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Master of Education Hybrid Graduate Degree Program | LMU

Lincoln Memorial University's three semester hybrid Masters of Education program will provide you with unique experiences to enrich your abilities as an educator. Our methods are proven to prepare you for the hiring process so you can hit the ground running right after finishing this program. LMU proudly graduates more school administrators from this program than any other institution in Tennessee. You'll have the opportunity for mentorship with retired and working administrators and practical learning experiences to help you excel in your coursework. When it's time for exams, our department offers free study sessions so that everyone can prepare as a cohort.

We've designed this program for existing educators and their busy schedules with a flexible hybrid format. As fellow educators, our goal is to provide the foundation for your continued success as an educational leader, mentor, and colleague. Apply Now

Explore Master of Education Majors

Learn more about the various graduate-level hybrid education degrees offered here at LMU.

The Instructional Leadership Licensure Program (IL)

The IL major is right for you if you seek to obtain a leadership license. You will develop leadership skills in an educational environment that focuses on leading and developing teachers at the building or district level. This focus provides the tools needed to increase a teachers' effectiveness, instructional strategies, and student assessment.

The degree requirements include 33 semester credit hours of successful coursework. A Program of Study must be filed after official written notification of admission to graduate studies has been received. The program is designed to license school administrators based on State Board policy and standards. To be eligible for the program, you must have:

  • A valid Tennessee Teacher License
  • State required educational experience
  • Basic computer skills
  • A completed Recommendation for Consideration by a practicing administrator
  • Completed the application process

Educational Leadership (EL)

Please note: the EL program does NOT lead to Initial Tennessee Leadership Licensure.

The EL major is suitable if you already hold Leadership Licensure, live out of state, or are higher education personnel. This program is right for you if you seek improvement with best practices in organizational leadership, innovative strategic school improvement, organizational alignment, and data collection and analysis to improve the overall school community.

The degree requirements include 33 semester credit hours of successful coursework. A Program of Study must be filed after official written notification of admission to graduate studies has been received.

INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICE (IP)

The purpose of the concentration in Instructional Practice is to provide opportunities for candidates to develop new skills, update knowledge, and engage in professional development. The program will provide opportunities for candidates to explore the ever-evolving instructional practices spanning K-12 general education and special education students and settings. Candidates with this concentration normally are licensed teachers.

The degree requirements include 33-semester credit hours of successful coursework. A Program of Study must be filed after official written notification of admission to graduate studies has been received. 

Explore Masters of Education Programs of Study

Learn more about the various Master's education programs offered here:

Admissions

The admission requirements for the Master of Education degree include a two-step process. 

For any questions regarding admissions to the Master of Education (Leadership), please contact Lisa Horton at lisa.horton@lmunet.edu or 800.325.0900, ext. 7057. 

For any questions regarding admissions to the Master of Education (Instructional Practice), please contact Stephanie Johnson at s.jeffers-johnson@lmunet.edu or 800.325.0900, ext. 4136

Instructional Practice

Initial Program Admittance for Instructional Practice (IP) majors:

  • Complete and submit program application by the deadline - use the online graduate application by clicking the "Apply" button at the top of the page
  • Submit $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Request 1 official transcript for your bachelor degree
  • Request 1 official transcript for any coursework beyond your bachelor degree
    • Submit transcripts to: LMU, Graduate Education, 421 North Park 40 Blvd., Knoxville, TN 37923 or by email to: s.jeffers-johnson@lmunet.edu 

Exit Requirements: 

  • Successful completion of all required coursework
  • Successful completion of comprehensive exam
  • Intent to Graduate form 
  • Graduation fee

Educational Leadership

Initial Progarm Admittance (Level 1) for Educational Leadership (EL) majors:

  • Complete and submit program application by the deadline - use the online graduate application by clicking the "Apply" button at the top of the page
  • Submit $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Request 1 official transcript for your bachelor degree
  • Request 1 official transcript for any coursework beyond your bachelor degree
    • Submit transcripts to: LMU, Graduate Education Department, 6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway, BE Suite 237, Harrogate, TN 37752 or by email to: Lisa.Horton@LMUnet.edu

