Master of Education (M.Ed.)

Programs Available


M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction (Non-licensure) - online program
An online program intended for students seeking an advanced degree without initial or add-on licensure.

M.A.T., Master of Arts in Teaching (Teaching Licensure)
A program for those who have a baccalaureate degree and are seeking a Master of Education along with initial licensure to teach or an add-on in secondary or elementary licensure.

M.A.T., Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education (Teaching Licensure)
A program leading to a Master of Special Education and licensure. 

M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership with a concentration in Administration and Supervision
A program for students with teaching licensure who desire to complete a Master of Education in instructional leadership, concentration in administration and supervision (K-12).

M.Ed. in Instructional Leadership with a concentration in Teacher Leadership
A program for students who do not want a license in administration and supervision but wish to work in a leadership capacity in K-12.

M.Ed. in School Counseling
A program leading to a Master of Education and licensure, initial or add-on, in school counseling (K-12).

 

Bible Course
A requirement of the Graduate Studies in Education Program is the successful completion of a Bible course, BIB 540 Introduction to Christianity, through which the student is exposed to a basic overview of the Bible. The Bible serves as a foundation for personal conduct and ethical behavior in an educational setting.

Another requirement of the Graduate Studies in Education Program is the successful completion of the course EDU 500 Introduction to Graduate Studies, through which the student is provided an orientation to the university, graduate studies, use of library resources, preparation of a portfolio, and advising. NOTE:  Students cannot go beyond six hours in their program without completing this course.

NOTE: Freed-Hardeman University is a private, Christian university. The School of Education reserves the right to deny admission or drop from its programs those who fail to meet program criteria, whose personal conduct is seen as not in harmony with Christian education, or who, for other reasons, are not seen as able to successfully serve as an educator.


Master of Education Major in Curriculum and Instruction (Online Non-Licensure Program)

Master of Education Major in Curriculum and Instruction (Online Non-Licensure Program)
Requires 36 hours: core curriculum (18 hours), approved electives (12 hours), and a culminating capstone action research project (6 hours) for a total of 36 hours 

COURSE OF STUDY FOR M.Ed. MAJOR IN CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION (ONLINE NON-LICENSURE PROGRAM)

I.  Core Curriculum
EDU 501 Research Methods (Web Conferencing) 3 hours
EDU 503 Developmental Psychology  3
EDU 505  Instructional Theory and Design (Web Conferencing) 
EDU 506  Computer Applications in Education 
EDU 508  Foundations of Curriculum 
BIB 540 Introduction to Christianity (Web Conferencing) 3
18 hours

II.  Electives

Curriculum and Instruction
EDU 512 Procedures in Classroom Management 3 hours
EDU 521 Reading in the Content Area 3
EDU 525 Learning Theory and Principles 3
EDU 526  Inclusive Teaching 3 
12 hours
     
School Counseling   
EDU 532  Theories of Child Counseling and Consulting  3 hours 
EDU 533  Career Development, Counseling, and Consulting in Schools 
EDU 535  Counseling Diverse Populations in Schools 
EDU 642  Advanced Technology for Educators  3 
    12 hours 
     
Special Education   
SPE 544  Managing Special-Needs Children  3 hours 
SPE 548  Consultation with School, Family, and Community 
SPE 561  Characteristics and Needs of Exceptional Children I (Modified) 
SPE 565  Techniques and Strategies I (Modified) (Web Conferencing)  3 
    12 hours 
     
Teacher Leadership   
EDU 618  Grant Writing  3 hours 
EDU 630  Professionalism and Ethics 
EDU 634  Seminar in Multicultural and Diversity Issues in Education 
(Web Conferencing)
EDU 642  Advanced Technology for Educators  3 
    12 hours 

III.  Capstone Courses (to be taken at the end of the program)

EDU 522A Thesis Research and Planning 3 hours
EDU 522 Thesis Preparation and Defense 3

6 hours


Total Hours 36 hours


Master of Arts in Teaching (Teaching Licensure Program)

Master of Arts in Teaching (Teaching Licensure Program)
Requires 37 hours
 of course work and a 12-hour student teaching semester


COURSE OF STUDY FOR M.A.T. (TEACHING LICENSURE PROGRAM)

I.    Required Core

EDU 500 Introduction to Graduate Studies 1 hour
EDU 501 Research Methods 3
BIB 540 Introduction to Christianity 3
7 hours

