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Curriculum and Instruction (Non-Licensure) M.Ed. Online

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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 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 in a cohort as they complete online coursework.

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Program’s flexibility lets students maintain healthy work-life balance

Chad Lyon teaches Interdisciplinary Science and Research (ISR) at Stratford STEM School in Nashville, TN. He develops 4 years of curriculum alongside a Vanderbilt Post-Doctoral Scientist to deliver college-level research goals and experimental designs for his pathway of classes. He stated that as a coach, educator, and father, the flexibility of the Curriculum and Instruction Online Program allowed him to successfully work toward finishing his Master’s Degree without sacrificing other personal and teaching commitments. He expects the degree to increase his marketability as an educator in the regional market and abroad.

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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.

Please view the Academic Map to get acquainted with the program curriculum. The full catalog details will be shared at the beginning of the new semester.

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

Ashlee Hover, Program Director

Who is My Advisor?

Dr. Ashlee Hover
Assistant Professor
Womack Educational Leadership
Middle Tennessee State University
COE 384/Box 91
Murfreesboro, TN  37132

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Department of Educational Leadership
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MTSU Box 91
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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1301 East Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

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