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The Womack Educational Leadership Department offers a non-licensure generalist Curriculum and Instruction major leading to a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree. This Master’s Degree is for individuals who EITHER (a) have completed a teacher preparation program and already have an initial or professional level K-12 teaching license OR (b) don’t need a teaching license for their current workplace situation (private school setting, state institutions, etc.) but want to learn more about curriculum and instruction.

This program is completely online and designed to foster the development of teaching skills that result in increased pupil performance. By analyzing curriculum choices and strategies, along with best teaching practices, those who participate in the program will be better equipped to provide an environment in which students engage in relevant and meaningful learning activities. Students engage with other K-12 educators and curriculum leaders as they complete online coursework.


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Graduates from the Curriculum and Instruction programs may be employed in a variety of positions. Examples include, but are not limited to:

  • Central Office Personnel
  • Classroom Teacher
  • Curriculum Specialist
  • Department Chair
  • Instructional Coach, Leader, or Supervisor
  • Teacher Mentor
  • Team Leader
  • Training and Development Specialist

MTSU graduates are employed through various school districts throughout Tennessee; examples include:

  • Bedford County Schools
  • Cannon County Schools
  • Coffee County Schools
  • Franklin County Schools
  • Franklin Special School District Schools
  • Lebanon Special School District Schools
  • Murfreesboro City Schools
  • Metro-Davidson Schools
  • Rutherford County Schools
  • Sumner County Schools
  • Tullahoma Schools
  • Van Buren County Schools
  • Warren County Schools
  • Wayne County Schools
  • White County Schools
  • Williamson County Schools
  • Wilson County Schools

The Womack Educational Leadership Department offers the Specialist in Education degree (Ed.S.) with a major in Curriculum and Instruction with both on- and off-campus cohorts. A Master of Education (M.Ed.) with a major in Curriculum and Instruction is offered. Specializations include secondary education licensure, offering a path for non-licensed degree-holding individuals seeking licensure to teach in secondary public schools. The department also offers a non-licensure generalist Curriculum and Instruction major.

For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS button to the right. 

Also available under the Curriculum and Instruction major is a concentration in English as a Second Language leading to an M.Ed.

The department offers the Ed.S. with a major in Curriculum and Instruction and a specialization in Culture, Cognition, and the Learning Process.

Other graduate degrees

Under the Administration and Supervision major, Womack Educational Leadership offers the M.Ed., as well as a concentration in Agricultural Education Leadership. Administration and Supervision programs leading to an Ed.S. include specializations in Higher Education and Instructional Leader Licensure.

The major in Library Science leads to a Master in Library Science (M.L.S.).

A major in Professional Counseling includes programs leading to an Ed.S., with concentrations also available in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling.

Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed.

Ashlee Hover, Program Director
(615) 904-8187
Ashlee.Hover@mtsu.edu

The Curriculum and Instruction program is designed to foster the development of teaching skills that result in increased pupil performance. By analyzing curriculum choices and strategies, along with best teaching practices, those who complete this program will be better equipped to provide an environment in which students engage in relevant and meaningful learning activities.

The ONLINE Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (Non-Licensure) Generalist Program requires completion of 33 hours of ONLINE COURSES.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (non-licensure) online program requires

  1. an earned bachelor's degree from an accredited university or college;
  2. at least one of the following:
  • a satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test
  • a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination
  • a satisfactory score on a teacher licensure test (examples could include: Praxis II or edTPA)
  • a valid teacher license
  • an undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or above
  • for those who have started but not completed a graduate degree, a GPA of 3.00 or above on the last 60 hours of coursework (undergraduate and graduate) completed
  • a completed graduate degree with a GPA of 3.00 or above.

Application Procedures

All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.

Applicant must

  1. 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.
  2. submit official transcripts of all previous college work;
  3. submit three letters of recommendation addressing the applicant's potential for completing the Master of Education degree in Curriculum and Instruction;
  4. submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), or Praxis II or a copy of the teaching license.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction requires completion of 33 semester hours.

Once admitted to the program, candidate must

  1. complete 33 semester hours with no more than 30 percent of the total degree hours dually listed as undergraduate/graduate hours (see specifics in Curriculum section below);
  2. successfully complete a written comprehensive examination during the semester of graduation (exam may be retaken once).

Curriculum: Curriculum and Instruction

The online Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (non-licensure) generalist program requires completion of 33 hours of required online courses. The following illustrates the coursework requirements and the online course rotation.

Required Courses (33 hours)

  • FOED 6020 - Educational Foundations

    3credit hours

    Assists educational personnel in developing contexts and concepts in which educational problems and issues may be understood through awareness of findings in humanistic and behavioral studies.

