michael Hylen, Chair of Educational Specialties
Dr. David Riel, Director of Clinical Experiences

How to Apply

After the Graduate Education Admissions Department receives your online application, you will receive a follow-up e-mail from the admission clerk saying that your application was received.

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:

Graduate Education Programs

Asbury University offers programs designed for those seeking initial certification, certified teachers seeking additional certification or rank change, and teachers who would like to pursue a position in school leadership. Below you will find major sheets for each of the programs offered. For more information about program prerequisites, admission information, and much more, please see our FAQ page.

Graduate Education Department

Why choose Asbury?

APPLY NOWAt Asbury University, we care deeply about our candidates. That caring is rooted in a Christ-like modeling of a balanced life in all facets of our daily journey. Our professors model positive relationships with their students and a passion for teaching and learning.


Asbury University is accredited through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

All programs provided within the School of Education are accredited at the state level by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) nationally by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).

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