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

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) 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.

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