  • FOED 6030 - School and Community Relations

    3credit hours

    The reciprocal relationship of the two and the skills necessary for analyzing problems and utilizing data and technical skills in planning effective school-community relations programs.

  • FOED 6610 - Analysis and Application of Educational Research

    3credit hours

    Qualitative and quantitative research applicable to the field of education. Both producers and consumers of educational research with a literature review presented to support possible solutions to significant hypotheses or problems.

  • FOED 6630 - Educational Tests and Measurements

    3credit hours

    Basic concepts in educational measurement and evaluation; evaluation as a part of the teaching-learning process; utilization of evaluation for instructional improvement.

  • SPSE 6140 - Teacher Leadership for School Improvement

    3credit hours

    Assessing standard teaching practices, analyzing the relationship between effective teaching and effective schools, and developing strategies for instructional and school improvement. Includes experiences to help students become more reflective in their daily teaching.

  • SPSE 6250 - Seminar in Curriculum Improvement

    3credit hours

    For the advanced major in curriculum development utilizing small group or seminar approach. Issues and research in curriculum improvement analyzed critically.

  • SPSE 6430 - Introduction to Curriculum Development

    3credit hours

    Opportunity to study, discuss, and evaluate modern practices and procedures in curriculum development and reorganization in schools and school systems.

  • SPSE 6640 - Digital Learning in the K-12 Educational Setting

    3credit hours

    Offers preparation for incorporating 21st century digital learning into the K-12 school environment for the purpose of inspiring students to positively contribute to and responsibility participate in the digital world. Students will design digital learner-driven activities that accommodate diverse students.

Online Course Rotation

Fall Semester One

  • FOED 6020 - Educational Foundations

    3credit hours

    Assists educational personnel in developing contexts and concepts in which educational problems and issues may be understood through awareness of findings in humanistic and behavioral studies.

  • FOED 6630 - Educational Tests and Measurements

    3credit hours

    Basic concepts in educational measurement and evaluation; evaluation as a part of the teaching-learning process; utilization of evaluation for instructional improvement.

Spring Semester One

  • SPSE 6250 - Seminar in Curriculum Improvement

    3credit hours

    For the advanced major in curriculum development utilizing small group or seminar approach. Issues and research in curriculum improvement analyzed critically.

Summer

  • FOED 6610 - Analysis and Application of Educational Research

    3credit hours

    Qualitative and quantitative research applicable to the field of education. Both producers and consumers of educational research with a literature review presented to support possible solutions to significant hypotheses or problems.

  • SPSE 6140 - Teacher Leadership for School Improvement

    3credit hours

    Assessing standard teaching practices, analyzing the relationship between effective teaching and effective schools, and developing strategies for instructional and school improvement. Includes experiences to help students become more reflective in their daily teaching.

  • SPSE 6430 - Introduction to Curriculum Development

    3credit hours

    Opportunity to study, discuss, and evaluate modern practices and procedures in curriculum development and reorganization in schools and school systems.

Fall Semester Two

  • SPSE 6640 - Digital Learning in the K-12 Educational Setting

    3credit hours

    Offers preparation for incorporating 21st century digital learning into the K-12 school environment for the purpose of inspiring students to positively contribute to and responsibility participate in the digital world. Students will design digital learner-driven activities that accommodate diverse students.

Spring Semester Two

  • FOED 6030 - School and Community Relations

    3credit hours

    The reciprocal relationship of the two and the skills necessary for analyzing problems and utilizing data and technical skills in planning effective school-community relations programs.

Program Notes

Students taking courses for licensure renewal, add-on endorsements, or "plus 30" upgrade on teacher licensure should register as non-degree-seeking students. Students enrolling in 6000-level courses must hold a bachelor's degree, and students enrolling in 7000-level courses must hold a master's degree. Non-degree-seeking students cannot register for 7000-level courses without departmental permission.

What is an MTSU Online Course?

  • MTSU online course instruction takes place in MTSU’s Desire2Learn (D2L) learning management system (LMS).
  • No physical attendance may be required. However, students may be offered optional meetings and proctored exams.
  • Students classified as Tennessee non-residents and who are exclusively taking online courses may take advantage of an eRate.

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Contact Information

M.Ed. Online

Dr. Ashlee Hover
Ashlee.Hover@mtsu.edu
615-904-8187

M.Ed. On-Site Cohort

Dr. Marvin Peyton
Marvin.Peyton@mtsu.edu
615-898-5710

Who is My Advisor?

M.Ed. Online

Dr. Ashlee Hover
Ashlee.Hover@mtsu.edu
615-904-8187

M.Ed. On-Site Cohort

Dr. Marvin Peyton
Marvin.Peyton@mtsu.edu
615-898-5710

Mailing Address

Department of Educational Leadership
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 91
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

College of Graduate Studies
Middle Tennessee State University
MTSU Box 42
1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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