Graduate Programs

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Graduate programs offered through the Department of Curriculum and Instruction include the Master of Arts in Education degree w/Teacher Leader endorsement in Elementary Education, Library Science, Middle Grade Education, Secondary Education, Gifted and Talented Education, Literacy P-12, and the Master of Arts in Teaching (initial teacher certification) with options in Elementary Education, Middle Grade Education, and Secondary/P-12 Education. Students admitted to these programs must meet the general requirements of the Graduate School and specific college and department requirements. The Master of Arts in Education degree meets the requirements for Rank II, or, when completed as a second Master's Degree, Rank I.

In addition, graduate Rank I, non-degree programs are offered in Elementary Education, Library Science, Middle Grade Education, and Secondary Education. Admission to Rank I programs requires completion of a Master's Degree or Rank II non-degree program. Follow this link to apply for admission (through the Apply Now! link) or to learn more about the application process.

Several of our degrees are offered 100% online. Check out Eastern Kentucky University Online for more information about our online offerings.

Admission Requirements 

Prospective graduate students must meet the admissions requirements of the Graduate School and, in most cases, must have an active state EPSB certification.

In addition, candidates must have earned an overall 3.0 undergraduate GPA or a 3.25 GPA in the last 60 hours completed.  Candidates meeting or exceeding this GPA will have the GRE or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) admission requirement waived.  Candidates who do not meet this GPA requirement must submit official test scores for either the GRE or Miller Analogies Test (MAT).  Scores on the GRE/MAT are used in conjunction with the undergraduate GPA and other criteria in selecting candidates for admission.  More information on admissions requirements may be found in the most current Graduate Catalog.

Personal and Professional Goals

Candidates in all programs set personal/professional goals related to the Kentucky Teacher Standards.. These goals are identified in a Professional Growth Plan (master's degree) or a Continuing Professional Improvement Plan (Rank I).  Candidates will develop an online portfolio that includes entries demonstrating the accomplishment of key assessments as they transition through their program. This portfolio plays a significant role in continual student and program assessment.

Additional information and resources for graduate students can be found here.

For more information about Graduate Programs please contact: Dr. April Blakely, Graduate Coordinator, or Dr. Ginni Fair, Department Chair.

Degrees and Options

Master of Arts in Education

Master of Arts in Education in Secondary Education

  • MAEd in Secondary Education - Agriculture (5-12)
  • MAEd in Secondary Education - Art (P-12)
  • MAEd in Secondary Education - Biology (8-12)
  • MAEd in Secondary Education - Business (5-12)
  • MAEd in Secondary Education - English (8-12)
  • MAEd in Secondary Education - Family and Consumer Science Education (5-12)
  • MAEd in Secondary Education - Mathematics: Mathematics Education (8-12)
  • MAEd in Secondary Education - Music (P-12)
  • MAEd in Secondary Education - Physical Education (P-12)
  • MAEd in Secondary Education - Physical Science: Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics (8-12)
  • MAEd in Secondary Education - School Health (P-12)
  • MAEd in Secondary Education - Social Studies: History (8-12)
  • MAEd in Secondary Education - Technology Education (5-12)

Rank I

  • Elementary Education (P-5)
  • Library Science (P-12)
  • Middle Grades Education (5-9)
  • Secondary Education (P-12, 5-12, or 8-12)


  • Driver Education (8-12)
  • Environmental Education (P-12)
  • Gifted Education (P-12)
  • Literacy Specialist (P-12)
  • Teaching English as a Second Language (P-12)