Graduate Education Degree - Program Requirements

Graduate Education Degree — Program Requirements

Master of Arts in Education (MAEd)

Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) for Elementary, Middle, Secondary, 5-12, and P-12 programs

  • Admission to the Graduate School
  • 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 30 hours of credit completed, including undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • Statement of Eligibility or Professional Certificate with EPSB within the same grade span of elementary, middle, or secondary education.
  • Reference inventory on Candidate Dispositions (which candidate receives from a colleague or administrator who has worked directly with the candidate): In the areas of Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity, the candidate must receive a rating of 3 or higher to be eligible for admission to advanced programs.
  • Professional Code of Ethics, Character Fitness Declaration, and Professional Dispositions
  • Candidates must review the Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky School Certified Personnel established in 16 KAR 1:020 and sign a COE Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky Declaration form.
  • Candidates must review the character and fitness questionnaire contained in Section III of the CA-1 incorporated by reference in 16 KAR 2:010 and sign a COE Professional Character and Fitness Declaration form.
  • Candidates must demonstrate understanding of professional dispositions expected of professional educators

Master of Arts in Education (MAEd) for Gifted Education (P-12), Literacy Specialist (P-12), Instructional Leadership (P-12), School Media Librarian (P-12), or Special Education (P-12)

  • Admission to the Graduate School
  • 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 30 hours of credit completed, including undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • Statement of Eligibility or Professional Certificate with EPSB for elementary, middle or secondary teaching.
  • Reference inventory on Candidate Dispositions (which candidate receives from a colleague or administrator who has worked directly with the candidate): In the areas of Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity, the candidate must receive a rating of 3 or higher to be eligible for admission to advanced programs.
  • Professional Code of Ethics, Character Fitness Declaration, and Professional Dispositions
  • Candidates must review the Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky School Certified Personnel established in 16 KAR 1:020 and sign a COE Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky Declaration form.
  • Candidates must review the character and fitness questionnaire contained in Section III of the CA-1 incorporated by reference in 16 KAR 2:010 and sign a COE Professional Character and Fitness Declaration form.
  • Candidates must demonstrate understanding of professional dispositions expected of professional educators

 

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. James Dantic (James.Dantic@eku.edu) for analysis before proceeding with your application.  Dr. Dantic 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. James Dantic
Coordinator of MAT Programs
James.Dantic@eku.edu
859-622-7240

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

COE Alter. Cert. Specialist
Certification.alternative_routes@eku.edu
859-622-1828

Specialist in Education (EdS)

  • Admission to the Graduate School
  • A master’s degree or Rank II certification through a regionally accredited institution
  • Reference inventory on Candidate Dispositions (which candidate receives from a colleague or administrator who has worked directly with the candidate): In the areas of Communication, Collaboration, Critical Thinking, and Creativity, the candidate must receive a rating of 3 or higher to be eligible for admission to advanced programs.
  • Professional Code of Ethics, Character Fitness Declaration, and Professional Dispositions
  • Candidates must review the Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky School Certified Personnel established in 16 KAR 1:020 and sign a COE Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky Declaration form.
  • Candidates must review the character and fitness questionnaire contained in Section III of the CA-1 incorporated by reference in 16 KAR 2:010 and sign a COE Professional Character and Fitness Declaration form.
  • Candidates must demonstrate understanding of professional dispositions expected of professional educators

Certification Preparation Program

  • Admission to the Graduate School
  • A 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 30 hours of credit completed, including undergraduate and graduate coursework.
  • Statement of Eligibility or Professional Certificate with EPSB for teachers of exceptional children (including speech-language pathologist) or for school psychologist.
  • Three years’ experience (full time) as a teacher of exceptional children, speech-language pathologist, or school psychologist.
  • Professional Code of Ethics, Character Fitness Declaration, and Professional Dispositions
  • Candidates must review the Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky School Certified Personnel established in 16 KAR 1:020 and sign a COE Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky Declaration form.
  • Candidates must review the character and fitness questionnaire contained in Section III of the CA-1 incorporated by reference in 16 KAR 2:010 and sign a COE Professional Character and Fitness Declaration form.
  • Candidates must demonstrate understanding of professional dispositions expected of professional educators