II.  Required Concentration

EDU 503 Developmental Psychology  3 hours
EDU 505 Instructional Theory and Design 3
EDU 506 Computer Applications in Education 3
EDU 508 Foundations of Curriculum
(Not required for PreK-3 Licensure)
3        
12 hours

 

III.  Other Courses (Required to meet state competencies)

        K-6 License

EDU 507A Practicum in Instructional Strategies 3 hours
EDU 510  Diagnosis and Remediation of Math Difficulties  3
EDU 511 Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties 3
EDU 512  Procedures in Classroom Management 
EDU 520 Instructional Strategies K-4 3
EDU 526  Inclusive Teaching 
EDU 530  Professional Reflective Seminar  1         
19 hours

 

       Pre K-3 License

EDU 507A      Practicum in Instructional Strategies                                       3 hours               
EDU 510  Diagnosis and Remediation of Math Difficulties    
EDU 511  Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties 
EDU 512  Procedures in Classroom Management 
EDU 520  Instructional Strategies K-4 
EDU 526  Inclusive Teaching 
EDU 527  Emergent Literacy 
EDU 530  Professional Reflective Seminar  1            
    22 hours 


        4-8 License

EDU 507A      Practicum in Instructional Strategies                                      3 hours      
EDU 510  Diagnosis and Remediation of Math Difficulties 
EDU 511  Diagnosis and Remediation of  Reading Difficulties
EDU 512  Procedures in Classroom Management 
EDU 525  Learning Theory and Principles 
EDU 526  Inclusive Teaching 
EDU 530  Professional Reflective Seminar  1          
    19 hours 

        7-12 License and K-12 Art, Music, & P.E.

EDU 507B Practicum in Instructional Strategies  3 hours
EDU 512  Procedures in Classroom Management 
EDU 521  Reading in the Content Area 
EDU 526  Inclusive Teaching 
EDU 530  Professional Reflective Seminar 
EDU 580  Legal and Ethical Issues in Education OR
EDU 513  Education Law  (3) 
EDU 525  Learning Theory and Principles  3          
19 hours

IV.  Student Teaching
EDU 524 Enhanced Student Teaching 12 hours
EDU 597  Mentoring in the Classroom*  1 hour 
 *Required for students hired on a transitional license  

Exit Requirements

  1. Admission to Teacher Education Program and Candidacy status
  2. Minimum of 24 graduate hours applicable to the teaching licensure program
  3. Successful completion of: EDU 503 Developmental Psychology, EDU 505 Instructional Theory and Design, EDU 507 Practicum in Instructional Strategies, EDU 508 Foundations in Curriculum, EDU 510 Diagnosis and Remediation of Math Difficulties, EDU 511 Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties or EDU 521 Reading in the Content Area, EDU 512 Procedures in Classroom Management, EDU 520 Teaching Strategies K-4, EDU 526 Inclusive Teaching, EDU 527 Emergent Literacy, and EDU 525 Learning Theory and Principles as the program requires
  4. Cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.0 or above
  5. Acceptable application to student teaching submitted by the required date
  6. Approval of the Teacher Education Committee
  7. Admission to Student Teaching
Applications for student teaching are available online on the School of Education website and should be submitted online no later than February 1 for the fall semester and September 1 for the spring semester. The application must be approved by the Director of Field Experiences and the Teacher Education Committee before the student may engage in student teaching. Student teachers must have evidence of liability insurance coverage and must complete an approved background check administered through the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Procedures for obtaining the background check are outlined on the School of Education website and the Graduate Studies in Education website. Student teaching is such a demanding responsibility that students may not take additional coursework or participate in extracurricular activities during the student teaching semester.

NOTE: Required years of experience as a classroom teacher may be approved as a substitute for student teaching on an individual basis. Teaching experience being used to substitute for student teaching must be formally approved at the beginning of the student's licensure program. No less than ten months of teaching experience in lieu of Student Teaching can be applied. No more than three years (that is school district's decision) can be applied. The teaching experience has to be full-time teacher of record in a public K-12 school.


Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education (Teaching Licensure Program)

Master of Education in Special Education (Teaching Licensure Program)
Requires 37 hours
 of course work and a 12-hour student teaching semester


COURSE OF STUDY FOR M.ED. MAJOR IN SPECIAL EDUCATION (TEACHING LICENSURE PROGRAM)


BIB 540 Introduction to Christianity 3 hours
EDU 500 Introduction to Graduate Studies 1
EDU 501 Research Methods 3
EDU 503 Developmental Psychology 3
EDU 505 Instructional Theory & Design 3
EDU 511  Diagnosis and Remediation of Reading Difficulties 
SPE 544 Managing Special-Needs Children  3
SPE 547 Assessment in Special Education 3
SPE 548 Consultation with School, Family, and Community 3
SPE 578 Technology and the Special Education Teacher 3
    28 hours 


Modified

SPE 543       Diagnostic Teaching                                                                  3               
SPE 561 Characteristics and Needs of Exceptional Children (Modified) 
SPE 565  Techniques & Strategies I (Modified)  3
    9 hours 

OR

Comprehensive

SPE 571        Characteristics and Needs of Exceptional Children
(Comprehensive)                                     
3       
SPE 575  Techniques & Strategies I (Comprehensive)                             
SPE 583  Health and Related Issues  3 
    9 hours 
     
    37 hours 

Additional Courses Required for Licensure

EDU 524      Enhanced Student Teaching*                                                              12     
EDU 530  Professional Reflective Seminar 

*If working on Transitional License, candidates will take EDU 597 Mentoring in the Classroom
for 1 hour credit in lieu of student teaching.  Please contact FHU's licensure officer, Rhonda Jones,
at (731) 989-6074.

Exit Requirements  

  1. Admission to Teacher Education Program and Candidacy status
  2. Minimum of 24 graduate hours applicable to the teaching licensure program
  3. Successful completion of all SPE courses
  4. Cumulative graduate grade point average of 3.0 or above
  5. Acceptable application to student teaching submitted by the required date
  6. Approval of the Teacher Education Committee
NOTE: No less than 10 months of teaching experience in lieu of student teaching. No more than three years (that is school district's decision). The teaching experience has to be full-time teacher of record in a public K-12 school.


Master of Education Major in Instructional Leadership with a Concentration in Administration and Supervision (Licensure Program) OR a Concentration in Teacher Leadership (Non-Licensure Program)

The licensure program is a 40-hour program consisting of a 22-hour core in curriculum and instruction and 18 hours of upper-level instructional leadership courses.  The add-on licensure requires passing of the PRAXIS Instructional Leadership Test, along with appropriate recommendations for the program.

The non-licensure program is a 37-hour program consisting of a 22-hour core in curriculum and instruction and 15 hours of upper-level leadership courses.



COURSE OF STUDY FOR M.Ed. DEGREE MAJOR IN INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP WITH A CONCENTRATION IN ADMINISTRATION AND SUPERVISION (LICENSURE PROGRAM)


I.  Required Core

EDU 500 Introduction to Graduate Studies 1 hour
EDU 501 Research Methods 3
EDU 503 Developmental Psychology 3
EDU 505 Instructional Theory and Design 3
EDU 506 Computer Applications in Education 3
EDU 508 Foundations of Curriculum 3
EDU 513 Education Law OR 3
EDU 635 Advanced Legal Issues in School Administration (3)
BIB 540  Introduction to Christianity  3 
22 hours


II.  Administrative Courses* 

EDU 601 Foundations of School Administration and Supervision 3 hours
EDU 610 Leadership Theories and Applications 3
EDU 611 School Business Management 3
EDU 612 School and Community Relations 3
EDU 613   The Principalship 3
EDU 614  Instructional Leadership Licensure Internship  3 
18 hours
     
Total Hours    40 hours 

*FHU is obligated to maintain compliance with the Instructional Leadership Licensure (ILL) requirements as established by the Tennessee Department of Education (TNDOE). The TNDOE may change ILL requirements as directed by the appropriate oversight commissions at any time.  FHU will make appropriate modifications to the curriculum based on the directives received by the TNDOE.


Exit Requirements

  1. Successful completion of the above course work with a 3.0 GPA and any other requirements for the M.Ed. degree.
  2. Completion of all courses within a six-year period (M.Ed.). Upon enrolling in EDU 601 Foundations of School Administration and Supervision, students will have three years to complete Instructional Leadership Licensure (ILL) requirements.
  3. Passage of the comprehensive examination (M.Ed.).
  4. Passage of the PRAXIS Leadership Test (6011) or other appropriate state-approved test.
  5. Exit interview with the Director of Instructional Leadership will include insuring that candidate's internship artifacts demonstrate the required competencies outlined in the Tennessee Instructional Leadership Standards (TILS). Students will electronically record internship artifacts on TaskStream. Dr. Gene Reeves (greeves@fhu.edu) is the candidate's point of contact for this task. Completed disposition assessments by the candidate's mentor in EDU 610, 611, 612, and 613 will be submitted. The candidate will present their final TILS assessment, signed by the student and mentor, to the Director of Instructional Leadership program for an exit interview. Other file criteria must be completed at the candidate's exit interview as directed by the Director of Instructional Leadership Program.


