Master of Education Curriculum & Instruction and Instructional Leadership
The admission requirements for the Master of Education degree are a two-step process.
LEVEL ONE: ADMISSION TO GRADUATE STUDIES
- To be admitted to graduate studies, the student must submit:
- the Application for Graduate Studies; with the required $25 fee:
- official transcripts of bachelor degree course work form an accredited institution
Post-Baccalaureate Students- it is the responsibility of the student to request the Post Bac Office to forward copies of transcripts, recommendation forms, and test scores to the Graduate Office.
The Dean of the School of Education approves admission to Graduate Studies. When the student has registered for at least one graduate-level course, the Dean will assign an advisor.
LEVEL TWO: ADMISSION TO DEGREE CANDIDACY
- After having successfully completed at least one graduate-level course, but not more than three courses (9 hours), a degree-seeking student will apply for degree candidacy. With the assistance of the assigned advisor, the student must submit:
- an application for Degree Candidacy for the Master of Education degree:
- appropriate scores from one of the following tests: GRE (3 general tests).
NTE-Prof Knowledge or Praxis-Principles of Learning & Teaching, or
Miller Analogies Test (scores must be from within the last 5 years):
- three Recommendation forms: and
- an advisor-approved program of study.
This program will include but not be limited to:
a. licensure goals:
(Licensure requirements will be coordinated with, but considered separately from, degree requirements.)
b. official transcripts supporting transfer credits (maximum of 9 hours from within the last 5 years): and
c. declaration of thesis or non-thesis program.
Upon completion of these requirements, the student's credentials will be presented to the
Graduate Admission Committee for admission to degree candidacy.
IT SHOULD BE NOTED THAT IN CASE THE STUDENT HAS COMPLETED MORE THAN NINE SEMESTER HOURS OF COURSEWORK PRIOR TO MAKING APPLICATION FOR DEGREE CANDIDACY, SOME COURSEWORK MAY NOT BE ALLOWED TO BE USED IN THE DEGREE PROGRAM.
When the program of study has been satisfactorily completed, the student requests the exit exam. If the program is a thesis program, the thesis defense becomes the exam and must be successfully completed. If the program is a non-thesis program, the candidate must successfully complete a comprehensive exam consisting of (I) "Personal Philosophy of Education" or "Personal Philosophy of Counseling" (2) a series of case studies based on knowledge of the School Leader Standards. The written comprehensive exam is a four-hour exam; but, in some cases, it may be conducted orally.
Instructional Leadership(Leadership License)
The program is designed to license school administrators based on State Board policy and standards. In order to be eligible for the program, a candidate must have:
- a valid Tennessee Teacher License
- three years successful educational experience
- basic computer skills
- a completed Recommendation for Consideration by a practicing administrator
- completed the university application process
All prospective Instructional Leadership(Leadership license) students must complete the following requirements after being recommended by their particular school systems:
- Submit to LMU a completed Recommendation for Consideration for the Lincoln Memorial University Educational Administration and Supervision Licensure Program. This form must be completed by a practicing administrator. When the Recommendation for Consideration form has been submitted to Lincoln Memorial, an application packet will be mailed to the student.
- Complete the Application for Graduate Education Studies, Educational Administration and Supervision Program form. A $25 application fee is required to be attached to the form. Official transcripts verifying the bachelor’s degree must be forwarded to Lincoln Memorial University from the bachelor’s degree institution.
- Complete the Candidate Portfolio requirements and forward to the Graduate Education office.
- Copy of current teacher license
- Evidence of three years successful educational experience
- Copy of most recent performance appraisal
- Copy of current professional development plan
- Evidence of ability to improve student achievement and also demonstrate leadership in coaching other teachers to raise achievement
- Evidence of knowledge about curriculum, instruction, and assessment
- A personal statement of career goals and how the preparation program would assist the candidate in reaching those goals
- Recommendation as stated in each partnership agreement
- Evidence that describes qualities of collaboration, cooperation, and relationship building
- Demonstration of effective oral and written communication skills Candidates may select additional information to be included in the portfolio to demonstrate leadership potential. The portfolio should be submitted to the graduate office (two paper copies).