Level 2 Program Admittance for EL majors (before completion of first semester):

  • Application for Degree Candidacy 
  • Three recommendation forms
  • LMU Director-approved program of study
  • Acknowledgement of receipt of guidelines

Exit Requirements:

  • Successful completion of all course requirements
  • Comprehensive Exam - see graduate catalog for more exam information
  • Intent to graduate form
  • Graduation fee

Instructional Leadership

Initial Program Admittance (Level 1) for Instructional Leadership (IL) majors:

  • Complete and submit program application by the deadline - use the online graduate application by clicking the "Apply" button found at the top of the page
  • Submit $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Request 1 official transcript for your bachelor degree
  • Request 1 official transcript for any coursework beyond your bachelor degree
    • Submit transcripts to: LMU, Graduate Education Department, 6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway, BE Suite 237, Harrogate, TN 37752 or by email to: Lisa.horton@LMUnet.edu 
  • Pre-admissions packet - these requirements will be provided to you upon submission of your online application
  • IL Admission Portfolio - Information will be provided to applicants upon receipt of the pre-admissions packet 
  • IL DAP interview

Level 2 Program Admittance for IL majors (before completion of the first semester):

  • LMU Director-approved program of study
  • Acknowledgement of receipt of guidelines
  • School Leadership Licensure Assessment (SLLA) - leadership candidates must also pass this exam as a graduation requirement

Exit Requirements:

  • Successful completion of all course requirements
  • School Leadership Licensure Assessment (SLLA)/Exit Interview/Completion of 100 practicum hours with a licensed TN administrator
  • Intent to Graduate form
  • Graduation fee

 

General Info

The Instructional Leadership Licensure Program

The IL major is suitable for candidates who are seeking to obtain leadership licensure. The candidate will develop the necessary leadership skills in an education environment that focus on leading and developing teachers at either the building or district level. This focus provides the necessary tools to increase teachers' effectiveness, instructional strategies, and student assessment. The degree requirements include 33 semester credit hours of successful coursework. A program of study must be filed, after official written notification of admission to graduate studies has been received. 

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
  • State required educational experience
  • Basic technology skills
  • Completed recommendation for consideration by a practicing administrator
  • Completed the application process

Educational Leadership: NOT leading to initial Tennessee leadership license

The EL major is suitable for candidates already holding leadership licensure, out-of-state candidates, higher education personnel, and practitioners seeking improvement with best practices in organizational leadership, innovative strategic school improvement, organizational alignment, and data collection and analysis to improve the school community. The degree requirements include 33 semester credit hours of successful coursework. A program of study must be filed, after official written notification of admission to graduate studies has been received.

Instructional Practice 

The Instructional Practice concentration is ideal for current educators who are interested in building upon their skillset and current area of expertise. Beyond the core curriculum, candidates may take coursework relevant to their field of specialization (general education or special education). 

Master of Education Hybrid Cohort Program

The MEd hybrid cohort program is a 33-semester hour program designed to extend and expand the candidate's level of professional competence beyond that attained at the bachelor's level. This program will bring the candidate up to date on master's level information relevant to their field of specialization, to stimulate the candidate to read and understand research in their field of specialization, and to prepare the candidate for leadership roles. 

Candidates enter and move through the program as a hybrid cohort, engaging in current research related to individual interests. In a hybrid program, a majority of the coursework including instructional and assessment will be done online through Canvas and Watermark. Candidates are expected to complete learning modules and required discussions by specified dates. A portion of the program is conducted face-to-face. This provides candidates an opportunity for collaboration and group work. 

We also offer the option of meeting with our faculty up to three times per semester at times and locations most convenient for the student. This time will not include lecture, instead just provide the student an opportunity to build a relationship with their professors and have any questions answered on a one-on-one basis. 

Contact Us

Lisa Horton
800.325.0900 ext. 7057

lisa.horton@LMUnet.edu

Stephanie Johnson
865.531.4116
s.jeffers-johnson@lmunet.edu 

Carter & Moyers School of Education
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway,
Harrogate, TN 37752
423.869.3611
800.325.0900