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Master of Education (MEd)

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

The highly respected graduate education program at Carson-Newman has helped hundreds of educators reach their professional goals and become leaders in the field of education. Designed for graduate students who are already working full time, flexibility is a hallmark of the M.Ed. program. Completed in half-semester units, you’ll take six hours each semester but only one course at a time. You may complete studies entirely online or in a hybrid format. In several locations across the state, you can take up to four classes in a face-to-face format. Choose your area of emphasis for the specialty you’d like to pursue. 

EMPHASIS OPTIONS

  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Coaching 
  • Reading Specialist
  • Special Education
  • Teaching ESL 
  • Educational Leadership

Accreditation

The Educator Preparation Program (EPP) at Carson-Newman University is fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Each licensure area listed on this page was part of the most recent joint review conducted by CAEP and the Tennessee Department of Education. For information regarding the CAEP Annual Reporting Measures, click here.


AT A GLANCE

36 credit hours

5 semesters (18–20 months)

Online classes available

On-site classes available at certain locations 

Hybrid M.Ed. cohorts meet one evening each week, on the same day, for the entire program. There are no weekend classes.

Courses

Hybrid Format

Students in Carson-Newman blended cohorts take core courses for the degree in a face-to-face format. These courses meet once a week, from 4:45 to 8:45 p.m. You’ll take the remaining courses for the degree online, logging in regularly to complete assignments, participate in online discussions and engage in group activities. During the fall and spring terms, you will finish one course every eight weeks and up to four online courses in the summer. Following this schedule, you can complete the degree in approximately 18 months.

Online Format

Students in Carson-Newman online cohorts take all courses for the degree in a completely online format. You’ll log in regularly to complete assignments, participate in online discussions, and engage in group activities. During the fall and spring terms, you will finish one course every eight weeks and up to four courses in the summer. Following this schedule, you can complete the degree in approximately 18 months. All online courses are asynchronous, which allows you the flexibility to complete assignments and participate in discussions at any time of the day or night.

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction equips students as pedagogical experts and leaders in pre-K–12 teaching positions. You’ll be ready to serve as a teacher-leader and curriculum developer, providing exemplary classroom instruction. In this program, you will:

  • Develop extensive knowledge of leadership and change within educational and other societal institutions.
  • Analyze and interpret school and primary research data and conduct action research to effect change.
  • Learn to foster and maintain relationships within the school, and with the district, parents and community members to support student achievement.

The Master of Education with Coaching emphasis is designed for educators to expand athletic coaching knowledge and for currently licensed teachers looking to renew licensure. Having completed coursework based on standards of the National Committee for Accreditation of Coaching Education, you’ll be prepared to excel in athletic coaching roles. In this program, you will complete coursework including sport ethics, performance, injury and athletic conditioning.

The Master of Education with Reading Specialist emphasis prepares teachers for leadership roles in classroom management and reading in pre-K–12 schools. In this program, you will complete coursework that explores reading difficulties, literacy, reading programs and writing.

The Master of Education with Special Education emphasis prepares teachers for leadership roles in K–12 schools. In this program, you will complete coursework covering exceptional children, behaviors, disabilities and needs.

With the appropriate content knowledge exam(s) for licensure, you will have the opportunity to add one (or more) of the following endorsements to your TN teaching license:

  • K-12 Special Education Comprehensive
  • K-8 Interventionist
  • 6-12 Interventionist

The Master of Education with Teaching ESL emphasis presents education in the context of culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms. You will be prepared for serving international students and those whose first language is not English. In this program, you will complete coursework including English syntax, phonology and language acquisition.

With the appropriate content knowledge exam for licensure, you will have the opportunity to add the P-12 ESL Endorsement to your TN teaching license.

The Master of Education with Educational Leadership emphasis equips teachers for administration roles in pre-K–12 schools. In the program, you will:

  • Prepare for the School Leaders Licensure Assessment Praxis Exam.
  • Develop extensive knowledge of governance and change within educational and other societal institutions.
  • Learn how to develop and maintain relationships within the school and with the district, parents and community members to support student achievement.
  • Complete coursework related to school management, financial planning and leadership foundations.
  • Add the P-12 Instructional Leader endorsement to your TN teaching license.

MED ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

To apply for the Carson-Newman Master of Education program, please follow these steps:

When you have reserved your seat in the program, complete these steps: 

Submit Praxis scores from the PRAXIS II Principles of Learning and Teaching Tests or PRAXIS II Subject Assessment Tests in the area of licensure. Carson-Newman will accept a score from any PRAXIS II test that is currently being offered for Tennessee state teachers for acceptance.

If these scores are unavailable, a GRE score obtained within the last 10 years may be submitted. 


If you have a valid Professional Educators License, please submit a copy of your certificate to the Graduate Information Office by fax (800-504-7618) or by email to slonergan@graduateprogram.org.

DID YOU KNOW?

The job outlook is bright for teachers. Between 2014 and 2024, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics projects nearly 1.9 million job openings for teachers of preschool through postsecondary school. A specialized graduate degree gives you a competitive advantage in the field. 

VALUE

A graduate degree is an investment in your future, and we want to equip you to succeed.

  • As a graduate student at Carson-Newman you’ll receive access to the full Microsoft Office suite.
  • Graduate students enrolled in at least six credit hours qualify to apply for federal financial aid. If you qualify, you can borrow up to $20,500 per year, which is more than enough to cover the total program cost.
  • You’ll be assigned a personal faculty advisor, who will help draft a course plan tailored to your specific goals.

PAYMENT PLANS

Our no interest payment plans help reduce up-front costs. Enrolling in a payment plan allows you to make monthly payments on your direct charges instead of paying your full balance before classes start.

Our Office of Financial Aid is available to guide you through the many options available to graduate students at Carson-Newman.

MAKING YOUR DEGREE AFFORDABLE

THE MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING DEGREE AT CARSON-NEWMAN IS PRICED TO MAKE YOUR ADVANCED EDUCATION AFFORDABLE.

2022–2023 MASTER OF EDUCATION
TUITION AND FEES:

$435 per credit hour + $50 per credit hour technology fee

Graduate students at C-N may also be eligible for federal and state financial aid. Student loan payments may be deferred until program completion. Additionally, the Teacher Loan Forgiveness program is available for up to $5,000 for graduates who teach for five years in low-income schools and meet other requirements. The TEACH Grant program provides grants up to $4,000/year for students who are completing coursework towards certain high-need fields.

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