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This online program is designed for individuals who either: a.) have completed a teacher preparation program and already have an initial or professional level PreK-12 teaching license, OR b.) do not need a teaching license for their current workplace situation (private school setting, state institutions, etc.) but want to learn more about curriculum and instruction.

The concentration is focused on the teaching and innovation of PK-16 educators (preschool - adult learning) as leaders, advocates for change, and digital navigators. All coursework is completed online in an asynchronous learning environment.

There are two options for completing this degree; both options require the completion of 33 hours of required online courses:

Not sure which Curriculum and Instruction (Ed. Leadership) M.Ed. program is right for you?

Note: Let your contact know which specialization you wish to pursue. However, when you apply, choose Curriculum and Instruction (Ed. Leadership).

  • I want a master’s degree. I have completed a teacher preparation program, and I already have an initial or professional level K-12 teaching license OR I don’t need a teaching license for my current workplace situation (private school setting, state institutions, etc.), but I want to learn more about curriculum and instruction.
    • I want a master’s degree in an online course format.
      • Online Program - Contact the M.Ed. Online advisor listed on this page.
    • I want a master’s degree in a classroom cohort format.
      • Cohorts - Contact M.Ed. On-site Cohort advisor listed on this page.
  • I want a Tennessee teaching license to teach secondary education. 
  • I want a master’s degree. I have an intent-to-hire letter to be a secondary education teacher in a school system with a Tennessee practitioner teaching license while completing a preparation program with an approved Educator Preparation Provider (EPP).

What We're Doing

Zaheerah Smith-Cooper and her daughter Aminah Smith

Mother-daughter duo graduate together with M.Ed. degrees in Curriculum and Instruction

Zaheerah Smith-Cooper and her daughter Aminah Smith graduated together as non-traditional students from MTSU’s online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction program. “Many of my peers were traditional academic teachers who had been teaching for many years. I wasn’t a traditional student or educator, and Dr. Ashlee Hover helped me see that being ‘traditionally trained’ in education doesn’t always matter. We all have great ideas, and there are different ways to accomplish our goal: to teach the student. Completing a class with Dr. Hover leaves you excited and looking forward to what is next,” Zaheerah said. The mother-daughter duo graduated with 3.9 and 4.0 GPAs. “It was great graduating with my mom… it was nice to accomplish this with her, and hopefully, we can do it again in the future,” Aminah said. Zaheerah hopes to open a school in a low-income area where she can focus not only on the students but the entire family, while Aminah wants to publish novels, open a bookstore and teach English. Read more of their story here

Patrick Toth

MTSU Online helps Williamson County teacher earn master’s, ‘inspire the kids’

When 55-year-old Patrick Toth looks back at his career path, he can see how every step led him to where he is today. While working as a social studies teacher at Page High School in Williamson County, Toth earned a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction through MTSU Online and the university’s flexible course options. Previously working in public television creating media resources for children, Toth always felt passionate about education. “I feel like it is my role to connect with kids and watch kids grow and work with kids and be invested in their growth. I want to be able to cultivate that curiosity in them.” Toth said MTSU's program was a perfect fit for him for many reasons. “The program was very challenging, but the ease and access to take the classes and work with the cohorts and the professors and still be able to teach made it the best fit for me. It was so effective, and it worked out so well for me that I could teach full time.” Since receiving his master’s degree, Toth said he feels like it really shows his students that he’s passionate about what he does. “Having a master’s degree is showing my kids that I really love what I do,” he said. “And I love the kids, too — when a teacher can be as tired as we all are and still miss their students after a week off, it shows that you really do care.” Read more of Patrick Toth’s story here


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Graduates from the Curriculum and Instruction programs may be employed in a variety of positions. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Central Office Personnel
  • Classroom Teacher
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Department Chair
  • Instructional Coach, Leader, or Supervisor
  • Teacher Mentor
  • Team Leader
  • Training and Development Specialist

MTSU graduates are employed through various school districts throughout Tennessee; examples include:

  • Bedford County Schools
  • Cannon County Schools
  • Coffee County Schools
  • Franklin County Schools
  • Franklin Special School District Schools
  • Lebanon Special School District Schools
  • Murfreesboro City Schools
  • Metro-Davidson 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 a Master of Education (M.Ed.) with a major in Curriculum and Instruction.

Not sure which Curriculum and Instruction (Ed. Leadership) M.Ed. program is right for you?

Note: Let your contact know which specialization you wish to pursue. However, when you apply, choose Curriculum and Instruction (Ed. Leadership).

