• Classes offer opportunities to learn by doing
  • Initial Licensure builds on existing skills and experience
  • Preparing teachers has been part of MTSU’s mission for more than 100 years
  • Teaching reading is an essential component for K-5 classrooms

Curriculum and Instruction, M.Ed., Initial Licensure

MTSU’s Initial Licensure Program provides students with the opportunity to earn a master’s degree with a major in Curriculum and Instruction as well as a license to teach kindergarten through fifth grade. The Initial Licensure Program differs from other programs by welcoming students with bachelor’s degrees outside of education. In addition, courses are offered on-line, on weekends, and through the traditional format of one evening per week. The program is specifically designed for career changers and their busy schedules.

Program changes life and perspective in fundamental ways

Program changes life and perspective in fundamental ways

Tory Smith, a current student in Curriculum and Instruction with initial licensure program, also is a graduate assistant in the College of Education as well as the president of the Graduate Educators Organization. She says enrolling at MTSU gave her the unique opportunity to immerse herself in her studies and to “be exposed to the everyday lives and dispositions of master teachers and incredibly talented peers.”  Smith, whose experiences include corporate sector work and high school teaching, says “I did a lot of soul searching after moving to Nashville and realized that my heart was with teaching elementary school. (This program) has changed my life and perspective in fundamental ways. I have met, and continue to meet, so many talented and encouraging people who have inspired me to think about the world in a completely different way.” After graduation, Smith hopes to teach in Metro Nashville and pursue a doctorate degree.

Degree opportunity allows an exciting career change

Degree opportunity allows an exciting career change

Classroom teaching was not David Naylor’s first choice. He pursued careers in office administration and public radio broadcasting (for which he also studied at MTSU). “I knew it was time for a change but had only a vague idea that teaching might be right for me. I learned about the Initial Licensure Program (ILP) and realized that in one-and-a-half years, I could be equipped to teach children...something I'd always enjoyed as a volunteer,” Naylor remembers. “The ILP changed my life; it didn't try to "unmake" me or negate the skills I'd developed in previous careers. Instead, it drew on my interests and natural and professional abilities and combined those with new learning, enabling me to become a certified teacher.” Naylor says he looks forward to “helping children connect their everyday lessons with big ideas in the outside world...thanks to a program that crafted my outside world careers into classroom strengths. Thanks, MTSU!”

Graduates of the Initial Licensure Program have a high success rate of becoming a teacher immediately upon graduation. Courses offered are intended to prepare graduate students with the tools and network connections needed to excel upon entering the educational field. Graduates can be found across the middle Tennessee area as well as across the country including Arizona, Illinois, Texas, and South Carolina to name a few. 

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 across the nation as well as in many districts including

  • Bedford County Schools
  • Franklin Special Schools
  • Lebanon School District
  • Metro-Davidson Schools
  • Murfreesboro City Schools
  • Rutherford County Schools
  • Sumner County Schools
  • Tullahoma City Schools
  • Williamson County Schools
  • Wilson County Schools

The Department of Elementary and Special Education offers the Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree with major in Curriculum and Instruction and a specialization in Initial Licensure. The major includes a concentration in Elementary School Education

Admission Requirements      

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 Initial Licensure Program with a master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction:  applicants must have a minimum 3.0 GPA in an undergraduate degree and applicants must have a minimum score of 386 on the Miller’s Analogy Test as well as complete an 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 contribute to the necessary quality and quantity of time and energy to ensure the success of the community of learners to accomplish their goals.

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 tab above. 

Other Graduate Programs

Other M.Ed. programs include a major in Special Education with two concentrations:  Mildly/Moderately Disabled Students Concentration and Severely/Profoundly Disabled Students Concentration; a major in Literacy; and a major in Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning with a concentration in Early and Middle Childhood/Literacy: Reading-Language Arts.

Graduate minors are offered in Special Education, Reading, and Curriculum and Instruction. 

Undergraduate Programs

The Department of Elementary and Special Education offers three undergraduate majors, all leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree: Early Childhood Education; Interdisciplinary Studies, with teaching levels of grades K-6 or 4-8; 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 mild/moderate disabilities).

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Curriculum and Instruction, Initial Licensure Specialization, M.Ed.

