Graduate Studies in Education

Thank you for visiting the Graduate Studies in Education programs offered by the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences at Freed-Hardeman University.  We offer well-designed, challenging, and highly successful educational programs that can help you meet your professional and personal goals. The programs in the Graduate Studies in Education are accredited and have a reputation of producing competent professionals in the field of education. Graduate courses are offered on the main campus in Henderson and in Memphis.  If we can assist you in any way, please contact our graduate office.


Dr. Sharen L. Cypress
Dean, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences


Dr. Gene Reeves
Licensure Officer


The graduate office in Memphis is staffed with two full-time directors, Dr. Aarek Farmer as academic director and Mr. Steve Ritter as operational director, as well as a full-time secretary and a graduate assistant. The office is located at 5565 Shelby Oaks Drive, Memphis, TN 38134. This is also the site of many of our graduate classes.

Freed-Hardeman University began a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction in 1985. Since that time, programs have been added leading to licensure in elementary and secondary education, special education emphasis, administration and supervision, school counseling, the Education Specialist Degree (Ed. S.) in Instructional Leadership, and the Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Instructional Leadership. Programs are accredited on state, regional and national levels, and are designed for those who are teaching or desire to teach. They also offer opportunities for advanced study to people in education support roles and education-related fields. Licensed teachers may complete endorsements in administration and supervision or special education while completing the Master of Education program. It is also possible for people who hold a non-teaching baccalaureate degree to meet requirements for initial Tennessee licensure on a graduate level leading to the Master of Education.

As a Christian university, Freed-Hardeman offers high-quality secular programs within a Christian environment. These are student-centered programs intended to assist graduate students to achieve their personal and professional goals in a timely manner. Competent and caring advisors are assigned to each student to assist in program planning and other areas of need. Flexible scheduling, competitive tuition rates, strong programs, and values based coursework characterize this graduate program.

Information packets can be obtained by calling the main office at 1-800-348-3481 ext. 6082 (or 731-989-6082), the Memphis office at 901-383-8972, emailing at or visiting either office. Advisors are also available to answer questions by phone. If we can assist you in any way, please contact either graduate office.