Learning and Behavior Disorders P-12

The Online Education program is designed to provide busy, working adults with an opportunity to complete a master's degree in education. The Initial and Alternative Certification is for students who already hold a bachelor's degree in a content area and are interested in obtaining teaching credentials as an educator in the schools. The Additional Certification with the master's degree is for students who already hold a teaching license. They may complete the program for additional certification. The Optional Rank 1 Program is for students pursuing Rank 1 status or 30 hours of a planned program above the master's degree. Students who complete the Learning Behavior Disorders P-12 program are licensed for all 12 grades in a cross-categorical special education program that includes specific learning disabilities, emotional behavior disabilities, and mild mental disabilities. Students who already hold secondary licensure can attach the Learning Behavior Disorders 8-12 endorsement.

Quick Facts

  • Program Delivery Format:  Online, classes meet synchronously
  • Credit Hours:  50-54 total hours  (up to 9 may be transferred in for LBD P-12 Master of Arts in Teaching)
  • Potential Career Fields:  Learning and Behavior Disorder Educator, P-12
  • 2015 Tuition Rate:  $446 per credit hour
  • Department Webpage: School of Education, Graduate Education

Distinguishing Program Features

The program, a SACS accredited, top five ranked Regional College (South) by US News and World Report, combines distinguished academics and unique, real-world applications.

Facilitators of Student Success
The theme of the conceptual framework and the teaching philosophy of the School of Education, Facilitators of Student Success, guides all educator preparation programs. Asbury University educator preparation programs equip candidates with the knowledge and skills to guide 21st century learners, facilitate learning through mentoring models, and to guide P-12 student achievement.

Clinical-Based Model
Candidates model learner-based instruction emphasizing the value of each P-12 student’s achievement. The goal is to help every candidate in education "think like a teacher." The program, by incorporating authentic experiences and clinical practices, helps the candidate develop skills to design instruction, assess student learning, analyze student progress and achievement, diagnose learning needs, and prescribe for personalized learning plans. Two features define the types of clinical experiences in the program: (1) Course-Embedded school experiences with a range of authentic activities, and (2) Extended School Experiences in which each program contains multiple school-based experiences. As part of this experience, all candidates complete a total of 200 clinical hours prior to student teaching or the professional semester in order to gain confidence and competence

School of Education programs emphasize moral and ethical strength and integrity, teaching and leading as a calling, and professional thinking as a demonstration of passion and enthusiasm for teaching. The dispositional framework of educator preparation programs is linked to facilitating student success.

School of Education faculty care about preparing highly qualified educators. All education faculty have experience as P-12 teachers and leaders, and bring real-world experience and professional expertise to the learning environment.

How the Program is Delivered

The program is delivered online in dynamic, interactive web-based learning environments. Courses include live, synchronous web-conferencing experiences that connect students to faculty and each other. Project-based and collaborative activities provide an engaging learning experience that is highly relational. Students also benefit from interactions with distinguished practitioners from within the profession who connect with students virtually through the learning management system.

Students have the option of beginning the program at multiple entry points (Fall term, Spring term, Summer Terms). Students typically complete 6-9 credit hours each semester. Courses are typically delivered in 7 week blocks.

How the Program will Benefit Me

Completion of the program requirements will lead to a master's degree and/or Kentucky licensure. Certifications can be transferred to other states. Students benefit from clinical experiences in multiple, diverse schools and exposure to different student groups. Through the program, students have opportunities to connect with school leaders, educators and other key stakeholders.

Program Admissions Requirements

  1. Online Application
  2. Completed undergraduate degree from an accredited institution.
  3. Official transcripts for all previous undergraduate and graduate work sent directly from academic institution to Asbury University Graduate Education, attn:  Jean Howell.
  4. Minimum of 2.75 cumulative GPA or
    • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on last 30 hours of undergraduate or graduate coursework, OR
    • Candidates not meeting any of the grade point average criteria above who have a cumulative undergraduate or graduate grade point average below 2.75 may apply for admission on a probationary status.
  5. Copy of teaching certificate (if required for your program).
  6. Praxis or GRE scores (if required for your program) prior to admission,
  7. Character & Fitness form / Reference Waiver form (will be sent to you for digital signature)
  8. 3 professional references  (We will send electronic forms to your three requested references: 1 employer, 1 professor, 1 personal--not a family member.)
  9. International students only: 
    • TOEFL - minimum score of 550 on Paper-Based Test (PBT) or 80 on Internet-Based Test (iBT)
    • Transcript Evaluation

Testing Requirements Prior to Admission

  • Master of Arts (already certified teachers):
    • Passing Praxis scores required from your initial certification.
  • Master of Arts in Teaching (initial certification program—alternative certification available)
    • All MAT candidates must submit passing scores for PRAXIS I  (until September 1, 2014) or PRAXIS Core (after September 1, 2014)
    • Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, English, Social Studies, French, Latin, and Spanish MAT students must submit additional passing content Praxis scores for specific area.


Additional Program Testing Requirements

  • Master of Arts in Teaching (initial certification program):
    • After completion of 15-20 credit hours, ESL and LBD students take content Praxis
    • All MAT students are required to pass Principles of Learning and Teaching Praxis
    • Students must pass all required Praxis tests before beginning KTIP year
  • Master of Arts (already certified teachers): 
    • All other MA tracks, except Teacher as Leader, require passing content PRAXIS for successful program completion

[ALL TRANSCRIPTS, must be sent directly from that institution to the appropriate Admissions Office of Asbury University.  Hand-carried transcripts may be used for evaluation only and are NOT acceptable as final, official transcripts.]

Please visit the Graduate Education webpage for more specific information regarding academic and program requirements.