Master of Arts in Education (M.A.Ed.)

Initial/Alternative Teaching Certification

for Students without a Teaching License

Online 42 - 43 credits * 2.5 years

Repayment after graduation as low as


*if using financial aid

How to Pay
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Program Highlights & Benefits

100% online cohort

2.5 year completion time, including holiday breaks

No GRE required for some programs

No weekend classes


The Master of Arts in Education degree with initial teaching certification is for individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree with content courses in a certifiable major who wish to become a teacher. The subject area(s) in which you are eligible for certification will depend on the previous coursework you have completed as a part of your bachelor’s degree.

What You Learn

The Master of Arts in Education provides initial teaching certification at the middle or high school levels in Biological Science, Chemistry, Physics, English, Mathematics, and Social Studies. Certification for teaching at all grade levels is offered in Art, French, German, Spanish, PE/Health, and Instrumental or Vocal Music. The program is available to individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree with a major in one of the above-listed or closely related areas. A major verification must be completed to determine eligibility for this program.

Program Options

Students may choose from two tracks: Traditional Initial Certification – Choose from a wide range of certification areas, building on your personal interests and educational background; Alternative Initial Certification – Due to a lack of certified teachers in specific areas, some schools are willing to hire candidates who have a bachelor’s degree in the high-need content area and are enrolled in an alternative certification program under a temporary provisional certificate.

Option 6 Alternative Route for Teaching Grades P-12

This route allows individuals who hold a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in a non-teaching major to pursue initial teacher certification through Georgetown College which is accredited by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB).

A student enrolled in the Master of Arts in Education degree with initial teaching certification, can simultaneously teach in a Kentucky school district in the area for which they are seeking certification through their program.

For more information, visit Education Professional Standards Board.

How You Learn

This is a fully online cohort. You will log into the online classroom using our online learning management system to participate in online activities which may include assignments, webinars or chats, materials, discussion threads, assessments and/or group activities done electronically. You will finish one course every 7 and a half weeks. Following this schedule, you will complete the program in approximately 2 1/2 years.

Career Outcomes

Upon completion of this program students will have earned a Master of Arts in Education degree and initial teaching certification in the chosen certifiable subject area. A passing score on the appropriate Praxis exam(s) will be required to earn your initial teaching certification.

Degree Requirements

EDU 506History and Philosophy of Education3
EDU 565Human Development, Behavior, and Learning3
EDU 532Effective Classroom Instruction for Middle and Secondary Students6
ECE 502Introduction to Special Education3
EDU 529Teaching in a Diverse Society3
EDU 542Classroom Applications of Technology3
EDU 602Reading, Writing, and Thinking: Promoting Comprehension and Engagement through Effective Literacy Practices3
EDU 626Developing Teacher Leadership through Research/Implementation of Capstone Research Project3

Field Experience Requirements

EDU 535Mentored / Student Teaching for MA Certification6
EDU 536Mentored / Student Teaching for MA Certification6
EDU 622Field Experience in Middle and Secondary Schools (as needed)1
 Total Credit Hours:42-43
Please Note:

NOTE: This is only an introduction to the program. Coursework may be taken in a different order.

Students are required to meet all admission criteria (including passing the Core Academic Skills for Educators or Graduate Record Exam and meeting the minimum GPA requirement of 2.75 GPA (3.0 on last 30 hours of coursework), in order to be fully admitted to the program. In order to be considered for an alternative-certification (Option 6) position, you must meet all admissions criteria AND be fully accepted into the program before you may interview for a position.

The state requires 200 hours of pre-clinical field hours and a full-time, 15 week student teaching experience, which must be completed while not being in a paid position. This does not apply if you are in an alternative certification status.