Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Majoring in Curriculum & Instruction

MAJOR: CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
DEGREE: Master of Education (M.Ed.)
CONCENTRATIONS: Secondary School Instruction (7-12 or K-12 initial certification
                              Reading (licensed K-12 practitioners, minimum of 3 yrs. experience)
                              Curriculum Planning ( licensed K-12 practitioners, minimum of 3 yrs. experience )
                              Music ( non-licensure program; must have a B.A or B.S. in Music )

                              Educational Technology
                              Teaching English Language Learners (ELL) Students

The Master of Education program provides advanced study to certified teachers or teacher candidates who have completed a bachelor's degree. The program builds on the College of Education’s conceptual framework, to  prepare educators to become competent and caring professionals who are able to work effectively with diverse populations.

Admission Requirements  

Unconditional admission to the program requires the applicant to have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited four-year college or university, an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or better on a 4.0 scale, and satisfactory scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Millers Analogies (MAT). The GRE or MAT result is used in the evaluation of the academic qualifications of all graduate applicants. *Note: International students must meet fulfill admissions requirements to be accepted into Department programs.

Applicants should refer to the follow ranges to determine the minimum score, based on their GPA of record:

GPA                           Minimum Test Scores (for MAT or GRE)      
2.5 or higher              MAT – 370       GRE – 290
2.25 – 2.49                MAT – 383       GRE – 293
2.0 – 2.24                  MAT – 394        GRE - 297

Conditional admission may be gained with a lower grade point average, but the GRE or MAT score must be correspondingly higher based on the above weightings. Applicants with less than a 2.5 undergraduate GPA must submit test scores at the time of application; applicants with a GPA of 2.5 or above may submit test scores in the first semester of attendance, but it is preferable that they submit test scores at the time of original application. The student must remove conditional status by fulfilling required score on graduate exam (GRE or MAT) and earning at least a B (3.0) average in the first nine hours of graduate courses. Failure to achieve this will result in withdrawal from the program.

Admissions to teacher education programs at the graduate level may require additional evidence of academic performance (higher GPA, other test scores). Applicants who are seeking initial teaching license should contact the Office of Teacher Education and Student Services for current requirements.

Students who are potential candidates for the Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction -- Secondary School Instruction concentration must be certified to teach or must meet certification (initial licensure) before the degree is awarded. Exceptions are the concentrations in Educational Technology, Music, and Non-English Language Background (NELB) candidates.

* All application materials must be submitted to the Graduate School by the deadlines below.
               Fall:  July 1                     Spring:  November 1          Summer:  April 1 

Transfer credits
Candidates wishing to transfer credit(s) toward the M.Ed. program may transfer a maximum of twelve (12) graduate credit hours from an accredited institution for courses that correspond to program/state requirements.

Degree Requirements
Candidates for the Master of Education degree, and initial certification, must take a minimum of thirty-three (33) semester hours of graduate course work. In addition, the Secondary School Instruction concentration is for initial licensure only and requires that candidates are eligible for license before the degree will be conferred. The concentrations in Reading and Curriculum Planning requires candidates to be a licensed U.S. classroom teacher to be admitted to the program. All Curriculum & Instruction candidates must successfully pass a comprehensive examination as assigned by their concentration area.

For More Information

Dr. John David Tiller
Dr. John David Tiller
Office: 203 Clay Hall
Phone: (615) 963-5465
Email: jtiller01@tnstate.edu  






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