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The Master of Arts in Secondary Education with Initial Certification (MIC) at the University of Kentucky is an intensive one calendar-year program of 31 credit hours which leads to both a master’s degree and initial teacher certification in Kentucky.

The MIC may be pursued in one of four subject areas: English and Social Studies Education.

Demands of the MIC Program

How time-consuming is the program?

In the fall, students are enrolled in 11-13 hours of coursework. These courses typically meet on Mondays and Fridays. Students also participate in a fall practicum experience, for which students typically spend Tuesdays-Thursdays in the field. In the spring, students complete their student teaching, which requires students to be in the field Mondays-Fridays. Students are also enrolled in 11 hours of coursework. These courses typically meet on Thrusday evenings. The program is very intensive; other employment is not recommended.

Financial Assistance

Applicants are encouraged to apply for scholarships available through the College of Education. Please note that the deadline for incoming graduate students to apply for scholarships is February 15th. Applicants should contact the University’s Financial Aid Office for information about additional funding opportunities.

Applying to the MIC Program

The MIC Program has a rolling admissions process. Students are welcome to submit applicants from August through May. Students will be notified of a decision as soon as possible after submitting a completed application.


  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution of higher education with a minimum GPA of 2.75 in an approved major in a subject area covered by the MIC and an overerall GPA of 2.75.
  • Admission to the UK Graduate School, which requires a minimum of 2.75 undergraduate GPA, 3.0 GPA in any graduate work, and standardized test scores.
  • Demonstration of adequate skills in written and oral communication.
  • Demonstration of complex skills, understandings, and dispositions through the medium of faculty interviews, admission portfolio materials, and written or oral tasks at the time of the admission interview.
  • Minimum GRE scores of 150 (verbal), 143 (quantitative), and 4.0 (analytical). Applicants can substitute GRE scores that do not meet the minimum with PRAXIS Core Academic Skills Test scores.

How to Apply

For more information concerning applications, please visit our How to Apply page.

  • Complete the joint Graduate School/MIC application online.
  • Meet with appropriate subject area academic advisor to review undergraduate subject matter preparation.
  • Pay application fees – one for the Graduate School and one for the MIC.
  • Complete a formal interview with the appropriate program faculty committee, including the completion of required written and oral communication tasks.
  • Complete an assessment of skills and abilities in technology.

Note: Descriptions of specific entrance standards and requirements for each subject area can be found in the undergraduate bulletin.


We are pleased to welcome veterans and would like to mention the additional financial aid opportunities offered through the Veterans Resource Center.