Oct 04, 2023
Tracey Huddleston, Program Director
The Department of Elementary and Special Education offers the Master of Education degree with a major in Curriculum and Instruction which can be obtained two ways. If a current license in Elementary Education is held, a student may pursue the master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction, Elementary School Education. If a current license in Elementary Education is NOT held, a student may pursue the Initial Licensure program providing licensure in Elementary Education K-5 and a Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction.
Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate program.
Students seeking admission to the Master of Education program are expected to score at least 380 on the Miller Analogies Test or 281 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).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.
- submit official scores on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), Graduate Record Examination (GRE), or Principles of Learning and Teaching Exam (PRAXIS II).
- submit official transcripts of all previous college work.
The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an initial licensure specialization requires completion of of a minimum of 48 semester hours that includes a nine-hour internship.
- meet requirements for admission to teacher education and internship in addition to the traditional graduate admission requirements;
- 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
The following illustrates the minimum coursework requirements.
Required Courses (9 hours)
Specialized Core (9 hours)
Specialized Courses (21 hours)
All courses require admission to Teacher Education.
Specialized Required Internship (9 hours)
Requires admission to Teacher Education
Any of the courses above may require observations, case studies, or other time in K-5 classrooms.