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The Online Education program is designed to provide busy, working adults with an opportunity to complete an Education Specialist Degree (EdS). This program is designed for students pursuing Rank 1 status. Students who complete the Dual-Certification Program will earn both Principal and Supervisor of Instruction P-12 Licensure. Principal Alternative Certification Route allows completion of the preparation program with concurrent employment in a school district.
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.
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 two entry points (Fall or Spring 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 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
- Online Application
- Letter from applicant that states career goals and documents ability to improve student achievement and exhibit both leadership and advanced knowledge of curriculum, instruction and assessment
- Reference Waiver and recommendation forms from applicant's principal, supervisor, and/or colleague (minimum of 2 of the 3 options)
- Teacher Evaluation Summary completed by School or District Supervisor
- Official transcripts from accredited institutions showing undergraduate degree and master's degree with cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater (these must be sent directly from the credit-granting institutions)
- Copy of current teaching licensure (must have at least three years experience).
- Character and Fitness form
- Selective Interview Process
- International Students Only: TOEFL - minimum score of 550 on Paper-Based Test (PBT) or 80 on Internet-Based Test (iBT).
[ALL TRANSCRIPTS must be sent directly from that institution to Asbury University Graduate Program in Education. Hand-carried transcripts may be used for evaluation only. Hand-carried transcripts are NOT acceptable as final, official transcripts.]
Please visit the Graduate Education webpage for more specific information regarding academic and program requirements.