School of Education

Master of Science in Education

Students must satisfy the university general requirements and the following requirements specific to the degree.

With a Major in Counseling

The Master of Science in Education with a major in Counseling has two concentrations: 1) School Counseling and 2) Mental Health/Community Counseling. The school counselor concentration will prepare counselors to support teachers and other school personnel as well as parents in addressing the needs of students related to academic, career preparation, and personal growth and development. Students will be prepared to serve schools with grades pre-Kindergarten through twelve. The major in Counseling is an approved preparation program for School Counseling Licensure through the Division of Teacher Education and Accreditation Tennessee State Department of Education.

The Mental Health/Community Counseling concentration will prepare counselors for addressing the mental health needs of the community. See below for the Tennessee Professional Licensure (TPL) requirements.

Disclaimer

The School of Education is required to follow the directives of the State Department of Education which has the authority to make changes in certification standards. The university does not claim to prepare counselors for distinct specialities with its general degree programs in counseling. Students should consult their advisor or the coordinator to ascertain if their career goals require specialization in a certain area of counseling. Students who graduate from the counseling program and plan to enter private practice or need licensure for employment are responsible for meeting the licensure requirements in Tennessee for the Licensed Professional Counselor. Students are instructed to write the Tennessee Department of Health Related Boards, 283 Plus Park Blvd., Nashville, TN 37247-1010 for the boardís licensure standards which may exceed the universityís counseling degree program requirements.

  1. FOUNDATION CORE (12 hours)
  2. CONCENTRATION (33 hours)
  3. CULMINATING EXPERIENCE (3 hours)

    MINIMUM HOURS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE: 48*

*Note: In order to be recommended for licensure as a School Counselor, the State Department of Education stipulates that candidates without teaching experience will have a semester long orientation experience in a (PreK-12) school as an early part of the preparation program. Students will meet this requirement by successful completion of Ed Stud 440 Selected Problems in Education : [Professional Orientation to Schools].

Tennessee Professional Licensure (TPL) for Mental Health/Community Counseling

To qualify for the Tennessee Professional License (TPL), students are required to complete sixty (60) credit graduate hours in counseling. Thus, students who desire to complete the requirements for the TPL must complete the course work for the Master of Science in Education with a major in Counseling Program (48 credit hours) and select four courses (12 credit hours) from the following selection:

Laboratory Requirement

Each student in the counseling program must complete a semester-long supervised lab experience (Ed Psyc 785). The lab requirement is available to students only upon the approval of the instructor and must be taken prior to the Internship. Application for completing the laboratory requirement must be submitted one semester in advance of the semester the experience is desired. Application may be obtained from the Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Education.

Internship

The internship is a field experience in which students are required to apply the knowledge and skill acquired in previous course work to actual school/community settings. An application for completing an internship is required. The internship requirements will be fulfilled at an approved site. All prerequisites, core courses, and laboratory requirement, must be completed before the internship is begun.

Critical Paper

Each internship student must summarize and evaluate the internship experience in a critical synthesis paper.

Comprehensive Examination

A comprehensive written examination must be taken by all students pursuing the Master of Science degree in Counseling. The examination will test a studentís competencies and knowledge in the chosen area of specialization. The comprehensive examination should be taken after a student has met the following criteria:

  1. Completed the course work in the Basic Core
  2. Completed the course work in the area of Specialization
  3. Made application to the Coordinator of Graduate Studies in Education prior to the semester the examination is desired.

Master of Science in Education

Students must satisfy the university general requirements and the following requirements specific to the degree.

With a Major in Teaching

The Master of Science in Education with a major in Teaching is available for those students who have obtained a bachelor degree from an accredited college or university and who are professionally licensed to teach, or who are seeking to obtain initial licensure at the Masterís level to teach. The program is designed for those who are qualified and interested in working on an advanced professional degree for preparation to teach in the 21st Century. The program is designed to provide the knowledge and skills required for teachers beyond the Year 2000.

The design of the conceptual framework for the Master of Science with a major in Teaching Program promotes the theme of: Educators as Collaborative Leaders and Mentors and the following four indicators:

Educational Inquiry

The educator must have a clear understanding of a variety of research paradigms, as well as, a working knowledge of formal research processes. The educator should be able to design and execute a plan for research, read and interpret the published research of others, and apply the findings appropriately to an educational setting.

Instructional Processes

The educator is a facilitator of learning rather than a primary dispenser of knowledge. Facilitating learning requires the educator to be sensitive to diverse populations and have a working knowledge of resources, which may include curricular materials, technology, community members, professional colleagues, and institutional resources. The educator should be able to engage students and colleagues in higher order thinking by asking probing questions, promoting inquiry, guiding discussion, and creating situations and scenarios that beg for exploration and explanation.

Curricular Design

The role of the educator in today's society requires an assessment-sensitive knowledge related to the formation of the various curricula. Included in this knowledge base are the philosophical, legal, social, psychological, pedagogical, and content-specific roots from which a curriculum springs. The educator's expertise must include the ability to weave the national standards, state standards, and local expectations into a curricular framework from which educationally sound practices emerge.

Ethical Behavior

The educator has the responsibility to serve as a role model to students, educational colleagues, and professional liaison to members of the community. Included in those responsibilities is the need to collaborate in an atmosphere of honesty and directness; to share one's feelings, while respecting the feelings of others; to employ respect for cultural diversity as the duties of the profession are carried out; and to analyze and present the content of the curricula in ways synonymous with the expectations of academic integrity.

The Major in Teaching is approved by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Students select either an elementary or secondary concentration. If licensed, students complete a Master Research Project; initial licensure students complete 10 hours of student teaching.

  1. BASIC CORE (21 hours)
  2. CONCENTRATION (10/16 hours)
    1. Elementary Education (K-8)
      • Elem Ed 711 Learning Theory and Cognition Applied to the School Setting (K-8)
      • Elem Ed 740 Growth and Development in School Age Students (K-8)
      • Elem Ed 791-792 Master Research Project (K-8) (Holding Licensure Only)
      • Elem Ed 793 Student Teaching in Grades K-4 (Initial Licensure Only)
      • Elem Ed 794 Student Teaching in Grades 5-8 (Initial Licensure Only)

      OR

    2. Secondary Education (9-12)
      • Sec Ed 711 Learning Theory and Cognition Applied to the School Setting (9-12)
      • Sec Ed 740 Growth & Development in School Age Students (9-12)
      • Sec Ed 791-792 Master Research Project (9-12) (Holding Licensure Only)
      • Sec Ed 793 Student Teaching in Grades 7-8 (Initial Licensure Only)
      • Sec Ed 794 Student Teaching in Grades 9-12 (Initial Licensure Only)
  3. ELECTIVES (6 hours)

    MINIMUM HOURS REQUIRED FOR DEGREE: 37




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