May 20, 2022
The Department of Elementary and Special Education offers the Master of Education degree with a major in Curriculum and Instruction. The major in Curriculum and Instruction offers concentrations in Early Childhood Education, Elementary School Education, and Middle School Education. A specialization in inclusion education is available as is a specialization leading to initial licensure and initial licensure: grades 4-8.
Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.
Students seeking admission to the Master of Education program are expected to score at least 380 on the Miller Analogies Test or 281 (current scale) or 700 (former scale) on the Graduate Record Examination or the minimum on a National Teachers Examination that meets Tennessee licensure standards.
- have at least a 2.75 undergraduate GPA for full admission and 2.50 undergraduate GPA for conditional admission;
- have elementary teaching licensure, the attainment of which may require additional undergraduate courses prior to the completion of the degree;
- have an initial conference with an appropriate graduate advisor in the Department of Elementary and Special Education.
All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.
- submit an application with the appropriate application fee (online at www.mtsu.edu/graduate/apply.php);
- submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Principles of Learning and Teaching Exam (PRAXIS II), or Miller Analogies Test (MAT);
- submit official transcripts of all previous college work.
The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an initial licensure: grades 4-8 specialization is a 48-hour program that includes a nine-hour internship. These candidates must meet requirements for admission to teacher education and internship in addition to the traditional graduate admission requirements.
Candidates must successfully complete a written comprehensive exam to be taken in the last semester of coursework (may be taken no more than twice).
Curriculum: Curriculum and Instruction, Initial Licensure - Grades 4-8
Candidate must complete 48 hours in the following course of study:
Required Courses (9 hours)
Specialized Core (9 hours)
Specialized Courses (21 hours)
All courses require admission to Teacher Education.
Specialized Required Internship (9 hours)
Any course requiring admission to Teacher Education may require observations, case studies, or other time in 4-8 classes.
- file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies before completion of 21 semester hours credit;
- file a Notice of Intent to Graduate form in the College of Graduate Studies within the first two weeks of the term in which the student intends to graduate.