University of Pikeville

Patton College of Education
Lisa Asbury
(606) 218-5317


Master of Arts in Education – Teacher Leader Program

Admission Criteria
Admission to any graduate teacher education program is not equivalent to admission to candidacy in the Master of Arts in Education: Teacher Leader Program (TLP). Additional information on admission criteria is available in the Graduate Teacher Education Handbook.

General Admission

1. Complete an application to the Graduate Teacher Education Program (GTEP).
2. The applicant must submit a completed and signed character and fitness questionnaire contained in Section III of the CA-1.
3. The applicant must present a signed Administrator Agreement with the principal of the school of employment.  If the applicant is not actively employed within a P-12 school, he/she must have a signed Administrator Agreement designating a classroom/teacher partner with whom the applicant can collaborate to complete all required clinical experiences before being admitted to the program.
4. Submit official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate work sent directly from the credit-granting institution to the University Registrar at the University of Pikeville.  (Up to 6 hours of transferred credits are allowed.)
5. Have on file official transcripts, a minimum, non-rounded cumulative GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale from the degree-granting institution (or a 2.6 prior to 2012) and a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on all relevant graduate level coursework.
6. The applicant must sign an acknowledgement form stating that he/she can access the online GTEP Handbook.
7. The applicant must submit a copy of his/her P-12 statement of eligibility or an initial certificate earned by completion of an approved program through an approved educator preparation provider in Kentucky; or, for out-of-state applicants, a statement of eligibility or an initial certificate issued by the Education Professional Standards Board per 16 KAR 5:020 and earned by completion of a program through an approved educator preparation provider. (The Certification Inquiry from the EPSB Website demonstrating P-12 certification will also be acceptable evidence.)
8. If the applicant’s first language is not English, he/she must provide evidence of English proficiency (i.e., TOEFL score of 80 on the iBT or 550 on the PBT).
9. Submit copy of minimum Kentucky passing scores on Praxis exams required for certification area, which can be indicated by a Statement of Eligibility (SOE) or Teaching Certificate issued by EPSB.
10. The candidate must review and sign a declaration to uphold the Professional Code of Ethics for Kentucky School Personnel defined in 704KAR20:680.
11. Agree to uphold the Model Code of Ethics for Educators (MCEE).
12. The applicant must demonstrate appropriate characteristics of a teacher leader by receiving no level 1 (Rarely or Never ) ratings on each section and a positive final recommendation on the Evaluation for Admission to the Graduate Teacher Education Program, that includes sections on professional qualities, critical thinking, communication skills, creativity, and collaboration.  (Three are required.)
13. The candidate must complete a pre self-assessment of the Teacher Leader Model Standards.
14. The applicant must have a signed statement indicating understanding and commitment to developing the expected professional dispositions.

(Please see the Graduate Teacher Education Handbook for more information.)

Applications and required forms are available in the University of Pikeville Graduate Education Office, Admissions Office, or University of Pikeville website.

Admission to Candidacy
An applicant must first meet the requirements to enroll in the Graduate Teacher Education Program. After twelve hours of approved graduate coursework, the applicant may apply for admission to candidacy.  The following will be completed as a part of the first 12 hours.

1. Obtain a GPA of at least a 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on the first 12 hours of relevant, transferable, education graduate coursework.
2. Submit an approved professional growth plan based on the Kentucky Framework for Teaching.
3. Have no ratings at the ineffective level on the teacher partner assessment of the Teacher Leader Model Standards.
4. Must attain a score of 3 or better on each of the professional dispositions identified on the Candidate Dispositions Inventory as assessed by graduate education faculty.
5. Be approved for admission to candidacy in the TLP by the Graduate Teacher Education Committee.

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