Graduate Studies in Education

 Dr. Sharen L. Cypress, Dean                   Dr. Gene Reeves, Department Chair          NCATE Accreditation Logo

 Dr. Sharen L. Cypress                   Dr. Gene Reeves
Dean, College of Education            Department Chair
     and Behavioral Sciences

Accreditation Renewed
NCATE Grants Continuing Accreditation to FHU’s School of Education
On April 24, 2013, the School of Education received official notification from The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) of the Unit Accreditation Board (UAB) decision to continue accreditation of the School of Education at the initial and advanced preparation levels (Professional School Counseling and School Administration-K-12 Educational Leadership). NCATE accreditation indicates that the unit and its programs meet rigorous standards set forth by the professional education community. The School of Education was initially accredited by NCATE in 1982.

The UAB decision was the culminating step in the continuing accreditation review process. During the 2010-2012 academic years, the School of Education completed an institutional report, prepared extensive evidence for an electronic exhibit room, and hosted an eight-person Board of Examiners team for an on-site visit, November 11-13, 2012. The team interviewed some 140 administrators, School of Education, School of Sciences and Mathematics, and School of Arts & Humanities faculty members, teacher education candidates and alumni, and K-12 school partners. In accord with the state partnership agreement between NCATE and the Tennessee Department of Education, the Board of Examiners was a joint national and state team. The School of Education received the Board of Examiners’ Report in November summarizing their findings and recommendations.

Dean Sharen Cypress stated, "The visit by the NCATE and Tennessee state team affirmed that the work being done at the School of Education meets the highest standards for the preparation of education professionals. The accreditation process is so comprehensive that the entire community has to be involved. We are extremely proud and grateful of the response from our FHU community."

Greetings! Welcome to our site. Please spend some time learning about our quality graduate program that might 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.

The graduate office in Memphis is staffed with a full-time director, Dr. Karen Cypress, 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 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 and the Education Specialist Degree (Ed. S.) in School 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, 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.