COURSE OF STUDY FOR M.Ed. DEGREE MAJOR IN INSTRUCTIONAL LEADERSHIP WITH A CONCENTRATION IN TEACHER LEADERSHIP (NON-LICENSURE PROGRAM)


I.  Required Core


EDU 500 Introduction to Graduate Studies 1 hour
EDU 501 Research Methods 3
EDU 503 Developmental Psychology 3
EDU 506 Computer Applications in Education 3
EDU 508 Foundations of Curriculum 3
EDU 513 Education Law OR 3
EDU 635 Advanced Legal Issues in School Administration (3)
BIB 540  Introduction to Christianity  3 
19 hours


II.  Teacher Leadership Courses 

EDU 601 Foundations of School Administration and Supervision 3 hours
EDU 610 Leadership Theories and Applications 3
EDU 620 Administrative Issues in Special Education 3
EDU 637 Data Analysis for School Improvement 3
EDU 639 Development of Professional Learning Communities 3 
15 hours
     
Total Hours    34 hours 



Master of Education Major in School Counseling

Freed-Hardeman University offers a Master of Education (M.Ed.) in School Counseling also leading to Tennessee licensure as a school counselor for K-12 schools. This program consists of a unique blend of graduate classes in education, special education and counseling leading to the knowledge and skills necessary to work with students, parents, teachers, administrators, and outside agencies. The plan consists of 52 hours of coursework including 6 hours of internship. Those without teaching licensure and/or classroom experience are required to complete an additional practicum in a K-12 public classroom setting. 

Admissions Criteria (Regular Admission)

  1. Application and application fee
  2. Recommendation from university teacher, employer/supervisor and from someone who can serve as a reference for character
  3. Transcripts showing all undergraduate and graduate work
  4. Form indicating any criminal background
  5. Test score on one of two tests (MAT or GRE) or a master's degree
  6. Cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher on undergraduate work
  7. Interview with appropriate advisor

NOTE: As with other education programs, Freed-Hardeman University reserves the right to deny admission to any applicant due to matters of conduct, background, and/or perceived potential as a counselor or educator.

Students must have a minimum 3.0 graduate GPA and the required PRAXIS examination must be passed before a recommendation will be made for a license in School Counseling. Registration materials may be obtained in the office of the Dean.


COURSE OF STUDY FOR M.ED. MAJOR IN SCHOOL COUNSELING

Program A - Program of Studies for individuals who are seeking a Master's degree in Education plus licensure in School Counseling.

I.  Required Core

BIB 540 Introduction to Christianity 3 hours
EDU 500  Introduction to Graduate Studies  1 
    4 hours
     
II. Required Concentration
 
EDU 501 Research Methods 3
EDU 503 Developmental Psychology 3
EDU 526 Inclusion Teaching 3
EDU 532 Theories of Child Counseling and Consulting 3
EDU 533 Career Development, Counseling, and Consulting in Schools 3
EDU 534 Introduction to Group Counseling in Schools 3
EDU 535 Counseling Diverse Populations in Schools 3
EDU 537 Clinical Techniques in School Counseling (Practicum) 3
EDU 538 Assessment for School Counselors 3
EDU 580 Legal & Ethical Issues in Education OR 3
EDU 513 Education Law
(3)
EDU 636 School Improvement 3
EDU 642 Advanced Technology for Educators 3
EDU 665 Organization and Administration of School Counseling 3
SPE 548 Consultation with School, Family, and Community 3
42 hours

 

III. Required for Licensure/Initial Licensure
EDU 695B Supervised Elementary/Middle Internship 3 hours
EDU 695C Supervised Secondary Internship 3
    6 hours 


Internship. The internship is the culminating experience in which the student practices the knowledge and skills learned in program coursework and in which he/she is expected to demonstrate mastery. This is a cooperative venture involving the student, a school district, and the university in which there is provided an environment to experience the responsibilities of a school counselor with the support and guidance of a mentor counselor. This experience will consist of the equivalent of full-time work for one semester (600 hours).

