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August 14, 2019

Asbury University is offering a new program, in partnership  with local high schools, that will allow high school juniors and seniors to take introductory education courses through the University’s School of Education.

Currently, the partnership is being rolled out in its pilot stage at East Jessamine High School. The first cohort of students will take classes including Introduction to Education, Human Growth Development and Technology for Education.

Classes will be taught by East Jessamine High School faculty and students will earn both high school and college credit.

The partnership will allow students to enter Asbury’s School of Education with six credits as college freshmen, should they apply and be accepted to Asbury.

According to Dr. David Riel, an Asbury Education professor, the partnership will provide a great opportunity for high schoolers who already know that they’d like to study education in college.

“What we’re hoping is that students will choose Asbury as the place they want to attend college because they have already taken those three courses from Asbury,” Riel said.

According to Riel, the partnership will provide a great value for students as they may be able to graduate from college sooner than the traditional four years.

“These are students who have already expressed an interest in being an Education major and so they will be able to come to Asbury with those courses already completed and, theoretically, will be able to graduate sooner if they attend Asbury,” Riel said.

The Asbury School of Education is also speaking with several other Kentucky school districts who may implement the program in the future.

Learn more about the School of Education at Asbury University.