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Master of Education (M.Ed.)

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree program is designed to provide advanced professional development for already licensed classroom teachers. The M.Ed. is also appropriate for others in the field of education, e.g., community educators, professional staff and administrators at area community colleges, and trainers/developers in corporate or non-profit settings.

Degree Design

The M.Ed. degree, usually used for advanced professional development, is available in two tracks:

  • Teacher-leadership
  • Curriculum and instruction.

The M.Ed. can also be tailored to a second endorsement in a desired area: elementary education, middle school education, secondary education licenses and a concentration for reading specialists.

Admission Requirements

  • Clarify your goal: if you want to stay in the classroom, the Master of Education degree is the way to go; if you are planning to go into administration, you want to pursue an M.S. in Educational Leadership
  • Obtain the right admissions packet for your goal. Call the Adult Professional Studies office at (901) 321-3291 with your mailing information or download the application in .pdf format
  • If you are a fully licensed teacher already, you do not have further testing to do. If you have less than a 2.75 undergraduate gpa and are not a fully licensed teacher, we request an acceptable GRE or MAT score.

To Apply

A complete application consists of the following:

  • M.Ed. Application
  • M.Ed. Application Attachments
  • Official transcripts (with an undergraduate GPA of 3.0 minimum)
  • M.Ed. Graduate Recommendation Form
  • Essays

Essays should include:
1. Philosophy of Teaching essay (1-2 pages). Some suggested topics include (you do not need to address all of these):

  • The purpose of schooling in society
  • The role of learning in the life of a person
  • The educational needs of today’s students
  • The kind of curriculum that is important in the 21st century
  • How children and young people learn best
  • What constitutes effective teaching
  • The role of the teacher in today’s society
  • The qualities that characterize excellence in teaching
  • Challenges facing today’s schools

2. Goals essay (1-2 pages). This essay should describe your goals in gaining a graduate degree and/or licensure.


After a successful review of the application, you will be invited for an interview with the Graduate Education Admissions Committee. For information on financial your degree, please take a look at the Financial Aid section of our website.

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