Master of Science in Education

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The MSEd program is up to date with current trends in learning, so educators have the best tools for their students. Graduates are well equipped for administrative roles. They are positioned for increased marketability and for recognition of expertise by peers and employers.

Southern advantages

  • Christian perspective:  The program is grounded in time-tested Adventist education principles and is designed to train professionals for work in any setting.
  • Faith and learning:  All education courses not only incorporate a biblical foundation, but also provide ways for Christian educators to nurture faith throughout the educational system.
  • Experienced practitioners:  Our professors teach from a broad range of professional experience in both private and public school settings. The latest technology is integrated throughout the program.
  • Designed for convenience:  On-campus intensives are offered in the summer. Online classes and hybrid classes (with online and on-campus components) provide even more convenience for the working educator’s schedule.

How the programs work

Instructional Leadership:  This is an online program. This emphasis prepares leaders for roles as school principals and superintendents. Courses meeting the requirements for the NAD Principal Endorsement are also offered online.

Literacy Education:  This is an online program. This emphasis prepares teachers to engage and empower students to be strong communicators and critical thinkers.

Outdoor Education: More information about Outdoor Education »
Offered during Summer Field Schools, teachers, youth leaders, camp directors and others learn how to meet a variety of educational and emotional needs through God's book of nature.

Eligibility and prerequisites

  • Bachelor's degree:  A bachelor’s degree (in any area) from an accredited program
  • GPA requirement:  A minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.00
  • Certification:  Current NAD Basic certification or state initial certification, or proof of past NAD Basic or state initial certification.
  • Instructional Leadership emphasis:  Applicants must have two years of teaching experience.

Admission process

  1. Graduate application:  Submit a graduate application (with non-refundable fee of $40). Apply now
  2. Transcripts:  Submit official college and university transcripts. Many institutions subscribe to the convenient transcript-request service at National Student Clearinghouse, or you may also contact your institution directly. Have transcripts sent to the Graduate and Professional Studies office ( If you earned your prerequisite degree at Southern, you do not need to complete this step.
  3. Recommendations: Submit two recommendation forms (completed by work supervisors or professors). This should be done as part of the online application process.
  4. Statement:  Submit a statement of purpose. View guidelines 
  5. Resumé:  Submit your current resumé through your Application Status Page.
  6. Background check:  Successfully complete an approved background check. (Alternatively, verification may be submitted by your current employer.) Download form
  7. Criminal-Record Release and Declaration:  Submit the Criminal-Record Release and Declaration. Your signature on this form gives the School of Education and Psychology permission to retain your criminal-history record and affirms that you are not a registered sex-offender.  Download form

Application deadlines

Term U.S. Residents International
Fall July 1 May 1 (Instructional Leadership emphasis only)
Winter October 1 September 1 (Instructional Leadership emphasis only)
Summer April 1 Not applicable

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Dormitory housing is available at a rate of $18 per night.  Payment must be made upon arrival, and any arrangements for reimbursement must be made directly with your Conference Education Office. Reservations are required and may be made by contacting Mrs. Lisa Patterson at 423.236.2990. Married student housing also available upon request.

International students

Applicants who are not citizens or permanent residents of the United States are considered international students and must meet additional requirements for admission.

  • View international-student admission requirements »

    1. All non-U.S. transcripts must be submitted through one of the following approved credential evaluation agencies: Evaluations are to be sent directly to Southern, Graduate Studies, by the service. All evaluation reports are considered to be advisory. Southern reserves the right to make final equivalency decisions.
    2. Certification of English proficiency.
      See School specific requirements in the Graduate Catalog. Scores are valid for two years from the test date. Learn more at:
    3. Submit Declaration of Finances.
      International students must have financial resources sufficient to support themselves for the calendar year, in addition to an international-student deposit of $3,000 (USD). Download Form
      • To be issued an I-20 Form, students must also provide a letter from financial sponsors (including their name and address), as well as copies of bank statements for the last three months showing the balance history for the student's account or the financial sponsor's account.

International students who will be coming to Southern's campus need some additional information about travel documents and living on campus.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact the International Student Services Coordinator at 423.236.2845 or

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Note for international applicants

Since the Literacy Education and Instructional Leadership emphases are offered online, the part-time schedule does not meet student-visa requirements for international students. Courses are offered year-round with 3-6 credit hours available each term.

Course guide

Select an emphasis:

Instructional Leadership

The Instructional Leadership emphasis equips teachers with a wide repertoire of research-based teaching strategies and with the knowledge and skills to design and deliver instruction to meet the needs of diverse student populations.

Courses are scheduled on a two-year rotation and are offered online unless otherwise noted.

The Literacy Education emphasis is designed to empower classroom teachers to keep learners at the heart of all literacy instruction, while responding to the demands of research-based pedagogical practice mandated by federal initiatives such as Common Core Standards. Because most courses contain a significant application component, teachers are given ample opportunities to translate theory into practice.

Courses are scheduled on a two-year rotation and are offered online unless otherwise noted.

Outdoor Education courses are offered during Summer Field Schools or Fall/Winter intensives.

More information about Outdoor Education»


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Hello from Southern! I am looking forward to working with you as you achieve your academic and professional goals. Whether you are a recent graduate or nontraditional student, I want you to feel welcome, so please feel free to contact me by phone or email with any questions you may have. I am here to help!

Mikhaile Spence

Graduate Program Manager