Asbury’s Online Master’s in Education Opens Doors

Designed for working professionals, Asbury’s master’s programs in Education offer the benefits of face-to-face with the flexibility of online education.
Lorenzo Villalobos '13, currently completing his M.A. in Education at Asbury, was named “Teacher of the Year” at Wilmore Elementary School.

Innovative Classroom Equips Asbury Education Students

Asbury University’s School of Education offers a Model Classroom — a unique stepping-stone to real-life impact.

WILMORE, Ky. — Bright colors, book shelves and chart stands are just a few building blocks of an innovative new "Model Classroom" at Asbury University.

Asbury Education Students Learn by Serving

Students and faculty in Asbury University’s School of Education volunteer with schools in Knott County, Kentucky

WILMORE, Ky. — Anyone who’s heard of Asbury University’s School of Education already knows its track record of producing outstanding teachers. With experienced faculty, rigorous curriculum and impactful field experience, the program is worthy of its reputation.

Asbury “Math-letes” Present Research at State Conference

Three Asbury University student athletes recently presented research at a state conference for teacher education.
(From left): Haley Warren ’18, Emily Flaget ’20 and Kendall Anderson ’17 presented research at the Kentucky Association of Teacher Educators annual state conference.

Travel Courses

Travel Courses are faculty-led short-term travel or off-campus opportunities.  Students have the opportunity to participate in experiential learning while traveling and earning academic credit.  From time-to-time the Education Department will offer travel course options crafted specifically for education majors.  


Brittany Worthen

Assistant Professor

I hold a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Asbury University and spent eight years in the elementary classrooms in Nicholasville and Lexington, Kentucky. Currently, I am working on my doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Literacy at the University of Kentucky and feel honored to be back at Asbury teaching future teachers. I live in Lexington with my husband Ryan, our daughter Willow, and our dogs, Rook and Runner.


Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education from Asbury University.

Master's Degree in Teacher as Leader from Asbury University.


I am currently working on my doctorate at the University of Kentucky. I am studying Curriculum and Instruction with a focus in Literacy.

Dr. Sharon Bixler

Chair, Dept. of Educational Specialties, School of Education / Assistant Professor

Sharon Bixler is as an Assistant Professor of Education. She received her BA in Mathematics and her MAEd from Georgetown College and her PhD in STEM Education from the University of Kentucky. Her research interests involve the use of technology in the P-12 classrooms specifically in the areas of mathematics and science. Sharon lives in Lexington with her husband, Dwayne, and their two youngest of four children.


BA Mathematics, Georgetown College

MAEd Education w/ Instructional Technology Endorsement, Georgetown College

PhD STEM Education, University of Kentucky

Selected/Recent Publications: 

Bixler, S. (2014). Using iPads to explore parabolas. Mathematics Teaching in the Middle
School, 20
(30), 174‐177.


Member of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics

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

Mary Stricklin

Graduate Education Admissions & Recruitment

Mary Stricklin works with in Graduate Education Admissions & Recruitment. She is blessed to have grown up in Deland, Florida as a PK (preacher’s kid) in the United Methodist denomination. Like her father and brother before her, Mary followed the Lord to Asbury University where she graduated with a B.A. in Biology. Mary has worked as both a receptionist and medical assistant for the Daytona Beach division of Advanced Urology Institute. While at Asbury she was heavily involved in the Music Department and continues to enjoy music through their annual concerts.

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

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