Admission

2011-2012

Applications for admission to the Graduate program are considered on a rolling basis as they are completed. Deadlines for submitting all paperwork for entrance into the Graduate Education program are posted on the Graduate Education website.

Students who are admitted into the Graduate Education program progress through various checkpoints, and must meet certain requirements at the various checkpoints to proceed in the program. These requirements vary by program, and are outlined on the curriculum contract for each program. For most applicants, an admission decision can be made with an application, an official college transcript, a copy of a current teaching certificate, a completed Kentucky Code of Ethics form, a FERPA form, and completed Program Entry Recommendation forms. If the applicant’s undergraduate GPA is less than 2.75, the Program Director should be contacted for further instructions.

Candidates who hold a master’s degree with a cumulative GPA of at least a 3.0 from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning may be admitted to the Graduate Education program without regard to undergraduate transcripts.

Candidates who have not earned a graduate degree, but who present a graduate transcript from a regionally accredited institution containing at least twelve (12) hours of coursework with a grade point average of 3.5 or better, may be considered for graduate admission on the basis of these grades in lieu of the undergraduate GPA.

The first page of each application packet contains a list of documents required to complete a Graduate Education student application file. Specific program requirements are listed below.

The Application Process

Teacher Leader master of Arts (for candidates who are already certified)

Submit the following application-related documents to: Associate Dean of Graduate Education, ATTN: Graduate Admissions, Georgetown College, 400 E. College Street, Georgetown, KY 40324, by the posted application deadline (see the Graduate Education website for application deadline dates).

  1. Application for admission. Secure form from the department website or complete online. There is no fee required.
  2. One official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate coursework. The undergraduate and graduate coursework / degrees must be from a regionally accredited institution and must be posted on the transcript(s).
  3. One photocopy of a Kentucky Teaching Certificate or Statement of Eligibility OR submit evidence of knowledge of content in your area of specialization. For those who hold a valid and current Kentucky teaching certificate that required a passing score on PRAXIS, no additional evidence is required. For those from states where PRAXIS is not required, submit some form of evidence that you have acquired knowledge of content in your specialty area(s), e.g., other standardized test scores or scores from senior exit examinations. Candidates who intend to enroll in the Teacher Leader Master of Arts—Reading Specialist program must hold a valid professional teaching certificate showing evidence of having passed the KTIP.
  4. Two Program Entry Recommendation/Evaluations: one from your school principal and one from a peer teacher (forms found in the application packet)
  5. Signed copies of the Kentucky School Personnel Code of Ethics and the confidentiality form (FERPA) (forms found in the application packet)
  6. A writing sample: Compose a letter to the Associate Dean of Graduate Education answering the following four questions:
    • Why did I choose teaching as a profession?
    • What experiences do I have as a teacher so far?
    • Why am I interested in becoming a teacher leader?
    • What professional development goals and activities have I been  involved in recently?

Master of Arts with Alternative Certification (MA-AC) In Secondary Teaching

The following requirements apply to those wishing to seek initial certification through the Master of Arts—Alternative Certification program at the secondary teaching level.

NOTE: Students enrolled in alternative route programs should consult with their respective program director regarding all certification matters.

  1. Before applying, contact the Alternative Certification Program Director to verify the completion of a certifiable major.
  2. Complete an application for admission.
  3. Request that two official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework (if any) be sent to the Associate Dean of Graduate Education, Georgetown College, 400 E. College Street, Georgetown, KY 40324. Degree must be posted on the transcript(s).
  4. Show evidence of professional dispositions by submitting two signed Program Entry Recommendation/Evaluations from (1) an individual who is familiar with your subject matter competency, and (2) an individual who is familiar with your rapport with children/youth (forms found in the MA-AC application packet).
  5. Provide a type-written, personal statement essay of 300-500 words that demonstrates your knowledge of and experience with issues facing schools today. You may use the Kentucky Teacher Standards as a template (found in the MA-AC application packet).
  6. A written Human Relations Incident (instructions included in the MA-AC application packet)
  7. Read, sign, and return the Kentucky School Personnel Code of Ethics and confidentiality form (FERPA) found in the MAAC application packet.
  8. Once these materials have been received, candidates will be asked to schedule an interview with the Alternative Certification Program Director to complete the application and evaluation process.
  9. The interview is an integral component of the admissions process and must be scheduled well in advance of the proposed enrollment date.
  10. All application materials should be mailed to the following address: Associate Dean of Graduate Education, Georgetown College, 400 E. College Street, Georgetown, KY 40324-1696.

