Are classes available to complete the master's degree entirely online?
Yes! You can complete the entire program 100% online, but you also have the option of taking courses in person if you are local to Louisville.
May I transfer credits from another institution or program into my master's program?
Once you are admitted to the program, you may request to transfer up to 6 credit hours if your UofL advisor approves the request. Transfer requests are then submitted to the School of Interdisciplinary and Graduate Studies.
How long does it take to complete this program?
The (Teaching and Learning) program can be completed in as few as two years or as many as six.
What should I write about in my Personal Statement?
The personal statement is the applicant's opportunity to demonstrate their writing ability as well as provide a personal introduction to the admissions screening committee. The personal statement should be no more than 500 words, and should be double spaced and word-processed. Applicants are encouraged to proofread their writing and to submit the best work possible. The attached rubric (Ideas to Action Holistic Construct Rubric [PDF]) is provided to help applicants understand how their writing will be evaluated. In developing the personal statement, applicants are encouraged to identify and describe personal characteristics, abilities, beliefs and goals as well as diverse experiences with children and adolescents, which will contribute to their success as an outstanding educator. Applicants should also review the College of Education and Human Development’s Conceptual Framework, reflecting on the concepts of inquiry, action, and advocacy. Applicants should consider the following questions:
- How do you demonstrate intellectual curiosity?
- How do you develop positive relationships and work collaboratively with peers, teachers, and others?
- How do you demonstrate the interpersonal skills necessary to do the daily work of teaching?
- What would demonstrate your commitment to diversity, equity and social justice? (give examples of how you exhibit this commitment)
- What are the characteristics critical to successful teaching, such as dependability, initiative, organization? (give examples of how you exhibit those traits)
What degrees or endorsements do I receive if I complete the Master of Education (Teaching and Learning) Program at UofL?
Successful candidates will graduate with a Master of Education (M.Ed.) (Teaching and Learning), including Classroom Reading, English as a Second Language, or Instructional Technology and receive a Teacher Leadership Endorsement (with possibility of other endorsements within the Specialization, including Classroom Reading, English as a Second Language, or Instructional Technology). If you already have a master’s degree and seek only the Teacher Leadership Endorsement, you will complete Levels I and III of the master’s program.
Will the Master of Education (Teaching and Learning) Endorsement help me prepare for National Board Certification?
Most courses in the Master of Education (Teaching and Learning) program are designed to align with at least one of the NBPTS Core Propositions, as well as the Kentucky Teacher Standards (Advanced Level), Kentucky Education Reform Act (KERA) initiatives, and Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) themes. Each course in the program includes a description of its relationship to NBPTS Core Propositions. The UofL master's degree (Teaching and Learning) is designed so that candidates practice types of entries required in the National Board Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) portfolio. The NBPTS portfolio is a Rank I option in Kentucky.
Will this program lead to principal certification?
- No, but the University of Louisville does offer a school principal certification program.
Do I earn the same degree that on-campus students earn? Does the diploma say “online”?
- Your degree—just like the quality of your courses—will be identical to those received by on campus students. It will not contain the method of course delivery (i.e. “online”).
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