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, Mathematics, Science and Social Studies Education.
The Master’s with Initial Certification program at UK is unique in that students begin teaching from Day 1. This “clinically-based” learning environment helps students quickly acclimate to the day-to-day life of a classroom teacher with actual, hands-on experience. We believe the ideal learning environment combines theory with practice, and therefore the program is structured to maximize that synthesis.
Upon graduation, students advance to Rank II status, which results in a pay increase for Kentucky teachers.
What is the MIC?
Through the MIC program, students earn both a master’s degree and secondary teaching certification–all within one calendar year. Certification is available in English, math, science, and social studies. This 31-hour, full-time program includes a number of required courses designed to immerse students in the educational methodologies needed to become a teacher at the secondary level. Students also complete a fall practicum experience and a spring student teaching experience.
For more information, see our Program Rationale.
Who is Eligible?
Because the MIC program is a graduate-level program, students must have completed a bachelor’s degree in order to enroll. Each of the certification areas have specific degree and coursework requirements. Check the program pages for more details:
Applicants must also have a 2.75 GPA and minimum GRE/PRAXIS scores.
How do I Apply?
Students must apply to both the Graduate School and the MIC program; however, this can be accomplished with one application. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis from August through May.
The application packet includes GRE/PRAXIS scores, three letters of recommendation, a writing sample, and a personal statement.
Please visit the Apply Now page for more details.
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