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School of Education and Psychology

Master of Science in Education

  • Instructional Leadership. This is an online program (with one on-campus course). We also offer the courses required for the NAD Principal Endorsement.
  • Literacy Education. This on-campus program is offered during summer sessions.
  • Outdoor EducationView more »

Online Classes

For information about taking classes online and for a list of available courses, visit Online Campus or call 423.236.2087.

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Admission Requirements for the MSEd


  • Bachelor’s degree in any area from an accredited program

  • Minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.25. Students may be admitted who have completed at least 9 semester hours of graduate school with a minimum GPA of 3.0 (with no grade lower than a B-).

  • Nine hours in undergraduate education courses (or in graduate education courses, which will not count as a part of the graduate program).

  • Emphasis in Instructional Leadership—applicants must have two years of successful teaching experience in an accredited institution (Pre-K through university), a U.S. government teaching program, teacher exchange program, or the U.S. Armed Forces. 


Admission process

  1. Submit a graduate application (with non-refundable fee of $25 online or $40 paper). Apply now »

  2. Submit official transcripts from undergraduate and graduate schools attended.

  3. Submit two letters of recommendation along with the required recommendation forms. Download PDF »

  4. Submit a Statement of Purpose. Download guidelines »

  5. Submit a professional resumé.

  6. Successfully complete an approved background check. (Verification may be submitted by your current employer.) Download PDF »


International Students

Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the U.S. must meet additional requirements and deadlines. View international student requirements »


Southern Union Conference Employees

Southern Union Conference employees are required to obtain tuition subsidy authorization. Get authorization »

Master's degree in education students at Southern




Graduate Catalog

Online Classes


Background Check

Legal Declaration and Waiver

Recommendation Form


Southern Union Teachers

Southern Union teachers receiving tuition subsidy must obtain prior approval from their conference superintendent. Teachers then follow the regular admission process. Here's how »

Master's degree in education contact Mikhaile Spence


Email or call for information about everything from admission to graduation. 

Mikhaile Spence
Graduate Enrollment Counselor

Graduate Faculty

Master's degree in education faculty Krystal Bishop

Krystal Bishop, EdD
Professor of Education

EdD and MA, University of South Florida—Tampa
BS, Southern Adventist University

Bonnie Eder, EdD
Associate Professor of Education

EdD, University of Tennessee—Knoxville
MS, Berry College
BS, University of Wyoming

Faith Laughlin, EdD
Professor of Education and Psychology

BA, Andrews University
MA, Pacific Union College
EdD, Shenandoah University

Master's degree in education faculty John McCoy 

John McCoy, EdD
Dean and Professor of Education

EdD, State University of New York at Buffalo
MA, University of North Carolina
BS, Atlantic Union College