Business Education


335 Dickey Hall
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0017
(859) 257-4661
(859) 257-1602 fax


Master's with Initial Certification
5-12 Business/Marketing Education



The teacher certification program in business/marketing education for high schools requires a bachelor's degree with a 2.5 GPA in any major in business or related field with a business minor.  Professional work experience also contributes to an applicant's qualifications.  The GRE exam is required. 

The schedule of courses is:


(beginning or end)

EDC 616:

The Middle School (3)


EDU 645:
Foundations of Pedagogical Theory and Practice in the Secondary School (9)

EDC 633: Business/Marketing Pedagogy (3)

Business Elective (3)


EDU 745:
Interdisciplinary Instruction in the Secondary School (3)

EDC 746: Business/Mkt Student Teaching (9)

Business Elective (3)

Applicants should have experience with adolescents and young adults.  Discuss the program with Doug Smith, 315 Dickey Hall,, or 859 257-1824.

The Faculty

DOUGLAS C. SMITH, Ph.D., Arizona State University

Dr. Douglas C. Smith joined the faculty in 1987. His primary assignment is in our Instructional Systems Design program where he teaches instructional computing and electronic authoring. His research interests include the roles of education technologists, gender equity, and computer based instruction. Dr. Smith also coordinates the business content core for the master's with initial certification program.



ELINOR BROWN, Ph.D., University of Akron

Dr. Elinor Brown holds an M.B.A. from Cleveland State University, M.A. in multicultural education and M.S. in secondary education from the University of Akron, and a B.B.A. from Cleveland State University. She has taught undergraduate and graduate level courses in teacher education, cultural diversity, and professional development at Cleveland State University, John Carroll University, and the University of Akron. Her research and academic interest include cultural diversity pedagogy, teacher preparation, school/university/community collaboration.



The following prerequisites are needed for general admission into the MIC program.

  • An undergraduate degree in business or related field with a business minor. Although each teaching specialty has its own unique requirements, students typically have 48 to 66 credit hours in their academic teaching specialties.
  • Qualification for admission to a UK College of Education teacher certification program requires letters of recommendation, an interview by the appropriate program faculty, GPAs of at least 2.5 overall, in major, minor, and support areas, demonstrated basic skills (GRE, PRAXIS I, SAT or ACTE), and a statement of moral/ethical background.  MIC applications are available from the teaching specialty academic advisors.
  • Admission to the Graduate School, which requires a minimum of 2.75 undergraduate GPA, 3.0 GPA in any graduate work, and standardized test scores.  Graduate School and departmental applications are available.
  • 100 hours of documented experience with 14-18 year old adolescents as well as commmunity and cross-cultural experience.
  • Students should apply to the program by February 1 to study the following academic year, but should talk to an advisor earlier.


For additional information contact:

Dr. Mary Shake
Director of Graduate Studies
Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction
345 Dickey Hall
University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY 40506-0017
telephone: 859-257-5676