The admission process for the Master of Education degree involves two levels.
LEVEL ONE: ADMISSION TO GRADUATE STUDIES
To be admitted to graduate studies, the student must submit:
- The Application for Graduate Studies - Electronic or PDF, with the required $50 fee
- Official transcripts of bachelor degree course work from an accredited institution
- Official transcripts supporting transfer credits (maximum of 9 hours from within the last 5 years)
- Personal interview
- Three Graduate Education Recommendation Forms
- Professional Statement
- Completed Background Check
- Group Interview Process
- Appropriate scores from one of the following tests: GRE (2 general tests), Praxis-Principles of Leaning & Teaching, or Miller Analogies Test (scores must be from within the last 5 years):
The Dean of the School of Education approves admission to Graduate Education Studies in Counseling, based on the recommendation of the Counseling Program Director and faculty representatives. Prior to beginning coursework, the student must attend a new student orientation, where the student will work with an advisor to develop a program of study. At this time, the student will receive a program handbook with policies and procedures of the program. Also, students’ ethical and professional obligations and personal growth expectations as counselors-in-training are explained, and eligibility for licensure/certification is reviewed.
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:
- An advisor-approved program of study. This program will include but not be limited
- licensure goals: (Licensure requirements will be coordinated with, but considered separately from, degree requirements.)
- Three Applicant Assessment Forms
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 COURSE WORK PRIOR TO MAKING APPLICATION FOR DEGREE CANDIDACY, SOME COURSE WORK 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 (1) “Personal Philosophy of Counseling” (2) a series of case studies based on knowledge of professional, legal and ethical counseling practices. The written comprehensive exam is a four-hour exam; but, in some cases, it may be conducted orally.
For mailing transcripts please use this address:
The Graduate Education Office
Lincoln Memorial University
6965 Cumberland Gap Parkway
Harrogate, TN 37752
Complete applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis, with successful applicants being set up for a personal interview with program faculty.
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