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Curriculum & Instruction

The Master of Education M.Ed. program in Curriculum and Instruction is open to individuals who have completed a bachelor's degree but who have not completed a teacher preparation program and wish to earn a teaching license. The M.Ed. program with initial licensure provides professionals with the specialized knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed to meet the educational needs of students attending today's schools.

The program standards are aligned with the Tennessee Teacher Licensure Standards: for Professional Education.

The program focuses on curriculum and instruction. The M.Ed. requires 36 credits of student teaching. The program of study includes 30 hours of core courses with six hours of courses required in either elementary or secondary education. Six of the 36 hours will be completed through an action research project.

Classes meet one night a week for 12 months.  The Summer semester is offered entirely online. Students may start any semester - Spring, Summer, or Fall.  Contact your Enrollment Counselor for schedule details.


Program Goals

  • Provide students with an opportunity to enhance ongoing personal and professional growth through reflection guided by Christian principles.
  • Prepare educators capable of critically reflective instructional leadership.
  • Create a learning environment which promotes optimum delivery of education services.
  • Challenge students to use research tools which enable them to investigate questions about teaching, learning, and school reform and use that knowledge to improve instructional practices.
  • Engage students in leadership endeavors related to the expansion of equitable educational opportunities, school reform initiatives, and professional development.
  • Encourage students to commit to the growth of education as a profession and to embrace responsibilities incumbent upon the professional person in society.
  • Satisfactorily complete all required coursework while maintaining a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Present an exit presentation of the student's action research project.

Student Outcomes

  • Synthesize theory, research, and values within a conceptual framework.
  • Expand critical thinking skills and diagnostic skills to make informed decisions.
  • Interpret professional literature and apply best practices in multiple and complex situations in the classroom.
  • Connect knowledge and understandings developed in coursework to actual classroom settings.
  • Practice advanced teaching reflectively, guided by theory and expanded knowledge.
  • Apply learning theory to design, implementation, and evaluation of learning processes.
  • Differentiate instruction to meet the learning styles and needs of all students.
  • Develop, conduct, and interpret research projects, which directly affects student learning.
  • Make decisions based on ethical, professional, and Christian standards.
  • Understand the implications of local, state, and national policies on education.
  • Use outcome criteria to improve the quality of teaching.