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Centre students have the opportunity to pursue a Master’s program to obtain teaching certification at one of our partner institutions.

Centre has developed partnerships/pathway opportunities with both the Peabody College of Vanderbilt University and with the University of Louisville that will enable qualified students to enroll in a master’s degree program with initial certification in either elementary or secondary education. Students who are interested in either of the partnerships should seek advice from Education Program Faculty and attend informational sessions provided by the partner institution.

Program Descriptions:

Teacher Licensure at University of Louisville

Through this partnership, students can earn a Bachelor’s degree from Centre College and a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) through the College of Education and Human Development (CEHD) at the University of Louisville.

Program Overview:

Centre College graduates will apply for admission to the MAT program for Summer or Fall. Application deadlines are March 1st for Summer or June 1st for Fall admission. Centre College graduates who have completed the appropriate prerequisites and who are selected for admission, will complete the MAT in one year (three semesters) for a total of 30-34 graduate credit hours. Centre College graduates may choose to apply for Spring admission (October 1st application deadline), but the program will require one and one/half years to complete (four semesters).

Students who earn a Bachelor’s degree from Centre College can apply to the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at the University of Louisville to pursue a variety of certifications:

Early Elementary Education (grades P-5) and
Middle Grades Education (grades 5-9)

• English
• Mathematics
• Science
• Social Studies

Secondary and P-12 Education (grades 8-12)

• Biology
• Chemistry
• English
• French (grades P-12)
• Mathematics
• Physics
• Social Studies
• Spanish (grades P-12)

Course Substitutions:

Centre College students may choose to enroll in Centre College courses that have been selected and approved by the University of Louisville CEHD as being equivalent to CEHD course work. The courses taken at Centre that substitute for CEHD courses will count toward licensure requirements but will not reduce the 30 credit hour minimum of graduate course work required of all graduate programs. Students who successfully complete the courses below and who are admitted to the MAT program will be able to apply these courses toward Kentucky licensure requirements.

• EDU 227, Practicum & Introduction to Education (for EDTP 602)

• EDU 228, Educational Psychology (for ECPY 607)

• EDU 333, Instructional Design for Literacy and Learning (for Early Elementary EDTP 501) OR

• EDU 335, Secondary Education Planning, Evaluation, and Classroom Management (for Middle/Secondary EDTP 501)


Teacher Licensure at Peabody College of Vanderbilt University

Typically, Centre College graduates will enroll in Peabody College the summer immediately following their graduation from Centre. For those seeking special education endorsement, the M. Ed. program would then generally encompass that summer, the following fall and spring, and the following summer, so that students are available to begin work as teachers, with a master’s degree, in just over one calendar year after completing their undergraduate degrees.

Students seeking a master’s degree with an elementary education endorsement may enter in either the summer or fall, with coursework continuing in the spring, summer and concluding with student teaching in the fall.

Students seeking a master’s degree with a secondary education endorsement may enter in the fall or summer: students who enter in the summer typically pursue coursework in the summer and fall, student teach in the spring, and then complete any remaining course requirements the following summer.

Students entering in the fall spread degree work over two academic years, with student teaching in the spring of the second year.

While Centre students are not guaranteed admission into the graduate program at Peabody College, this formal partnership will help facilitate efficient and effective preparation of future teachers at this excellent institution of higher education.

The approved Centre courses and the corresponding Peabody courses are:

• Centre College EDU 227 Introduction to Education (3 hours) Peabody College EDUC 3500 Foundations of Education (3 hours)
• Centre College EDU 228 Educational Psychology (3 hours) Peabody College EDUC 3110 (PSY 334P) Psychological Foundations of Education (3 hours)
• Centre College EDU 330 Diversity and Inclusion in the Classroom (3 hours) Peabody College SPED 3000 Introduction to Exceptionalities (3 hours)

Requirements for certification are subject to change according to the guidelines and regulations published by the governing body (in Kentucky, the Education Professional Standards Board) in the state where a student wishes to teach. Students are advised to consult with the education faculty to help plan schedules and to review requirements for certification through partner institutions in a master’s program or preparations for another educational setting.