Tracey Huddleston, Program Director
(615) 898-2680
Tracey.Huddleston@mtsu.edu

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. If a current license in Elementary Education is NOT held, a student may pursue the Initial Licensure program providing licensure and a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction.

Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate program.

Admission Requirements

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.

Applicant must

  1. have at least a 2.75 undergraduate GPA for full admission and 2.50 undergraduate GPA for conditional admission;
  2. have elementary teaching licensure, the attainment of which may require additional undergraduate courses prior to the completion of the degree;
  3. have an initial conference with an appropriate graduate advisor in the Department of Elementary and Special Education.

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);
  2. submit official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE), Principles of Learning and Teaching Exam (PRAXIS II), or Miller Analogies Test (MAT);
  3. submit official transcripts of all previous college work.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with an initial licensure 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

 

Required Courses (9 hours)

 

  • ELED 6340 - Introduction to Educational Research

    3 credit hours

    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 6570 - Methods of Curriculum Integration

    3 credit hours

    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

    3 credit hours

    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.

Specialized Core (9 hours)

 

  • ELED 6370 - Education and Ethno-Cultural Diversity

    3 credit hours

    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 6500 - The Science of Learning and Teaching

    3 credit hours

    Explores educational theory, classroom management and learning environments. Candidates use both theory and data to inform practice.

  • SPED 6800 - Exceptional Children and Youth

    3 credit hours

    Introduction to problems in identification, etiology, and educational treatment of mentally retarded, gifted, physically and emotionally challenged, learning disabled, and culturally disadvantaged children and youth.

Specialized Courses (21 hours)

All courses require admission to Teacher Education.

  • ELED 6510 - Language Arts  3 credit hours  

    ELED 6510 - Language Arts

    3 credit hours

    Explores language learning and teaching. Introduces various theories about cognition, language, and language learning, including second language acquisition and various strategies for teaching language arts. Public school practicum required.

  • ELED 6530 - Teaching Social Studies

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Valid teaching license or acceptance into the teacher education program. Introduces students to philosophy and need for teaching social studies in the K-6 classroom and to a variety of instructional strategies for teaching social studies.

  • ELED 6540 - Teaching Science  3 credit hours  

    ELED 6540 - Teaching Science

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to the teacher education program; ELED 6500. Introduces students to various philosophies for teaching science in the K-6 classroom and to a variety of instructional strategies for teaching science.

  • ELED 6550 - Teaching Mathematics

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program or a valid teaching license; ELED 6500. Orientation to the teaching strategies and materials appropriate for teaching mathematics in grades K-6. Emphasis on using a constructivist approach.

  • ELED 6560 - Assessment  3 credit hours  

    ELED 6560 - Assessment

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program. Explores evaluation and assessment of children in grades K-6.

  • READ 5130 - Literacy Assessment

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisite: A reading methods or literacy course. The modification of assessment and instruction for the resolution of reading problems in the elementary classroom.

  • READ 6520 - Teaching Reading  3 credit hours  

    READ 6520 - Teaching Reading

    3 credit hours

    Prerequisites: Admission to the teacher education program; ELED 6500 and ELED 6510 may be taken concurrently. Introduces students to the various philosophies for teaching reading in the K-6 classroom and to a variety of instructional strategies for teaching reading.

Specialized Required Internship (9 hours)

Requires admission to Teacher Education

  • ELED 5510 - The Teaching Internship, Grades 1-8

    9 credit hours

    A supervised internship available only to those with at least one year of paid teaching experience in the major in which endorsement is sought. Applicants must meet all prerequisites for student teaching.

Program Notes

Any of the courses above may require observations, case studies, or other time in K-5 classrooms.

Candidate must

  1. file a degree plan in the College of Graduate Studies;
  2. 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.

Elementary Education

ELED 1001 - Becoming a Paraprofessional Literacy Tutor
1 credit hour credit

Overview of the effective components of literacy tutoring. Six modules cover the important aspects of literacy instruction as defined by the Common Core Standards. Modules will be delivered in an online format while instructional practice will take place in onsite sessions. Offers preparation to individuals without an educational background to deliver high quality literacy instruction.

ELED 3100 - Experiencing Elementary Education
1 credit hour credit

Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education. Field-based course that builds upon previous experiences and coursework. Students will implement content pedagogical strategies into teaching as well as other field experiences in elementary schools.

