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Graduate Studies in Education

Do you want to learn how to better teach yourself and others? Do you hope to lead those seeking to improve their lives? Do you try to give others the help they need?

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  1. To facilitate placement in the professional field.
  2. To provide studies in preparation for more advanced programs.
  3. To prepare candidates to obtain the appropriate credentials and/or licensure. (Note: Each candidate is responsible for the realization of this goal, as each state has its own standards.)
  4. To train candidates to effectively serve others.

Prerequisites for Admission

In addition to the admission requirements for graduate study, a candidate for the Master of Science program with emphases in Instructional Leadership (with concentrations in either Administration or Content Area), Literacy Education, and Outdoor Education will comply with the following requirements:

  1. The completion of a minimum of nine semester hours in education.
  2. The absence of any felony or pending prosecution for felony. (Applicants must submit a form attesting such and complete an approved criminal background check.)
  3. Two recommendations, including, if possible, one from a college professor or someone similarly acquainted with applicant's academic abilities and another from a work supervisor, attesting to the qualities of the candidate in terms of relationships and stability.
  4. A written "Statement of Purpose" regarding their motivation for joining the education program. This will be used to assess the candidate's written expression skills. Click here for guidelines.
  5. Academic records are examined to determine whether the applicant has established a firm basis for graduate work in the proposed field of study. In harmony with accepted academic practice for regular admission status, a minimum of 3.25 grade point average on undergraduate credit or a 3.0 average on 12 semester hours of graduate credit is required. Students with a grade point average less than 3.0 may be considered for special admission on an individual basis.
  6. International students whose first language is not English and who are applying for on-campus programs must submit their score on the Test Of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum TOEFL score of 600 (on paper-based test), 250 (on computer-based test), or 100 (on internet-based test) is required for admission.

The School of Education and Psychology reserves the right to revoke admission should a candidate be deemed incompatible with this specific education degree.

Admission to  Candidacy

MSEd student cannot progress beyond the completion of 24 credit hours in their program requirements without being admitted to candidacy.  MSEd students must complete the following requirements for admission to candidacy.

  1. GPA:  Maintain a minimum graduate grade point average of 3.00.
  2. Program Survey: Submit a completed Program Survey.  Click here for Program Survey.
  3. Dispositions Assessment:  Obtain from the area of emphasis coordinator an evaluation of proficient of higher on each of the core areas identified on the Dispositions Assessment form.
  4. Midpoint Professional Portfolio:  Receive an overall score of proficient or higher on the midpoint Professional Portfolio.  Click here for Portfolio Handbook.
  5. Professional Membership:  Present documentation of membership in a professional organization.
  6. Position Paper:  Receive a score of proficient or higher on each of the components of the program-specific position paper.  Note: The position paper will be completed as part of a required course.
  7. Approval:  Receive approval for Admission to Candidacy from the MSEd Advisory Council.

Graduation Requirements

A candidate must:

  1. Complete an application to graduate, which must be filed with the Records and Advisement Office two months prior to the anticipated graduation date.
  2. Complete the program with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
  3. Complete an advanced program portfolio and obtain a score of proficient or higher on all required elements.
  4. Pass a written comprehensive examination designed by the faculty.  Exam questions/answers are integrated into the advanced program portfolio.  |  phone: 423.236.2765  |  fax: 423.236.1765  |  P.O. Box 370, Collegedale, TN 37315-0370