The M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction, Elementary School Education, is a cohort-based
graduate program which capitalizes on the most current research in the field of education.
The structured curriculum is designed to provide classroom teachers opportunities
to advance their teaching and leadership skills so that they may become more effective
within the rapidly changing field of education. The program focuses on increasing
classroom teachers’ knowledge and experience through research into best classroom
practices; increasing pedagogical knowledge, both in content and in general in the
areas of technology, assessment, and classroom management; and in increasing knowledge
of the impact of historical milestones in education. The cohort model of instruction
allows candidates to learn, contribute, and grow in a professional learning community.
You don’t walk alone as you move toward your master’s
Fifth grade math teacher Katie Cunningham is glad she decided to return to MTSU and
enroll in graduate college to earn her Master's of Education (M.Ed.) in Curriculum
and Instruction. “This program has made the biggest difference in my classroom and
my students. I can see how my teaching is improving for the benefit of my students,”
she explains. With firm appreciation, Cunningham goes on to say that she doesn’t think
the program would be nearly as successful as it is without the involved and encouraging
faculty. “My professors have become like family to me. They have been there every
step of the way and have continued to push me to grow as a student and teacher. Enrolling
in this program has been one of the best decisions I have ever made for my teaching
True Blue alum says graduate work improves her teaching
Weekend classes attracted kindergarten teacher Spring Harris to return to her alma
mater to begin work on a master’s degree. “The program has allowed me to work full
time and go back to school without feeling too overwhelmed,” she says, citing also
the convenience of most classes having “an online portion so I am not traveling to
campus every single week.” Harris says faculty in the program are absolutely outstanding
in their professional treatment of students and their knowledge base and experience. “I
have also appreciated the practicality of what I am learning. I have loved being able
to take new things I implemented and bring it back to my class for discussion. Overall,
the program has not only improved my knowledge base, but also my daily instruction,”
she explains. Not only does she see results in her students but she feels more comfortable
taking a leadership role in her grade level team.
MTSU College of Graduate Studies
The master’s program in Curriculum and Instruction helps prepare students to become
more dynamic classroom teachers. There is a high success rate within the classroom
post-graduation, as well as other opportunities in the greater field of Education.
Some potential careers include
- classroom teacher
- curriculum specialist
- director of curriculum and instruction
- instructional coordinator
- teacher mentor
- textbook reviewer
Alumni from the Curriculum and Instruction Program have been employed in many districts
- Bedford County Schools
- Franklin Special Schools
- Metro-Davidson Schools
- Murfreesboro City Schools
- Rutherford County Schools
- Tullahoma City schools
- Wilson County Schools
The Department of Elementary and Special Education offers the Master of Education
(M.Ed.) degree with a major in Curriculum and Instruction and a concentration in Elementary
School Education. Specializations include Curriculum and Instruction, Initial Licensure [M.Ed.]
Admission is limited and based on a holistic view of test scores, past academic success,
and the potential for success in a rigorous master’s program. The following represent
the minimum admission requirements to the M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction: applicants
must have a minimum 2.75 GPA in undergraduate work, applicants must hold a valid teaching
license, applicants must have minimum scores on the GRE (281 current scale/700 former
scale), Miller’s Analogy (380), or the Praxis II exam (passing), and applicants must
interview with the program coordinator. All application materials should be submitted
to the College of Graduate Studies.
NOTE: Accepted students will be required to attest to their commitment to the cohort and
to contribute the necessary quality and quantity of time and energy to ensure the
success of this community of learners as each student prepares to lead an effort to
significantly improve her/his school or school district.
NOTE: International students will be required to meet MTSU’s English language proficiency
requirements in addition to the program admission requirements.
For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS button to the right.
Other Graduate Programs
In addition to the concentration in Elementary School Education under the Curriculum
and Instruction major, the department offers an initial licensure specialization.
Other M.Ed. programs include a major in Special Education with two concentrations:
Mildly/Moderately Disabled Students Concentration and Severely/Profoundly Disabled Students Concentration; and major in Literacy.
Graduate minors are offered in Special Education, Reading, and Curriculum and Instruction.
The Department of Elementary and Special Education offers four undergraduate majors,
all leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree: Early Childhood Education; Elementary Education (K-5); Interdisciplinary Studies (6-8); and Special Education with choices of comprehensive program, K-12 (for individuals with severe/profound
disabilities) or K-8 interventionist or 6-12 interventionist (for individuals with
Curriculum and Instruction, Elementary School Education Concentration, M.Ed.
Jeremy Winters, Program Director
The Department of Elementary and Special Education offers the Master of Education degree with a major in Curriculum and Instruction and a concentration in Elementary School Education (grades K-6). A specialization leading to initial licensure is also available for students who do not currently hold a license.
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 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 a concentration in Elementary Education requires completion of a minimum of 33 semester hours.
Candidates must successfully complete a comprehensive exam to be taken in the last semester of coursework (may be taken no more than twice).
Curriculum: Curriculum and Instruction, Elementary School Education Concentration
The following illustrates the minimum coursework requirements.
Required Courses (33 hours)
ELED 6220 - Seminar in Elementary Education
1 to 3credit hours
Explores contemporary issues in education as they relate to individual teaching and learning. Designed to be a forum for discussion and practical application of current educational research.
ELED 6340 - Introduction to Educational Research
Research methodologies in education. Rationalistic and naturalistic paradigms explored with respect to problem statements and literature reviews. At the 7000 level, students will broaden the scope of their research to include original data collection, analysis, and interpretation.
ELED 6370 - Education and Ethno-Cultural Diversity
Explores the ethno-cultural issues, concepts, and theories that impact teaching practice. Course content linked to students' (anticipated) professional needs and interests. Prior professional, cross-cultural, or international experience welcomed. Exposes participants to social dimensions of ethno-cultural diversity that increasingly impact pedagogy.
ELED 6630 - Digital Learning in a Digital Age
Provides graduate candidates practice and skills related to digital literacy, the nine elements of digital citizenship, and twenty-first century readiness. Candidates examine the personal and ethical implications of individual actions in digital space.
ELED 6570 - Methods of Curriculum Integration
Prerequisite: Acceptance into graduate studies and the initial licensure program. Acquaints students with the philosophy and need to teach mathematics, English/language arts, social studies, and science in the elementary classroom; familiarizes students with a variety of instructional strategies for teaching these content areas in an integrated approach.
ELED 6580 - Effective Management Practices for the Elementary Classroom
Prerequisite: Completion of a minimum of 6 graduate hours or acceptance in the Initial Licensure Program. Introduces students to classroom and instructional strategies to build, adjust, and maintain an effective classroom learning environment.
ELED 6620 - Assessment of Teaching and Learning
Prerequisite: ELED 6010 (or taken concurrently with ELED 6010 by Elementary Education major only). Familiarizes teachers with assessment techniques that focus on the complex relationship between learning and instruction. Required for all students.
ELED 6290 - Research into Practice
An in-depth study of the inquiry process as it relates to teachers in the classroom. Theory and practice combine as teachers engage in their own research to improve classroom instruction.
ELED 6650 - Curriculum: Inquiry and Thinking
Explores the perspective of curriculum as inquiry and the theoretical and practical implications of designing content-based curriculum with an emphasis on the integration of multiple types of thinking that serve understanding across disciplines. Explores putting a system of beliefs into action.
Any course requiring admission to Teacher Education may require observations, case studies, or other time in K-6 classes.
- file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies;
- 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.