Master of Arts in Special Education (LBD) Alternative Certification

The following requirements apply to those wishing to seek initial and/or additional certification through the Master of Arts in Special Education (LBD) Alternative Certification program.

NOTE: Students enrolled in alternative route programs should consult with their respective program director regarding all certification matters.

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Request that two official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework (if any) be sent to the Associate Dean of Graduate Education, Georgetown College, 400 E. College Street, Georgetown, KY 40324. Degree must be posted on the transcript(s). If candidate currently holds a Kentucky certificate, only one official transcript is required.
  3. Show evidence of professional dispositions by submitting two signed Program Entry Evaluations from (1) a principal, a professor, or former supervisor, and (2) an educator or individual who is familiar with your rap-port with children/youth.
  4. Read, sign and return the Kentucky School Personnel Code of Ethics and confidentiality form (FERPA) found in the MA-LBD application packet.
  5. A writing sample: Compose a letter to the Associate Dean of Graduate Education answering the following questions:
    • Based on your experiences (while you were in school and/or more recently) what do you believe is the job of a teacher?
    • What experiences have you had working either with K-12 schools or students with disabilities?
    • How have those experiences led you to the decision to become a special educator?
  6. All application materials should be mailed to the following address: Associate Dean of Graduate Education, Georgetown College, 400 E. College Street, Georgetown, KY 40324-1696.

RANK I – Planned Sixth Year

  1. Complete an application for admission. There is no fee required.
  2. Request that official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework (including the Master’s degree) be sent to the Associate Dean of Graduate Education, Georgetown College, 400 E. College Street, Georgetown, KY 40324. The Master’s degree must be from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. Submit one photocopy of your Kentucky Teaching Certificate or Statement of Eligibility.
  3. Submit evidence of knowledge of content in your area of specialization. For those who hold a valid and current Kentucky teaching certificate that required a passing score on PRAXIS, no additional evidence is required. For those from states where PRAXIS is not required, submit some form of evidence that you have acquired knowledge of content in your specialty area(s), e.g., other standardized test scores or scores from senior exit examinations.
  4. Submit a copy of the teaching certificate currently held.
  5. Submit two Program Entry Recommendation/Evaluations: one from your school principal and one from a peer teacher (form is available online.)
  6. Read, sign and return the Kentucky School Personnel Code of Ethics and the confidentiality form (FERPA) included in the application packet.
  7. All correspondence should be mailed to the Associate Dean of Graduate Education, Georgetown College, 400 E. College St., Georgetown, KY 40324-1696.
  8. All documents for admission must be in the Graduate Office by the application deadline of the semester or term the student wishes to enroll. Admission deadlines are posted on the department website and are updated regularly.

To assure proper processing for admission, please send in all materials in a single packet (transcripts may need to be sent in separately).

Application documents will be maintained by the graduate office for a period of one calendar year.

Planned Sixth Year Program – Moderate to Severe Disabilities (RANK I)

  1. Complete an application for admission.
  2. Request that official transcripts of all undergraduate and graduate coursework (including the Master’s degree) be sent to the Associate Dean for Graduate Education, Georgetown College, 400 E. College Street, Georgetown, KY 40324. The Master’s degree must be from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  3. Submit a copy of the teaching certificate currently held.
  4. Show evidence of professional dispositions by submitting two signed Program Entry Evaluations from (1) a principal or former supervisor, and (2) a peer teacher.
  5. Read, sign and return the Kentucky School Personnel Code of Ethics and confidentiality form (FERPA) found in the MSD application packet.
  6. Evidence of an LBD or other teaching certificate
  7. All application materials should be mailed to the following address: Associate Dean of Graduate Education, Georgetown College, 400 E. College Street, Georgetown, KY 40324-1696.

Autism Spectrum Disorder Cognate (ASD)

The purpose of this Autism Spectrum Disorders Cognate is to provide educators and others who work with ASD students with the knowledge and expertise needed to identify individual student needs, match needs with evidence-based instructional strategies and supports, and promote effective learning outcomes. The requirements for this cognate of courses are based upon the NCATE standards for Special Education Teachers of Individuals with Exceptional Learning Needs with Developmental Disabilities/Autism. There is presently no teaching certification for ASD set by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board; however, the certificate issued by Georgetown College at the conclusion of the program will provide evidence of knowledge and skills in teaching and working with students who have ASD.

