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Master of Arts in Education (MAEd)

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


The Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education prepares caring effective educators in the Catholic liberal arts tradition of Bellarmine University to teach and lead in diverse settings. The Master of Arts in Education programs offer a best practice, research-based curriculum with a foundation in the liberal arts. Candidates demonstrate proficient to distinguished performance through the following criteria: individual course assessments, field and clinical evaluations, disposition assessments, anchor assessments, and standardized exams.

“Educator as Reflective Learner”

As our theme “Educator as Reflective Learner” suggests, our candidates are integrally involved in on going 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, Disposition Assessments at specified transition points, and a final culminating project within the candidate’s emphasis, endorsement or certification area. Each candidate will work closely with his/her faculty advisor to review regular progress toward the degree.

NCATE Accreditation

All Bellarmine University Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education teacher education programs at the advanced level recognized by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board are fully accred- ited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 2010 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036.

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Degree Requirements

  • A program of study that includes a minimum of 30 hours of course work with a minimum of 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average throughout the program.
  • Thesuccessfulcompletionofaprogramofstudyincluding core courses, emphasis courses, and a final culminating project.
  • A minimum of 24-30 hours of graduate credit earned in residence at Bellarmine. All credit hours must have fac- ulty advisor approval.
  • Completion of all degree work within six years of the applicant’s first registration in his/her program.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition cost for the MAED programs will be $360 per credit hour plus $45 per course fees. Cohort registration will be no less than six credit hours per semester. The program may be completed in four (Teacher Leader) or five (Literacy Specialist) semesters attending two evenings per week OR one evening and Saturday ses- sions dependent upon course scheduling.

Funding Assistance

Students are encouraged to complete the Free Applica- tion for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by visiting www. The Bellarmine School code is 001954. By completing the FAFSA, you may be eligible for student loans. Students interested in a Learning & Behavior Disorders certification should contact the Bellarmine University School of Education (once admitted at 502.272.8076) for information on funding available through the WHAS Crusade for Children Grant.

Contact Information

Office of Graduate Admission
502.272.7200, 1.800.274.4723 x7200 or

Office of Financial Aid
502.272.7300 or

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