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Middle School Grades 5-9 (Choose two content areas: Science, English, Math, Soc. Stud., Spec. Ed.)
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 educators in the schools.
Distinguishing Program Features
The program, a SACS accredited, top-five ranked Regional College (South) by US News and World Report, combines distinguised academics and unique, real-world applications.
Facilitators of Student Success
The theme of the conceptual framework and 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 5-9 student achievement.
Candidates model learner-based instruction emphasizing the value of each 5-9 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 of our education faculty have experience as 5-9 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, spring, or summer term). 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 leads to a master's degree and/or Kentucky licensure. 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 and Additional Information
Visit the Graduate Education Frequently Asked Questions page to find out more information about admission and program pre-requisites.