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The School of Education offers coursework leading to a Tennessee teaching license in elementary grades K-5 for candidates who complete all coursework, field experiences, and required assessments.

The School of Education offers coursework leading to a Tennessee teaching license in secondary grades 6-12 for candidates who complete all coursework, field experiences, and required assessments. Candidates must complete requirements of an academic major in Biology, Chemistry, English, History, Mathematics, Physics, and Spanish, depending on the secondary subject they wish to teach.

The School of Education offers coursework leading to a Tennessee teaching license in Music Education K-12 for candidates who complete all coursework, field experiences, and required assessments. Candidates must complete requirements of an academic major in either instrumental or vocal music education, depending on the subject they wish to teach.

The School of Education offers coursework leading to a Tennessee teaching license in Physical Education K-12 for candidates who complete all coursework, field experiences, and required assessments. Candidates must complete requirements of an academic major in Exercise Science.

The School of Education offers graduate coursework leading to a Tennessee teaching license for candidates with have a bachelor’s degree and who complete all coursework, field experiences, and required assessments. Depending on the academic major from their bachelor’s degree and possible additional content coursework, candidates choose the grade level and/or subject Master of Education in Curriculum following a final semester of student teaching.

Candidates with a bachelor’s degree who have obtained a teaching position may enroll as an embedded teaching candidate in our program. Embedded teaching candidates are granted a Tennessee Practitioner License in their first year. Candidates will complete the coursework and assessments for the Master of Education in Curriculum and will have two semesters of supervised practicum.

M.Ed. courses are offered on-campus at Bristol and Knoxville on Monday nights and online in the summer.

Licensed teachers can obtain an additional endorsement in English as a Second Language by completing 12 semester hours. The online classes are taught in five-week increments and may be completed in two academic semesters or during the summer. The endorsement may be added to a Tennessee teaching license and to other state licenses according to their reciprocity agreements.

“I just love how beautifully King University weaves Faith and Learning together.”
Cameron Smith '18, Education

Have you always wanted to be a teacher?  Have you recently considered teaching as a career option? Are you interested in making a lasting difference in the lives of children and adolescents? If you believe teaching is your calling, please email or call any of our education faculty, or if you are on campus, visit King’s Education offices in Kline Hall. We can answer questions related to a career in teaching and discuss steps to reach that goal.

The School of Education offers both baccalaureate and graduate level programs for initial teacher licensure in elementary education (K-5), secondary education (6-12), K-12 music education (both vocal and instrumental), and K-12 physical education.

Education Highlights

  • Over the last three years, more than 85 percent of our graduates have been hired by local school districts
  • Students have the opportunity to get more than 100 practical observation hours in a variety of settings, prior to student teaching; these early field experiences help students to determine preferred grade levels and subject areas.
  • Students are encouraged to develop important dispositions: caring; collaboration; open-mindedness; integrity; responsibility; social justice; self-efficacy; reflexivity; and flexibility,  intrinsic qualities that are the hallmark of excellent teachers.
  • Students work closely with education faculty, all of whom have practical experience in a public school setting.

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After fulfilling all King University and Tennessee Board of Education requirements, including course work and successful Praxis scores, students will spend the final semester prior to graduation in the field, student teaching and making connections that will lead to positive relationships and possible employment opportunities.