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For more than 140 years, Christian Brothers University has played a vital role in helping teachers make a difference in the lives of children. The University’s legacy of teaching goes back even further than that; the founder of the Christian Brothers order, St. John Baptist de La Salle, is the Patron Saint of teachers.??

Educators prepared at CBU are teachers who lead and serve. Today, CBU continues to offer programs that meet the needs of educators and help teachers and leaders make a difference.

In keeping with the longstanding Lasallian tradition of teaching excellence, the Department of Education offers undergraduate and graduate programs to prepare students for initial teaching licensure and also graduate programs for those already licensed and experienced as teachers.

The NCATE/ CAEP visit occurred April 21-23, 2015. Results of the findings indicated that the CBU Department of Education has met all 6 NCATE standards. Full accreditation decisions were made public in the fall of 2015. As part of our on-going accreditation, CAEP requires universities to post candidate scores for public information. Click here for a candidate performance overview for the past 3 years.  


Christian Brothers University offers two teacher residency models, LANCE (Lasallian Association of New Catholic Educators) and LEaPS (Lasallian Educators and Professional Scholars). Both residencies are innovative two-year post-graduate service programs that seek to develop a corps of highly motivated and committed educators to meet the needs of children in Memphis area elementary and secondary schools.

Tuition for these program participants is 100% subsidized. Teachers live in community on the CBU campus throughout the program and receive a stipend for their teaching.

During the school year, teachers serve as full-time teachers in Catholic, charter or public schools. Courses are completed through intensive on-campus study during the summer and evenings during the school year.

For more information contact:

Colleen Boyette
Department of Education
Christian Brothers University
650 East Parkway South
Memphis, TN 38104
Office: (901)321-3119

Instruction Coaching Certification Program

The Instructional Coaching Certification Program (ICCP) can be a stand-alone program for those seeking certification for employment and who already have a master’s degree.

It can also be a concentration for those admitted to the MED program. The program consists of 12 hours of graduate coursework. Courses: LEAD 612, 621, 632, and 665.

Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics, & Medicine (STEMM) CoLab Education Certificate Program

The certificate includes the study of STEM teaching principles, project-based learning methods, collaborative learning and assessment, and a focus on integration of mathematics and computer programming skills.

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, and Medicine (STEMM) CoLab is a partnership between Christian Brothers University and Christian Brothers High School to provide a rigorous and innovative STEMM education program for high school students.

STEMM CoLab developed this certificate program with the objective to improve educator pedagogy in STEMM education across the academic disciplines while focusing on two (2) themes: (1) curriculum authoring and (2) technology integration.

CIED 693. STEM Education: A Methodology for All Disciplines (Oct. 2014)
CIED 694. Facilitating Questions and Creating Problems (Jan. 2015)
CIED 695. Applying Mathematics Across Disciplines (March 2015)
CIED 696. Computer Programming Skills Across Disciplines (June 2015)

All applicants to the STEMM program will be admitted as either:
  1. M.Ed. student at CBU or 
  2. Special Student - special student application and transcripts required 
  3. (click the appropriate link below for the correct admissions requirement)

Special Student Admission Requirements: Special Student Application and all official transcripts from undergraduate as well as graduate institutions are required for admission. Send transcripts and applications to:

Department of Education
Attn: Transcripts
Christian Brothers University
Memphis, TN 38104

STEMM courses can be applied toward the M.Ed. program upon successful completion and having been fully admitted into the M.Ed. program, either currently or within five (5) years.

CBU graduate course credit can only be granted to those admitted into the M.Ed. program or admitted as a special student prior to the beginning of any course.

Be sure to contact the department at (901) 321-4350 to enroll in the course(s).

Certificate of Completion issued by CBU Department of Education – courses are not applicable toward teacher licensure.

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