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King University News :: New Opportunities for Knoxville-area Residents to Obtain Teacher Licensure

BRISTOL, Tenn., March 21, 2014 – Knoxville-area residents will have several new opportunities to obtain their license to teach. King University has added three new programs to its Hardin Valley campus offerings including Elementary K-6 Licensure, Secondary 7-12 Licensure, and Master of Education with Licensure. The three new programs will start Aug. 2014 at Hardin Valley.

“We are excited about the new program offerings at Hardin Valley,” said Dr. Cara Anderson, dean of King’s School of Education. “We are as confident in their quality as the courses we offer through King’s Bristol campus. Part of that is because we are closely following the licensure standards; it is also because we have infused King’s educational philosophy into the courses we teach. We will convey that same [philosophy] through the courses we will teach in Knoxville. King’s Hardin Valley campus is an environment that mirrors what we value on the Bristol campus.”

The K-6 Licensure program is also called a two-plus-two program. Students who enter the program will have completed an associate degree in the science of teaching before transferring into King’s education program. King has designed a lock-step two-year face-to-face program to enable students to complete both their content and pedagogy courses.

Students in the K-6 Licensure program will also complete several courses in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to provide a reasonable foundation to work with children whose first language is not English.

Before completion of the K-6 program, students will student teach in two grade levels (K-3 and 4-6).

“We feel it is important to provide hands-on teaching practice with two different grade levels,” said Anderson. “The student teaching experience often provides a better understanding of what to expect and many times helps the students to determine what age group they would enjoy teaching the most.”

King’s second new educational licensure program available at Hardin Valley beginning in August is Secondary 7-12 Licensure. There are two types of students eligible for this program. First are those who already have a bachelor’s degree in a content area such as math, biology, or English, and have decided they now want to obtain teaching licensure. They can complete the program in four semesters with student teaching in the fourth semester. Second are those who are simultaneously completing a degree program. For instance, students may be working towards completing their English or History degree online while completing the Secondary Licensure program at the same time. Student teaching would be arranged once both the degree and licensure programs are complete.

King’s Master of Education (MEd) in Curriculum Instruction is designed for people who are seeking licensure in grades K-12 in one of 12 Tennessee-approved licensure programs including K-6 licensure, Middle Grades (4-8) licensure, Biology, Chemistry, English, French, Geography/History, Government/History, History, Mathematics, Physics, or Spanish. The blended MEd program is designed with both online and face-to-face learning components.

The MEd program is also well situated for those who are seeking to change careers. While pursuing the MEd, the student will also complete any additional content necessary for licensure which they have not previously completed. A fourth program is on the horizon.

“Pending approval from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), we hope to offer a Master of Education in Teacher Leaders sometime next year,” said Anderson. “We are excited at this prospect as people who are already licensed teachers can enter a master’s program. It will be taught completely in an online format. It is our view that people who are learning to teach need more of a face-to-face structure, while those who have already been teaching for several years are in a position to benefit from what we have to offer without the requirement of attending class face-to-face.”

For more information on King University’s Education Licensure programs, visit or contact the Office of Admissions at 800.362.0014 or


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