An "I", or incomplete, will be given for each internship, and the "I" will remain until both internships are passed with a "P" grade, the Clinical Portfolio finished, and School Counseling PRAXIS test has been passed.  At this point, the student will be ready for an exit interview with the director of school counseling, and if all requirements are completed, the student will apply for licensure through FHU's licensing officer.

Teaching Experience. This program will have as an emphasis the preparation of licensed teachers to add to their credentials licensure as school counselors. Those who do not have teaching licensure and/or experience as a classroom teacher will be considered for admission on an individual basis after a formal interview with the program director. If approved, a program will be planned which will include an additional  pre-practicum in a K-12 classroom.

The Director of School Counseling will supervise and administer this program in cooperation with the Director of Graduate Studies.

In addition to the competencies required for program approval by the State of Tennessee, those proposed by the American School Counselor Association and the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and related educational programs were used in the development of this program.

Those currently having a master's degree in counseling or education have the option of pursuing a licensure-only track. These will be evaluated on an individualized basis.


COURSE OF STUDY FOR LICENSURE IN SCHOOL COUNSELING

Program B - Program of Studies for individuals who are seeking licensure in School Counseling and hold a Master's degree in Education.

I. Individuals who are new to Freed-Hardeman University must complete the following course:

EDU 500    Introduction to Graduate Studies                                                1 hour      


II. *Individuals seeking licensure in School Counseling, with an M.Ed. and work experience in a PreK-12 educational setting, must complete 18 hours of School Counseling curriculum listed below in addition to both internship courses (6 hours).

EDU 532 Theories of Child Counseling and Consulting   3 hours
EDU 533  Career Development, Counseling, and Consulting in Schools    3 
EDU 534 Introduction to Group Counseling in Schools    3 
EDU 535  Counseling Diverse Populations in Schools     3 
EDU 537  Clinical Techniques in School Counseling (Practicum)    3 
EDU 538 Assessment for School Counselors    3 
EDU 580  Legal and Ethical Issues in Education OR    3 
EDU 513  Education Law    (3) 
EDU 665  Organization and Administration of School Counseling             3 
    18 hours  


III. Required for Licensure

EDU 695B      Supervised Elementary/Middle Internship                                 3                              
EDU 695C  Supervised Secondary Internship  3 
    6 hours 
     
Total Hours    25 hours


* Completion of the School Counseling licensure will not qualify students for LPC certification.


COURSE OF STUDY FOR LICENSURE IN SCHOOL COUNSELING

Program C- Program of Studies for individuals who are seeking licensure in School Counseling and hold an M.S. in Counseling

I.  Individuals who are new to Freed-Hardeman university must complete the following course:

EDU 500        Introduction to Graduate Studies                                    1 hour          


II.  *Individuals seeking licensure in School Counseling, with an M.S. in Counseling and work experience in a mental health, community or related counseling setting, must complete 18 hours of School Counseling curriculum listed below in addition to both internship courses (6 hours).

EDU 501        Research Methods                                                                 3            
EDU 503  Developmental Psychology 
EDU 526   Inclusive Teaching 
EDU 537  Clinical Techniques in School Counseling (Practicum)
EDU 580  Legal and Ethical Issues in Education OR 
EDU 513  Education Law (3) 
EDU 636  School Improvement 
EDU 642  Advanced Technology for Educators 
EDU 665  Organization and Administration of School Counseling 
SPE 548  Consultation with School, Family, and Community  3 
 
18 hours


III. Required for Licensure

EDU 695B      Supervised Elementary/Middle Internship                           3                            
EDU 695C  Supervised Secondary Internship  3 
    6 hours 
     
Total Hours    25 hours


*Completion of the School Counseling licensure will not qualify students for LPC certification.

Exit Requirements

  1. Successful completion of the previously mentioned coursework with a 3.0 GPA and other requirements for the M.Ed. degree.
  2. Successful completion of required internships.
  3. Completion of all courses within a six-year period (M.Ed.).
  4. Successful completion of comprehensive exam (M.Ed.).
  5. Appropriate score on the state-approved licensure examination.
  6. Recommendations by the Director of School Counseling, internship mentors, and superintendent/principal of the district where the internship was completed.