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King University News :: King University Department of Teacher Education Receives Review by Tennessee Board of Examiners and Office of Teacher Licensure; Found Compliant

The Tennessee Board of Examiners and Office of Teacher Licensure reviewed the King School of Education’s Teacher Education programs on March 2-6, 2013.   All programs reviewed, both undergraduate and graduate, were found to be compliant and met all licensure standards.  

Dr. Cara Anderson, dean of King’s School of Education stated, “The review takes place once every seven years, looking at both continuing and new programs.  This year, the new programs which were reviewed included the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, Music Education K-12, Instrumental and Vocal, and Physical Education, licensure and non-licensure.”  The State of Tennessee utilizes the standards of excellence set forth by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) to assess all education programs.

Over the past six years, King’s education department has seen a tremendous growth from 25 students to now more than 200 students training to become education professionals. 

“Our students benefit when our programs are assessed and deemed compliant,” said Anderson.  “Our community benefits because our teacher candidates seek and take teaching positions.  King’s teacher education graduates have a strong reputation in the region and beyond and are increasingly sought after by public school administrators seeking to fill positions with the most qualified candidates.”

Within six months of graduation, 91% of King’s Education graduates from May 2012 were employed in the field of teaching.  Three years ago the percentage was 83%, and, two years ago it was 87%.  Anderson commented, “We are delighted with these numbers and hope to see the upward trend continue. 

Currently, students in the School of Education have bachelor’s degree options in Interdisciplinary Studies with elementary education (K-6) licensure; Interdisciplinary Studies with middle grades (4-8) licensure; Music Education (K-12), both instrumental and vocal; Athletic Training Education; Physical Education with and without licensure; and Secondary Education licensure for Biology, Chemistry, English, French, History, History/Government, Math, Physics, and Spanish.  Students also have the opportunity to study for their Master of Education (MEd) degree. 

For more information about King’s School of Education, contact the Office of Admissions at 800.362.0014,, or visit  


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