Online Education Endorsements and Specialist Programs

Education Endorsements and Specialist Programs

ESL Certificate Endorsement for Kentucky Teachers

Murray State University TESOL program is pleased to announce web-based course offerings for Kentucky teachers wishing to earn an ESL certificate endorsement. Education professionals who hold Kentucky teaching certification may seek an ESL certificate endorsement through courses offered by the Murray State University MA in TESOL program. 

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Dr. Latricia Trites

Instructional Computer Technology Certificate Endorsement for Kentucky Teachers

The Instructional Computer Technology Endorsement (P-12) prepares P-12 certified teachers to infuse technology into their own teaching and to assume positions of leadership in the instructional computer technology use in their schools and districts. Program participants learn how to develop more effective instruction with appropriately infused technology so that all students can learn at higher levels. They develop the skills and dispositions of reflective decision-makers through an endorsement program that prepares them to assess and identify instructional computer technology opportunities in their teaching, to develop technology-infused instruction, and to reflect on and refine the impact of their instruction. Courses can be taken specifically for the endorsement or for the specialization portion of a masters or rank program.


Dr. Lynn Patterson

Education Specialist Programs

Agriculture Education

The School of Agriculture offers a master of science degree. The purpose of this degree is to provide an opportunity for professional agricultural personnel to obtain an education at the graduate level or to prepare for terminal degree work at the doctoral level. Faculty advisors assist students in planning an appropriate course of study to meet their individual goals and to assure a balanced program.

The master of science degree in agriculture provides concentration in agricultural education.


Dr. Kristie Guffey

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Education Administration*

Education Administration offers a Master of Arts and an Education Specialist degree in Educational Administration, as well as several Kentucky administrative endorsements.  The programs are designed for certified teachers who are interested in leading schools and districts in the state of Kentucky.  The College of Education at Murray State University is NCATE accredited and therefore the degree programs meets the certification requirements in most other states.

Information for New Students

PK-12 Principal and Career Technical Education Principal Certificate

Our new program, the Regional Partnership for Principal Preparation is a 30-hour, cohort-based program that culminates in a second master’s degree and Level 1 School Principal certification. Admission requirements include: (1) a master’s degree, (2) three years of teaching experience, (3) successful completion of an application and interview during the recruitment period, and (4) a letter of support and MOA from your school district.

Supervisor of Instruction, Director of Special Education, and Director of Pupil Personnel

Our central office endorsements are built upon the school principal endorsement. Admission to these endorsement programs requires that you have either a Masters in School Administration or already hold an endorsement in one administrative area and will simply be adding another. For new students, this means that you will need to start in one of the cohorts and complete the Master’s degree prior to entering into these endorsements.  Courses for these endorsements are offered as ‘stand-alone’ and not through a cohort.

School Superintendent

The School Superintendent program is largely unchanged, as experience as an administrator has always been required for this endorsement.

Option 6 of the Alternative Routes for Administrator Certification

Since 2001, Murray State University has offered a means by which school districts can broaden an applicant pool with the inclusion of persons not yet certified.  These candidates would then have 2 years to complete all requirements. Effective July 1, 2011 Alternative Certification candidates must be part of a Cohort for initial certification.  There are other provisions for the Executive Program and endorsement extension.


Dr. Richard Dodson

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Teacher Education and Professional Development*

The Ed.S. program is designed to fulfill course requirements for Rank I classification. Admission to the program requires a Masters Degree and a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The program must be PREPLANNED* with a specialist committee which consists of three faculty members and includes 30 semester hours of graduate level course work. A minimum of 15 hours must be completed in professional education and a minimum of 15 hours of courses completed at the 600 level, and at least 18 hours of credit must be taken at Murray State. Courses for specialization may be selected to enhance current certification or to work toward new certification or to address professional needs and interests. Applicants must hold a Rank II Certificate or its equivalent.


Dr. Lynn Patterson

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* These programs are taught synchronously via Zoom, but are available to distance students.

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