  • I want a master’s degree. I have completed a teacher preparation program, and I already have an initial or professional level K-12 teaching license OR I don’t need a teaching license for my current workplace situation (private school setting, state institutions, etc.), but I want to learn more about curriculum and instruction.
    • I want a master’s degree in an online course format.
      • Online Program - Contact the M.Ed. Online advisor listed on this page.
    • I want a master’s degree in a classroom cohort format.
      • Cohorts - Contact M.Ed. On-site Cohort advisor listed on this page.
  • I want a Tennessee teaching license to teach secondary education. 
  • I want a master’s degree. I have an intent-to-hire letter to be a secondary education teacher in a school system with a Tennessee practitioner teaching license while completing a preparation program with an approved Educator Preparation Provider (EPP).

 

For complete curriculum details for the Curriculum & Instruction, M.Ed. Concentration: Teaching and Innovation in PK-16 for individuals who either 1.) Have completed a teacher preparation program and already have an initial or professional level K-12 teaching license OR 2.) Don’t need a teaching license for their current workplace situation (private school setting, state institutions, etc.) but want to learn more about curriculum and instruction, click on the REQUIREMENTS button to the right. 

There are two options for completing this degree; both options require the completion of 33 hours of required online courses:

Other graduate degrees:

Curriculum and Instruction, Teaching and Innovation in PK-16 Concentration, M.Ed.

Ashlee Hover, Program Director
(615) 904-8187
Ashlee.Hover@mtsu.edu

The Curriculum and Instruction program with a concentration in Teaching and Innovation in PK-16 is designed for individuals who either: a) have completed a teacher preparation program and already have an initial or professional level PreK-12, teaching license, OR b) do not need a teaching license for their current workplace situation (private school setting, state institutions, etc.) but want to learn more about curriculum and instruction.

The concentration is focused on the teaching and innovation of PK-16 educators (preschool-adult learning) as leaders, advocates for change, and digital navigators. All coursework is completed online in an asynchronous learning environment.

There are two options for completing this degree; both options require the completion of 33 hours of online courses.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Teaching and Innovation in PK-16 online program requires

  1. an earned bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college;
  2. at least one of the following:
    1. a satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test
    2. a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination
    3. a satisfactory score on a teacher licensure test (examples could include: Praxis II or edTPA)
    4. a valid teacher license
    5. an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or above
    6. for those who have started but not completed a graduate degree, a GPA of 3.00 or above on the last 60 hours of coursework (undergraduate and graduate) completed
    7. a completed graduate degree with a GPA of 3.00 or above.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must

  1. submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php). Once this initial application has been accepted, the applicant will receive directions on how to enter the graduate portal to be able to submit other materials.
  2. submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
  3. submit evidence of at least one of the required admission items above.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a concentration in Teaching and Innovation in PK-16 requires completion of 33 semester hours.

Once admitted to the program, candidate must

  1. complete 33 semester hours with no more than 30 percent of the total degree hours dually listed as undergraduate/graduate hours (see specifics in Curriculum section below);
  2. successfully complete a written comprehensive examination during the semester of graduation (exam may be retaken once).

Curriculum: Curriculum and Instruction

The following illustrates the coursework requirements.

Required Courses (12 hours)

  • FOED 6030 - School and Community Relations

    3credit hours

    The reciprocal relationship of the two and the skills necessary for analyzing problems and utilizing data and technical skills in planning effective school-community relations programs.

  • FOED 6630 - Educational Tests and Measurements

    3credit hours

    Basic concepts in educational measurement and evaluation; evaluation as a part of the teaching-learning process; utilization of evaluation for instructional improvement.

  • SPSE 6140 - Teacher Leadership for School Improvement

    3credit hours

    Assessing standard teaching practices, analyzing the relationship between effective teaching and effective schools, and developing strategies for instructional and school improvement. Includes experiences to help students become more reflective in their daily teaching.

  • SPSE 6640 - Digital Learning in the PK-16 Educational Setting

    3credit hours

    Offers preparation for incorporating digital learning into PK-16 learning environments (preschool-adult learning) for the purpose of inspiring students to positively contribute to and responsibly participate in the digital world. Students will design digital learner-driven activities that accommodate diverse students.

Electives (21 hours)

Select seven of the courses below.

NOTE:DTL 6000, DTL 6010, DTL 6020, and DTL 6030 are required to earn the Digital Teaching and Learning Certificate along with the M.Ed. program.

  • DTL 6000 - Digital Teaching and Learning Environments

    3credit hours

    Introduces digital learning, course management systems, digital tools, models and strategies for digital learning, deep thinking in the online environment, developing creativity, and risk taking in the digital classroom. Focuses on creating and establishing home-school-student partnerships to ensure success in the digital classroom.

