Graduate & Adult Studies

MED: Transitional Licensure

Curriculum and Instruction: Transitional Licensure Program

Carson-Newman University collaborates with school systems who have hired individuals on the transitional licensure. This license is available to individuals who have not completed traditional teacher education programs, but who meet content knowledge requirements in one of three ways: Have a bachelor’s degree with a major in the discipline that the individual is teaching (for example, math); Have 24 hours in the subject matter hired to teach; or Have passing scores in the appropriate Praxis II subject matter exam. An individual may work with the transitional license for a maximum of three years. Prior to the first renewal of the transitional license, the teacher holding the transitional license must have been admitted to a teacher education program and successfully completed the orientation component of the professional education core and three additional hours of coursework. By the second renewal, the Praxis II content area exam(s) for the endorsement must have been completed successfully. For further information about the Tennessee State Board Policy relevant to the transitional license, please see information on the website: http://

The transitional licensure program at Carson-Newman may lead to the Master of Education degree. In order to be admitted to the M.Ed. Transitional Licensure Program, the individual must show proof of employment by a school system and must complete the orientation component of the program during the first year of teaching. Courses that are required for the transitional license, but not required in the M.Ed. core requirements, may be completed as elective in the M.Ed. program. The following courses comprise the transitional licensure program and must be completed before the candidate may be advanced to the apprentice license. All Praxis II tests must be completed prior to completion of the M.Ed. degree and advancement to the apprentice license.

I.  Orientation Component of the Professional Education Core:

EDUC 664, Supervised Teaching Experience, 3 hours
#Content Area Methods Course, 3 hours

II.  Remaining coursework of the Professional Education Core:

EDUC 531, Evaluation of Learning, 3 hours
EDUC 533, Educational Technology, 3 hours
EDUC 560, Classroom Management, 3 hours
EDUC 566, Issues in Human Development, 3 hours
SPED 508, Survey of Persons with Exceptionalities, 3 hours

III. Curriculum and Instruction M.Ed. Program, 36 hours

I.  Required Core, 12 hours
EDUC 538 Foundations of Leadership, 3 hours*
EDUC 561 Effective Home, School, Community Relations, 3 hours
EDUC 630 Educational Research, 3 hours
TESL 565 Language and Culture, 3 hours
or EDUC 524

II. Transitional Licensure, 21 hours (see above requirements)

III. Research Options, 3 hours
Thesis Option: EDUC 660*, Thesis, 3 hours

NOTE: EDUC 631, Research in the Content Field, is a prerequisite to EDUC 660, which
will add three hours to the overall number of hours required for the M.Ed. degree.
Non-Thesis Option: EDUC 600, Integrating Research and Learning, 3 hours

 #Content Area Methods Courses:

EDUC 513 Teaching Physical Education in the Elementary School*
EDUC 514 Teaching Physical Education and Wellness in the Secondary School*
EDUC 537 Topics in the Content Field (For Content Areas Not Already Listed)*
EDUC 544 Teaching Modern and Classical Languages*
EDUC 545 Teaching Business Education in the Secondary School*
EDUC 546 Teaching History and Social Studies in the Secondary School*
EDUC 547 Teaching English and Literature in the Secondary School*
EDUC 548 Teaching the Natural Sciences in the Secondary School*
EDUC 549 Teaching Math in the Secondary School*
SPED 516 Methods of Teaching Special Education*


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