Admission Eligibility to Graduate Studies, Initial Licensure Program

EKU Grad School Requirements:

A bachelor’s or master’s degree with a cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale OR a grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale on the last sixty (60) hours of credit completed, including undergraduate and graduate coursework.

Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB) Requirements for Probationary Admittance Pending GRE Scores:

A grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the last thirty (30) hours of credit completed, including undergraduate and graduate coursework (per EPSB regulation 16 KAR 5:020) for admission to any teacher licensure program in Kentucky. 

Please submit unofficial copies of all prior transcripts to James Dantic ( for analysis before proceeding with your application.  The analysis will help determine for which concentrations you are eligible and the appropriate admission exams required for your application. This also provides time for Q & A prior to the formal submission of an application.

Checklist for Admission to Graduate Studies, Initial Licensure Program

1. Graduate School Application – Submit the online application form accessed from http://admissions.eku.eduand
     pay the application fee to open an application file. 

2.Admission Testing Requirements - Make sure to designate EKU (Code 1200) and EPSB [Code R7283(A)] as
    official score report recipients when registering for any exam.

a.        Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators (CASE) exam series - May only be selected if your cumulative undergraduate GPA is 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or 3.25 in the last 60 hours.  

Pass score requirement:  Reading (156); Writing (162); and Mathematics (150)


Graduate Record Examination

Pass score requirement:   Verbal Reasoning (150); Quantitative Reasoning (143); and Analytical Writing (4.0)

b.       Praxis II Content Exam in the desired certification area is required.  Middle grades majors must pass one of two required Praxis II exams for admission.  IECE, Elementary, and Music majors do not require this exam for admission.

3. Official Transcripts– Have other institutions you have attended for all undergraduate and graduate degree
     coursework   send official transcripts to EKU Admissions. 

4. Recommendations – Three letters of reference are required.

5. Professional resume – Submit a professional resume listing degrees and prior work experiences.

6. Autobiography – Submit an autobiography documenting relevant life, work, and educational experiences.

7. Written Essays – Demonstrate competencies in communication, creativity, critical thinking, and collaboration in
     two (2) writing assignments given by the School. 

a.        Essay 1 –In an essay of approximately 3-4 pages, describe a situation (professional, educational or other) in which you exhibited the following qualities successfully: (1) critical thinking, (2) creativity, (3) communication, and/or (4) collaboration.

b.       Essay 2– In an essay of approximately 3-4 pages, describe how you will practice critical thinking, creativity, positive communication and collaboration in your future teaching career.

8. Professional Code of Ethics and Character Fitness Declaration– Complete, sign and date a Personal and
     Professional Fitness Declaration
form.  This process includes a review of the Professional Code of Ethics for
     Kentucky School Personnel established in 16 KAR 1:020.  The form is available at

9. Criminal Background Check– The EKU College of Education requires a state criminal history background check
     approved by the College as a condition of admission.  Under certain circumstances, a national criminal history
     background check may be required as a condition of admission.  The COE collaborates with Verified Credentials,
     Inc. for this screening process.  The fee is $40 payable at the time you order the screen.  To access QualifiedFrist
     go to The code is MMBHR-62472.  More detailed instructions are
     available at

10. Candidate Statement of Commitment regarding Dispositions– You must complete and sign a Candidate
       Statement of Commitment regarding Dispositions form available at

11. Admission Interview – Potential candidates must successfully complete an interview with the MAT Admissions
       Panel prior to admission.  This appointment also serves as an initial advising appointment to discuss a planned
       program of study.  Appointments are available on campus or via digital conferencing (e.g., Skype,

The MAT program accepts applications year-round for coursework starting annually in August, October, January, March, and May.  Admission dates are dependent upon successful receipt of the above listed requirements.

For further questions regarding admissions and programs contact:

James Dantic
Coordinator of MAT Programs

To check the status of admissions paperwork or for licensure questions contact:

Ms. Kim Alexander
COE Alter. Cert. Specialist