This cognate is comprised of twelve hours of coursework. The courses include: ECE 508-Introduction to Autism Spectrum Disorder, ECE 510-Evidence Based Practices for ASD (with required lab class, ECE 511), ECE 512-Analyzing Behavior for Students with ASD, and ECE 514-ASD Advanced Practicum.Application for this cognate includes the special student application. Additionally, the applicant must submit one program entry evaluation on candidate dispositions, one program entry evaluation completed by an educator, the FERPA confidentiality form, and a transcript of undergraduate degree program.

English as a Second Language Cognate

Many teachers earning their Teacher Leadership Master of Arts, additional credit hours for professional development, or certificate reinstatement are not interested in earning an ESL Endorsement. Instead, they are seeking skills for their everyday classroom needs. The ESL Cognate will provide the opportunity to acquire these new skills within a prescribed program of study in the area of ESL. The ESL Cognate courses will count towards the content specialty area of the Teacher Leader Master of Arts. This cognate program will not lead to a state-issued ESL teaching certificate.

Visiting Students

An applicant who is enrolled in a graduate program at another institution may enroll for courses as a Visiting Student. The prospective visiting student should submit:

  1. A visiting student graduate application form
  2. A signed Professional Code of Ethics and FERPA form
  3. Written permission letter from your current program advisor to register including the specific course(s) for which you are approved. This may be sent in the form of an email sent to the Graduate Education office at: grad@georgetowncollege.edu.

Visiting students will be allowed to take only the class(es) indicated on the permission letter from their program advisor. At the completion of the course, the student will be provided a letter of completion.

Special Students

A student who desires to continue his or her education but does not intend to become a candidate for the Master’s degree may enroll as a special student. Students desiring to take graduate courses for one or more of the reasons listed below are classified as special students in the following categories:

  • Category 1 (SP1): Students taking additional courses for professional development or to renew an expired teaching certificate
  • Category 2 (SP2): Students beginning MA work while awaiting receipt of a certificate
  • Category 3 (SP3): Students earning an endorsement separate from a degree
  • Category 4 (SP4): Students beginning the Teacher Leader MA-Reading Specialist program before satisfying the one-year teaching requirement
  • Category 5 (SP5): Student seeking to earn a certificate or participate in a cognate program designed by Georgetown College

For the special student category, the entrance requirements are:

  1. Completed application form.
  2. One official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate work completed. Degree must be posted on the official transcript. Transcript(s) should be sent directly from the college or university’s Registrar’s Office to the Associate Dean of Graduate Education, Georgetown College, 400 E. College Street, Georgetown, KY 40324.
  3. Photocopy of a valid Kentucky Provisional or standard teaching certificate or Statement of Eligibility from the Kentucky EPSB
  4. Signed Professional Code of Ethics and FERPA forms
  5. Program Entry Recommendation/Evaluation completed and sent by your principal. If not currently employed, this should be completed by an educator who is familiar with your ability to work with students.
  6. If seeking endorsement, all other criteria for admission to the endorsement sought must be met. See Graduate Education website for more information concerning endorsements.

Students in Category 5 only take the courses required in the selected cognate as noted on the curriculum contract. Special students are assigned an advisor and will complete and sign a curriculum contract upon admission.

Undergraduate Students

Applicants who are in their last semester before graduation may be permitted to enroll as a special student provided the academic schedule does not exceed 9 semester hours. Only students who demonstrate outstanding scholastic ability and who satisfy the standards for admission will be considered. Professional requirements, including student teaching, must have been completed.

International Students

International students who meet specific program requirements and for whom Georgetown College has appropriate programs at the graduate level are invited to make application to the Graduate Education program. Such applications must be supported by satisfactory evidence of qualifications to pursue a full course of study at this institution. Applications for admission of international students are not considered complete without official transcripts showing grades and degree(s) awarded, official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores, scores on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical portions of the  Graduate Record Examination (GRE), and Declaration and Certification of Finances.

Georgetown’s minimum acceptable score on the TOEFL is 520 (equivalent to 190 on the computerized TOEFL or 68 on the internet-based TOEFL). International students are required to complete their admission procedures at least 30 days prior to the term in which they expect to enter. Appropriate 1-20 or DSP-66 forms will be issued after all official credentials have been received and the complete application has been reviewed and approved by the Associate Dean of Graduate Education. The U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service requires certification that all standards for admission have been met before the 1-20 form is issued.

English Language Leaners (ELL)

Students who have acquired English as Second Language are required to meet all of the admission requirements for entrance into the Graduate Education program. In addition, they must submit official Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores demonstrating proficiency in English.



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