ELED 3150 - Mathematics Methodology
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to teacher education program; MATH 1010, MATH 1530, MATH 1630, MATH 1710, MATH 1720, MATH 1730, MATH 1810, or MATH 1910; MATH 1410 and MATH 1420. Offers preparation to pre-service elementary and middle school teachers for teaching mathematics.

ELED 3300 - Digital Learning in the Elementary Classroom, K-8
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission to Teacher Education program. Develops an understanding of the digital landscape and implications for the future of education. Explores the characteristics of a digital learner and how teaching strategies can be enhanced to support their learning experiences.

ELED 3400 - Teaching Science and Social Studies through Literacy
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission to Teacher Education, PSCI 4030, and BIOL 3000. Corequisite: READ 4015. Teacher candidates introduced to issues and trends that influence the areas of science, social studies, and English language arts (ELA) as well as methods, techniques, strategies, and materials that will enable them to integrate and teach these content areas successfully. Explores these topics via lecture, investigations (problem-based learning projects and scientific inquiry), lab, and field experiences in local elementary schools.

ELED 4070 - Writing to Learn
2 credit hours

Corequisites: ELED 4350 and READ 4130. Familiarizes teacher candidates with writing-to-learn techniques that can be used across the curriculum to assist students in thinking and processing new and existing knowledge.

ELED 4110 - Directed Teaching, Grades K-8
12 credit hours

Full-day supervised teaching experience of 15 weeks duration in a public school classroom. Pass/Fail.

ELED 4130 - Academic Interventions for Elementary School Learners
3 credit hours

Prerequisites: Admission into Residency I coursework. Corequisite: ELED 4350. Designed to better prepare teacher candidates specifically in the areas of academic success for all learners, differentiated instruction, assessment, and intervention frameworks such as RTI2. Teacher candidates must be officially admitted into the K-5 Residence I program and will work with elementary students at a local school.

ELED 4200 - Assessing the Elementary Level Learner
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission to Residency I semester. Corequisite: ELED 4350. Integrates elementary level content with classroom and standardized assessments to enable the planning, design, and implementation of assessment driven instruction.

ELED 4260 - Problems in Elementary Education
1 to 3 credit hours

A problem-oriented course, on or off campus, planned and designed for individuals, a school faculty, school system, or other professional groups, which will provide opportunities for in-service education related to assessed needs. Credit toward an undergraduate degree will be limited to six semester hours.

ELED 4340 - Managing Learning Environments
3 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program. Familiarizes teacher candidates with classroom management strategies.

NOTE: Students must select a specific Residency I section and sign up for all corresponding classes in that particular section. Classes may not be selected from multiple sections.

ELED 4350 - Theory to Practice
6 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program. Strategies and techniques for guiding the learning of elementary school children. Development and use of materials in elementary classrooms with emphasis on explanation and experimentation. Laboratory work and weekly seminar.

NOTE: Students must select a specific Residency I section and sign up for all corresponding classes in that particular section. Classes may not be selected from multiple sections.

ELED 4410 - Effective Instruction: Integrating Social Studies and A
4 credit hours

Prerequisite: Admission to teacher education program. Familiarizes teacher candidates with classroom management strategies:4-8, best practices of social studies instruction, and the integration of both with classroom and standardized assessments to enable the planning, design, and implementation of a standards-based social studies curriculum.

NOTE: Students must select a specific Residency I section and sign up for all corresponding classes in that particular section. Classes may not be selected from multiple sections.

For more information, contact:


Linda Copciac
Executive Aide
Room 314 I, College of Education Building
(615) 898-5016
Linda.Copciac@mtsu.edu 

MT One Stop
Phone: 615-898-2111
Fax: 615-904-8423
MTOneStop@mtsu.edu

MTSU College of Graduate Studies
Voice: 615-898-2840
Fax:   615-904-8020
graduate@mtsu.edu 

Miller’s Analogy Test InformationRegister and call Testing Services at 615-898-2863 to make an appointment.

Contact and Student Information

Dr. Tracey Huddleston
Tracey.Huddleston@mtsu.edu
615-898-5500

Dr. Tracey Huddleston
Tracey.Huddleston@mtsu.edu
615-898-5500

Elementary and Special Education Department
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Murfreesboro, TN  37132

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