Master of Arts in Education (MAEd)

Chair or Program Director: 

Robert B. Cooter, Jr., Ed.D., Dean
Bellarmine Office Building 326, Phone 502.272.8076,

John Sizemore, M.Ed., Interim Chair of Advanced Graduate Education Programs
Bellarmine Office Building 320, Phone 502.272.7982,


Jean Green, Placement Director
Bellarmine Office Building 332, Phone 502.452.8191,


Anne B. Bucalos, Ed.D.; Sarah Bush, M.Ed.; Kathleen Cooter, Ph.D.; Christy McGee, Ed.D.; Theresa Magpuri-Lavell, Ed.D.; Corrie Orthober, PhD.; David Paige, Ed.D.; Lauren Pohl, M.A.; Belinda Richardson, Ed.D.; Kevin Thomas, Ph.D.; Chris Walsh, Ed.D.; Carl Williams, MAT; Dottie Willis, Ed.D.

MAEd Programs

This is an advanced degree program for those students holding an initial teacher certification.  The following emphasis areas are available:

  • Teacher Leadership, Grades P-12
  • Reading and Writing Endorsement, Grades P-12
  • Learning and Behavior Disorders Endorsement, Grades P-12

“Educator as Reflective Learner”
As our theme, “Educator as Reflective Learner” suggests, our candidates are integrally involved in ongoing reflective practice as master educators in their classrooms, schools and communities. Reflective teachers use the world of practice, knowledge of pedagogy, knowledge of the learner, and knowledge of content personally to evaluate their effectiveness. This continuous process provides master teachers with a basis for self evaluation that results in leadership development for school improvement.

Advanced teacher candidates will participate in ongoing evaluation through the use of an individualized Professional Growth Plan, Anchor Assessments within identified courses, Dispositions Assessments at specified transition points, and a final culminating project within the candidate’s emphasis or endorsement area.  Each candidate will work closely with his/her faculty advisor to review regularly progress toward the degree.

Program Objectives

In addition to its unit mission, vision, and overall theme, the AFTSE requires candidates in all initial and advanced programs to demonstrate acceptable performance on its Program Objectives through the following criteria of continuous assessment: individual course assessments, field and clinical evaluations, disposition assessments, benchmark and/or anchor assessments, and Capstone Project and/or standardized exams (where appropriate). Based on this program assessment data, the candidate who achieves proficiency accomplishes the following Program Objectives:

  • Collaborates with education stakeholders, including parents, teachers, administrators, and the community, to improve student learning and achievement;
  • Reflects on diverse field and clinical experiences, making instructional decisions based on individual learner needs;
  • Demonstrates educator dispositions that value the dignity and unique development of individual learners, and the intellectual, moral, ethical, and professional competencies that characterize effective teaching and leading;
  • Analyzes data to make pedagogical and content based decisions that inform teaching, learning, leading, and achievement in the 21st Century; and
  • Employs Valli’s five reflective processes which include technical, personalistic, deliberative, in and on action, and critical reflection.


All teacher education programs at the advanced level recognized by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board are fully accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 2010 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036; and approved by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board.

Requirements for Admission

  • A baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution.
  • A 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) overall grade point average for all undergraduate coursework.
  • A 3.00 grade point average in the applicant’s undergraduate major.
  • Satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or other approved exam.
  • Recommendations from professors, employers, or supervisors attesting to the applicant’s potential as a graduate student.  Teacher Leader requires letter from current building principal.
  • A letter of intent to pursue the graduate degree; the letter should include a statement of the applicant’s professional goals and application rationale (two pages).
  • Official transcripts of all previous higher education course work from regionally accredited institutions in sealed envelope from the institution.
  • A valid Kentucky Provisional or Professional Certificate at the program level for which the applicant is making application.  Teacher Leader requires current teaching position.  
  • If your undergraduate degree is from an international institution, you were born outside the United States, or English is
    your second language, you will be required to submit an official TOEFLiBT (internet-based test) score and receive a total score
    of 80 or higher. We will also consider an equivalent score on the IELTS or MELAB tests. The School of Education Admission,
    Progression and Graduation Committee reserves the right to require a TOEFL score from any applicant.
  • Additional information is required from international applicants; see the MAEd admission application form for more information.

For application information contact the  Office of Graduate Admission at 1.800.274.4723 x 8258, 502.272.7200, or

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