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, Ed.D.
Dean, College of Education and Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Amy Downey, Ed.D.
Interim Department Chair, Education Department



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 731-989-6510, 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.


Our campus is located at: 

5565 Shelby Oaks Dr.

Memphis, TN 38134



The Council for the Accreditation of Education Preparation (CAEP): Call for Third-party Comments for Freed-Hardeman University

The Department of Education at Freed-Hardeman University is hosting an accreditation visit by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) on November 17-19, 2019. Interested parties are invited to submit third-party comments to the site team. Please note that comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered at Freed-Hardeman University, and should specify the party's relationship to the provider (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates).

We invite you to submit written testimony to:

1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400
Washington, DC 20036
Or by email to:

Such comments must be within the specified period and based on the core tenets of CAEP accreditation standards of excellence, which recognize that:

In CAEP's performance-based system, accreditation is based on evidence that demonstrates that teacher candidates know the subject matter and can teach it effectively so that students learn. In the CAEP system, EPPs must prove that candidates can connect theory to practice and be effective in an actual P-12 classroom.

A professional education provider that is accredited by CAEP is expected to be involved in ongoing planning and evaluation; engaged in continuous assessment and development; ensure that faculty and programs reflect new knowledge, practice, and technologies; and be involved in continuous development in response to the evolving world of education and educational reform.

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of professional education programs offered, and should specify the respondent's relationship, if any, to the institution (i.e., graduate, present or former faculty member, employer of graduates). Copies of all correspondence received will be sent to the university for comment prior to the review. No anonymous testimony will be considered.