     

     

  • DTL 6010 - Curriculum Design for Digital Teaching, Learning, and Diversity

    3credit hours

    Examines new media tools and literacies, content creation and development across curriculum areas, standards-based digital instruction, and research-based practices to address the challenges of diversity, equity, and access for all PreK-12 learners. 

     

  • DTL 6020 - Digital Citizenship: Literacy and Content Instruction

    3credit hours

    Emphasis placed on developing personalized, standards-based, content and literacy instruction. Focuses on developing digital citizenship through appropriate instruction based on diverse student needs and options for content and resources. 

     

     

  • DTL 6030 - Assessment and Evaluation in Digital Teaching and Learning Environments

    3credit hours

    Examines technology as a means for effectively completing the instructional cycle. Explores technology tools in order to evaluate, analyze, and transform ways to engage in appropriate assessment to improve practice and ensure student learning in digital environments. Focuses on data-driven decision making.

  • FOED 6020 - Educational Foundations

    3credit hours

    Assists educational personnel in developing contexts and concepts in which educational problems and issues may be understood through awareness of findings in humanistic and behavioral studies.

  • FOED 6610 - Analysis and Application of Educational Research

    3credit hours

    Qualitative and quantitative research applicable to the field of education. Both producers and consumers of educational research with a literature review presented to support possible solutions to significant hypotheses or problems.

  • SPSE 6250 - Seminar in Curriculum Improvement

    3credit hours

    For the advanced major in curriculum development utilizing small group or seminar approach. Issues and research in curriculum improvement analyzed critically.

  • SPSE 6430 - Introduction to Curriculum Development

    3credit hours

    Opportunity to study, discuss, and evaluate modern practices and procedures in curriculum development and reorganization in schools and school systems.

Program Notes

Students taking courses for licensure renewal, add-on endorsements, or "plus 30" upgrade on teacher licensure should register as non-degree-seeking students. Students enrolling in 6000-level courses must hold a bachelor's degree, and students enrolling in 7000-level courses must hold a master's degree. Non-degree-seeking students cannot register for 7000-level courses without departmental permission.

Our adjunct faculty bring outstanding professional experience to our programs. Many are industry leaders with decorated careers and honors. Importantly, they are innovative educators who offer hands-on learning to our students to prepare them to enter and thrive in a dynamic, and oftentimes emerging, industry and professional world. They inspire, instruct, and challenge our students toward academic and professional success.

FAQ/Resources

What is an MTSU Online Course

Instruction is entirely online through MTSU's learning management system, Desire2Learn (D2L). Courses are asynchronous and do not have scheduled dates, meeting times, or assigned classrooms. The location will be listed as ONLINE when registering for the course(s).

How much does it cost? 

Tennessee Residents

  • If you live in Tennessee, go to Tuition Rates, and then click on the "Graduate Fee Chart" for in-state tuition rates.

Tennessee Non-Residents

  • If you are a Tennessee non-resident, go to Tuition Rates, and then click on "Graduate eRate Fee Chart." (For students enrolled in exclusively online courses, MTSU offers a special eRate).If you are a Tennessee non-resident, go to Tuition Rates, and then click on "Graduate eRate Fee Chart." (For students enrolled in exclusively online courses, MTSU offers a special eRate).
    OR
  • Check to see if you are eligible for in-state tuition – some states have reciprocity.
  • Begin by searching for programs available to residents of your state.
  • Apply to the institution offering your desired program. 
  • Once admitted to the institution, contact your state ACM coordinator and complete the ACM application process in your home state to be certified as a state resident.

Are there scholarships? 

Yes, check out the Graduate Scholarship Information and other ways to pay for school. The scholarship links open February 1st each year. 

 

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Online or Hybrid Programs at a Glance

This program is available fully online.


For More Information or Explore Your Options​

Contact your department / program coordinator or advisor for more details about the program. OR Work one-on-one with your advisor to explore your options.


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With over 25 years of experience in online teaching and learning, MTSU Online offers students access to innovative, high-quality programs. Designed with students in mind, our courses allow maximum flexibility for those unable to participate in person. ​

Resources and services for online students are available from MTSU Online or contact us at distance@mtsu.edu.

Contact Information

M.Ed. Online

Dr. Ashlee Hover
Ashlee.Hover@mtsu.edu
615-904-8187

Who is My Advisor?

M.Ed. Online

Dr. Ashlee Hover
Ashlee.Hover@mtsu.edu
615-904-8187

Mailing Address

Department of Educational Leadership
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MTSU Box 91
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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