• Dr. Kyle Butler works with individuals to meet their needs
  • This on-campus cohort program fosters skills that increase pupil performance
  • At MTSU, students have multiple opportunities to learn by doing
  • Successful program completion meets the professional education licensure requirement

Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed., Secondary Education Licensure Specialization

The Curriculum and Instruction Master’s in Education (M.Ed.), Secondary Education Licensure Specialization, program is designed to allow graduate students to meet the State of Tennessee initial licensure requirements in secondary education while pursuing a master’s degree. Further, the program is designed to foster the development of teaching skills that result in increased pupil performance. By analyzing curriculum choices and strategies, along with best teaching practices, those who complete this program will be better equipped to provide an environment in which students engage in relevant and meaningful learning activities. The program is structured as an on-campus cohort program and, depending on a student’s prior coursework, should last around five semesters.

Job-embedded program combines teaching and learning

Job-embedded program combines teaching and learning

For Layla Smallwood, the opportunity to begin teaching much earlier than she anticipated is reason enough to endorse the job-embedded graduate education program leading to secondary licensure. She’s a social studies teacher at Nashville’s Glencliff High and is excited about her classes of mainly juniors and seniors. “I have been able to work full time as a teacher in my desired field of study while also attending graduate school,” Smallwood explains. “This program allows for independence and flexibility in the classroom and during field experiences. It is such a fantastic program to be a part of, and I will always be thankful for the opportunities MTSU provided. The program offered me (and so many other students) an alternative classroom experience that continuously cultivates an atmosphere of experience, learning, and teaching, while simultaneously creating a supportive community of students and staff,” she says, recognizing the “positive impact on my educational career” and acquisition of “valuable teaching strategies and life skills that I will never forget.”

Cohort member appreciates program organization

Cohort member appreciates program organization

The MTSU program leading to secondary school licensure allows students with varying experience and needs to continue working as they take classes. Kim Fults shares, “This program allows me to go ahead and teach as I earn my degree for a teaching license. Biology was my undergraduate major, but I didn’t want to go back and get another bachelor’s degree; then I was told about this program.” She remembers meeting with Dr. Kyle Butler to get details and realizing “it was the program for me. … It is great that the classes are at night, on weekends, or online,” says the mother of two, whose firefighter husband works 24-hour shifts. Citing the importance of being able to plan, Fults says, “The professors do a great job letting you know what is expected up front, and they realize that we are adults and unexpected things happen in life. I would most definitely recommend this program to anyone, and actually I have already done so!”

Graduates of the Secondary Education Initial Licensure Program have a high success rate of becoming a teacher immediately upon graduation. Courses offered are intended to prepare graduate students with the tools and network connections needed to excel upon entering the educational field. Graduates may be employed in a variety of positions.  Examples include, but are not limited to, 

  • classroom teacher
  • curriculum specialist
  • instructional coach
  • teacher mentor
  • textbook reviewer
  • training and development specialist

MTSU graduates are employed through various school districts throughout Tennessee including:

  • Bedford County Schools
  • Cannon County Schools
  • Coffee County Schools
  • Franklin County Schools
  • Franklin Special School District Schools
  • Lebanon School District
  • Metro-Davidson Schools
  • Murfreesboro City Schools
  • Rutherford County Schools
  • Sumner County Schools
  • Tullahoma Schools
  • Van Buren County Schools
  • Warren County Schools
  • Wayne County Schools
  • White County Schools
  • Williamson County Schools
  • Wilson County Schools

The Womack Educational Leadership Department offers the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree with major in Curriculum and Instruction and a specialization in Secondary Education Licensure. Courses are delivered on-line, on weekends, and through the traditional format of one evening per week. The program is 33-39 credit hours depending on student's status, prior coursework, and hours required for the teaching practicum. Completion of this program fulfills the professional education requirements necessary for an initial license in secondary education.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.

Other graduate degrees

An M.Ed. with a major in Curriculum and Instruction is offered; also available is a concentration in English as a Second Language.

Also available under the major in Curriculum and Instruction leading to the Specialist in Education degree (Ed.S.) is a specialization in Culture, Cognition, and the Learning Process

In addition are both on- and off-campus cohorts.

The Womack Educational Leadership Department offers both the Master of Education (M.Ed.) and Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) with a major in Administration and Supervision. The specialization in Higher Education can lead to either an Ed.S. or M.Ed.

There is also an Instructional Leader Licensure program specialization delivered through off-campus cohorts meeting at various locations.

Also under the Administration and Supervision major is a concentration in Agricultural Education Leadership leading to the M.Ed.

The major in Library Science leads to a Master in Library Science (M.L.S.)

A major in Professional Counseling includes programs leading to an M.Ed., with concentrations also available in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling.

Miller’s Analogy Test Information

  • Register and call Testing Services at 615-898-2863 to make an appointment.

Graduate Record Examination Test Information

  • Register online at www.ets.org/gre
  • MTSU does not administer the GRE General.
  • GRE information: 609-771-7670 or toll free 1-866-473-4373
  • GRE General Test Sites
    • Nashville/Donelson 615-399-4171
    • Tennessee State University | 615-963-7386
    • Clarksville | 931-647-2003
    • Chattanooga | 423-894-6249

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Dr. Kyle Butler

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Dr. Kyle Butler

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Middle Tennessee State University
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Murfreesboro, TN 37132 

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