MAT degrees are available in the following areas:
The Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education prepares caring, effective educators in the Catholic liberal
arts tradition of Bellarmine University to teach and lead in diverse settings. The Master of Arts in Teaching
programs offer a best practice, research-based curriculum with a foundation in the liberal arts. Candidates demonstrate
proficient to distinguished performance through the following criteria: individual course assessments,
field and clinical evaluations, disposition assessments, benchmark assessments, and standardized exams.
"Educator as Reflective Learner"
Bellarmine Teacher Education, with its theme “Educator as Reflective Learner,” places high priority on the
development of inquiry about education and the contexts in which learning occurs. Reflective teachers use
the world of practice, knowledge of pedagogy, knowledge of the learner, and knowledge of content to personally
evaluate their effectiveness. This on-going process provides teachers with a basis for self-evaluation in
terms of how well the acquired knowledge base relates to their current practice.
As a vital component of the university, the School of Education is responsible for the preparation of educators
with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary for becoming effective contributors to the academic
profession and society in the complex and diverse world of the 21st century. By weaving together four knowledge
bases developed in the teacher education programs (collaboration, field experiences, dispositions and
pedagogy) with the reflection required of our programs, we seek to prepare caring, effective educators in this
initial certification program.
All Bellarmine University Annsley Frazier Thornton School of Education teacher education programs at the
advanced level recognized by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board are fully accredited by
the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), 2010 Massachusetts Avenue, NW,
Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036.