Moderate and Severe Disabilities 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 Optional Rank 1 Program is for students pursuing Rank 1 status or 30 hours of a planned program above the master's degree.

The moderate and severe disabilities licensure program is a collaborative effort between Asbury University and University of Kentucky. In order to qualify for this program candidates must also be prepared in the learning and behavior disorders program area. This is a dual certification including learning and behavior disorders and moderate and severe disabilities.

Quick Facts

  • Program Delivery Format:  Online
  • Credit Hours:  32 total hours (up to 9 may be transferred in)
  • Potential Career Fields:  Moderate and Severe Disabilities Educator, P-12
  • 2014 Tuition Rate:  $433 per credit hour
  • Department Webpage: School of Education, Graduate Education

Distinguishing Program Features

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

Facilitators of Student Success
Facilitators of Student Success, the theme of the conceptual framework and the teaching philosophy of the School of Education, 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.
  3. Official transcripts of all previous undergraduate and graduate work sent directly from academic institution to the Admissions Coordinator in the Graduate Education Office at Asbury University.
  4. Minimum of 2.75 cumulative GPA or
    • Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on last 30 hours of undergraduate coursework 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).
  7. Character & Fitness Form
  8. 3 professional references submitted on the forms provided: 1 employer, 1 professor, 1 personal (not a family member).
  9. TOEFL - minimum score of 550 on Paper-Based Test (PBT) or 80 on Internet-Based Test (iBT) for international students.

Testing Requirements for Admission

  • All individuals holding a current teaching certificate: Passing Praxis scores are required from your initial certification.
  • Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, English, Social Studies, French, Latin, and Spanish Alternative Certification: Passing Praxis scores in your content area required.
  • Special Education Alternative Certification: No scores required for initial admission; passing score on first LBD Praxis II exam required for continuation after completion of approximately 15-20 credit hours.
  • English as a Second Language Alternative Certification: No scores required for intial admission.

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

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