Program Requirements

Master of Arts in Education (MAEd)

  • Prospective graduate students must meet the admissions requirements of the Graduate School.
  • Candidates without prior graduate coursework must either have earned an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (or a GPA of 3.25 or higher in their last 60 hours) or they must submit either GRE or MAT scores.
  • Candidates must have a valid state teaching certification.

Master of Arts in Education — Special Education (MAEd)

LBD

  • Prospective graduate students must meet the admissions requirements of the Graduate School.
  • Candidates without prior graduate coursework must either have earned an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (or a GPA of 3.25 or higher in their last 60 hours) or they must submit either GRE or MAT scores.
  • Additional admission requirement to the Advanced Study option is provisional teaching certification in LBD. Additional admission requirement to the Additional Certification option is KY provisional teaching certification in P-5, 5-9, or Secondary for classroom teachers.

DHH

  • Prospective graduate students must meet the admission requirements of the Graduate School.
  • Candidates without prior graduate coursework must either have earned an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (or a GPA of 3.25 or higher in their last 60 hours) or they must submit either GRE or MAT scores.
  • Candidates must have a valid state teaching certification.

IECE

  • Undergraduate GPA of 3.0 overall or 3.25 in the last 60 hours completed OR
  • GRE scores of 150 Verbal and 140 Quantitative OR
  • MAT score of 389
  • Additional admission requirement to the Advanced Study option is provisional teaching certification in IECE. Additional admission requirement to the Additional Certification option is KY provisional teaching certification in P-5, 5-9, or Secondary for classroom teachers.

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

Admission Eligibility to Graduate Studies, Initial Licensure Program

EKU Grad School Requirements:

A bachelor’s or master’s degree with a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale OR a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on the last sixty (60) hours of credit completed, including undergraduate and graduate coursework.

Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) Requirements for Probationary Admittance Pending GRE Scores:

A grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last thirty (30) hours of credit completed, including undergraduate and graduate coursework (per EPSB regulation 16 KAR 5:020) for admission to any teacher licensure program in Kentucky. 

Please submit unofficial copies of all prior transcripts to Dr. April Blakely (april.blakely@eku.edu) for analysis before proceeding with your application.  Dr. Blakely will help determine for which concentrations you are eligible and the appropriate admission exams required for your application. This also provides time for Q & A prior to the formal submission of an application.

 

Checklist for Admission to Graduate Studies, Initial Licensure Program

1. Graduate School Application – Submit the online application form accessed from http://admissions.eku.edu and pay the application fee to open an application file. 

2.Admission Testing Requirements - Make sure to designate EKU (Code 1200) and EPSB [Code R7283(A)] as official score report recipients when registering for any exam.

a.        Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) exam series - May only be selected if your cumulative undergraduate GPA is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or 3.25 in the last 60 hours.  www.ets.org/praxis  

Pass score requirement:  Reading (156); Writing (162); and Mathematics (150)

  OR

Graduate Record Examination www.ets.org/gre

Pass score requirement:   Verbal Reasoning (150); Quantitative Reasoning (143); and Analytical Writing (4.0)

b.       Praxis II Content Exam in the desired certification area is required.  Middle grades majors must pass one of two required Praxis II exams for admission.  IECE, Elementary, and Music majors do not require this exam for admission. www.ets.org/praxis

3. Official Transcripts– Have other institutions you have attended for all undergraduate and graduate degree coursework send official transcripts to EKU Admissions. 

4. Recommendations – Three letters of reference are required.

5. Professional resume – Submit a professional resume listing degrees and prior work experiences.

6. Autobiography – Submit an autobiography documenting relevant life, work, and educational experiences.

7. Written Essays – Demonstrate competencies in communication, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration in two (2) writing assignments given by the School. 

a.        Essay 1 –In an essay of approximately 3-4 pages, describe a situation (professional, educational or other) in which you exhibited the following qualities successfully: (1) critical thinking, (2) creativity, (3) communication, and/or (4) collaboration.

b.       Essay 2– In an essay of approximately 3-4 pages, describe how you will practice critical thinking, creativity, positive communication and collaboration in your future teaching career.

8. Professional Code of Ethics and Character Fitness Declaration– Complete, sign and date a Personal and Professional Fitness Declaration form.  This process includes a review of the Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky School Personnel established in 16 KAR 1:020.  The form is available at http://tex.eku.edu/admissions.

9. Criminal Background Check– The EKU College of Education requires a state criminal history background check approved by the College as a condition of admission.  Under certain circumstances, a national criminal history background check may be required as a condition of admission.  The COE collaborates with Verified Credentials, Inc. for this screening process. The fee is $40 payable at the time you order the screen.  To access QualifiedFrist go to http://scholar.verifiedcredentials.com/eku. The code is MMBHR-62472.  More detailed instructions are available at http://tes.eku.edu/background-checks-0

10. Candidate Statement of Commitment regarding Dispositions– You must complete and sign a Candidate Statement of Commitment regarding Dispositions form available at http://tex.eku.edu.admissions.

11. Admission Interview – Potential candidates must successfully complete an interview with the MAT Admissions Panel prior to admission.  This appointment also serves as an initial advising appointment to discuss a planned program of study.  Appointments are available on campus or via digital conferencing (e.g., Skype, GoToMeeting).

The MAT program accepts applications year-round for coursework starting annually in August, October, January, March, and May.  Admission dates are dependent upon successful receipt of the above listed requirements.

For further questions regarding admissions and programs contact:

Dr. April Blakely
Coordinator of MAT Programs
april.blakely@eku.edu
859-622-2396

To check the status of admissions paperwork or for licensure questions contact:

COE Alter. Cert. Specialist
kim.alexander@eku.edu
859-622-8326

Specialist in Education (EdS)

  • Prospective graduate students must meet the admissions requirements of the Graduate School.
  • Completion of an approved master’s degree
  • Candidates must have a valid state teaching certification
  • Three years of teaching experience

Certification Preparation

  • Prospective graduate students must meet the admissions requirements of the Graduate School.
  • Candidates without prior graduate coursework must either have earned an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (or a GPA of 3.25 or higher in their last 60 hours) or they must submit either GRE or MAT scores.
  • Candidates must have a valid state teaching certification.

IECE

  • Prospective graduate students must meet the admissions requirements of the Graduate School.
  • Candidates must meet state eligibility requirements for professional educators including at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA and current state test score requirements (Praxis or GRE).
  • Candidates must have a valid state teaching certification or be eligible for admission to professional education.

Endorsement Preparation

  •  Prospective graduate students must meet the admissions requirements of the Graduate School.
  • Candidates without prior graduate coursework must either have earned an overall undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher (or a GPA of 3.25 or higher in their last 60 hours) or they must submit either GRE or MAT scores.
  • Candidates must have a valid state teaching certification.

SI and DPP

  • Prospective graduate students must meet the admissions requirements of the Graduate School
  • Completion of an approved master’s degree
  • The courses required for Level I principal certification
  • Candidates must have a valid state teaching certification
  • Three years of teaching experience

SSE

  • Prospective graduate students must meet the admissions requirements of the Graduate School.
  • Completion of an approved master’s degree
  • The courses required for Level II principal certification
  • Candidates must have a valid state teaching certification
  • Three years of teaching experience
  •  Two years of administrative experience