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MEd for Teach for America

The Master of Education for Teach for America program offers Teach for America participants the opportunity to earn a graduate degree and receive a 20% discount on tuition.

CBU’s 33-hour MEd degree is tailored to reflect the core values of servant leadership and teaching as a vocation through coursework and experiential learning. Educational ethics, leadership skills, and action research are three main areas of study.

Blending traditional face-to-face lecture courses, hybrid and online courses, the program is structured to meet the needs of the working classroom teacher. A specific perspective for teachers who work within the Memphis metro area is included in the program; however, the degree will prove valuable whether you stay in the Memphis Metro area or move on to another state.

Program Requirements

  • 18 credit hours - Core courses
  • 6 credit hours - Electives
  • 9 credit hours - Experiential learning

Core Courses

  • Teacher as Leader
  • The Philosophy and Ethics of Education
  • Midpoint Assessment
  • Ed Research
  • Capstone
  • Whole School Renewal

Experiential Credit

  • Classroom Leadership
  • Urban Teaching Strategies
  • Fundamentals of Urban Education

Electives

You may choose two electives from CIED, EDFD, LEAD, READ, EDTC, EDDL, or LEAD courses.

Program Costs

Graduate MEd tuition is $600 per credit hour, but through the University’s partnership with Teach for America, the cost is reduced by 20% for a total of $480 per credit hour. The cost for experiential learning credits is $1350 for the entire program ($150 per credit hour), a substantial savings over the cost of a comparable number of credit hours.

Faculty

Graduate education faculty have a wealth of real life experience to share with you. Your success is of prime importance to them, and you will get all of the help and support you need.

Accreditation

Christian Brothers University is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) and approved by the State Department of Education of Tennessee as a Teacher Training Institution. CBU is a member of the National Catholic Educational Association and the Tennessee Association of Colleges.

How to Apply

Application Deadlines

Students typically enter the CBU program in the summer or fall following their first year of teaching service. If your situation does not match this, contact the Education Department at graduateeducation@cbu.edu

  • For January entry: all application materials must be received, and interview must be conducted before the last week of December.
  • For June entry: all application materials must be received, and interview must be conducted before the last week of May.
  • August entry: all application materials must be received, and interview must be conducted before the last week of July.

A complete application consists of the following: 

  • MEd application. Please DO NOT send application materials such as transcripts without first completing an online application file. Make sure that your application includes an email address for a signature from a TFA official.
  • Admissions testing:
    • You will be exempted if the cumulative grade point average for your undergraduate degree was at least a 2.75 (on a 4.0 scale) AND you have passed all Praxis II tests for your licensure area.
    • If you are not exempted from admissions testing, you must present passing scores on either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). The minimum score on the MAT is 40; the passing score on the GRE is 310
  • Essay on your philosophy of teaching and education. You may address any of the following topics:
    • The purpose of schooling in society
    • The role of leadership in the life of a school
    • The educational needs of today's students
    • What kind of curriculum is important in the 21st century
    • What constitutes effective school leadership
    • The role of the school leader in today's society
    • The qualities that characterize excellence in leadership
  • Copy of teaching license (please attach to the online application).
  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended. Student copies will not be accepted. The transcript must be sent directly from the university to CBU Graduate and Professional Studies.
  • Copies of all Praxis II tests completed up to this point.
  • Copy of your background check within the last year, or to have your fingerprints taken, contact IdentoGO services at www.identogo.com. Select NonDCS Child Care/Adoption Providers as the Agency and Child-Related Worker (Private) as the Applicant Type. Provide CBU’s ORI# TNCC79123. Once you are fingerprinted, the information will be sent to TAPS and CBU should receive a full report in about one week. 

Email all items to: GraduateEducation@cbu.edu.

Interview

After a successful review of the application, you will be invited for an interview with the Graduate Education Admissions Committee.

Contact Us

For more information, contact the program director, Dr. Cort Casey, at cort.casey@cbu.edu or at (901) 321-4101.

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