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Master of Education

Are you searching for a vocation where you will make a difference? Consider teaching. The M.Ed. program at Milligan is designed for someone whose baccalaureate degree is not necessarily in education. Milligan’s M.Ed. program offers both the Initial Licensure and Advanced Program options.

  • Initial Licensure

    The Initial Licensure program allows you to complete your master’s and teaching licensure in as few as 14 months.

  • Advanced Program

    The Advanced program is for already-licensed teachers who want to add endorsement areas or prepare for board certification. Course offerings are scheduled in the summer, fall and spring. However, you may begin during any semester and pursue the program completion at a less ambitious pace to meet your scheduling needs. The Advanced program is offered through a hybrid of online and on-campus options.

Affordable

Milligan’s Master of Education program is one of the most economical education programs in our region and is even priced below the local state university rate. But you get so much more at Milligan. Teaching you is more than a job to our faculty – it’s a mission. They are dedicated teachers, experienced professionals, and trusted mentors who invest time, energy, and ideas to inspire you and help you reach your highest potential. It’s not just a degree. It’s your future. Read more here.

Outstanding Reputation

For many decades, Milligan has enjoyed a strong partnership with area school systems. The college’s reputation for producing well-prepared, creative, committed teachers is unparalleled. School administrators consistently look to Milligan as a resource for both hiring and training, regularly calling on faculty to lead workshops for in-services and to collaborate on various education issues. Thousands of our graduates are serving as teachers, coaches, counselors, and administrators in schools across the United States.

Caring Faculty & Personal Attention

At Milligan, graduate courses are taught by professors with doctorates in education or related fields, or by individuals with master’s degrees who have been recognized as outstanding in elementary or secondary teaching. The teaching staff includes faculty with a wide variety of experiences in education in both urban and rural settings.

Graduate courses at Milligan are small, allowing professors to interact closely with students for individual attention and supervision throughout their program. Our faculty are role models and mentors, and they will challenge you and stretch your mind and spirit.

Christian Worldview

Today’s schools are challenged as never before. Faced with increasingly diverse student bodies and phenomenal technological change, contemporary schools need to provide quality services for all children. Now more than ever, children need teachers who are committed to excellence in the classroom and to Jesus Christ. It is our belief educators prepared in such a way will make a difference in the school and community where they live and serve.

“The Teacher as a Reflecting and Caring Person,” the theme of our department, is interwoven throughout our program. Our primary goal is to produce caring and reflective professional educators who will affect the lives of children in a markedly positive manner.

NCATEAccreditation

The teacher education program at Milligan is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) (2010 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20036; 202-466-7496). This accreditation covers initial teacher and advanced educator preparation programs.

Portfolio & Research: Prep for Board Certification

All M.Ed. students benefit from the required portfolio and research components to prepare you for board certification by the National Board for Professional Teacher Standards. The portfolio documents your mastery of applicable Milligan College graduate program outcomes. The research project features action research related to the school setting of your internship.

Initial Licensure Program

Complete your master’s and teaching licensure in as few as 14 months. The Initial Licensure program is a professional education program that prepares students for the high level of teaching competence expected by public and private educational institutions.

Convenient Design & Schedule

You can complete your master’s degree and teacher licensure requirements in as few as 14 months. Course offerings are scheduled in a summer-fall-spring-summer sequence. However, you may begin during any semester and pursue the program completion at a more gradual pace to meet your scheduling needs.

Licensure Areas

If you already have a baccalaureate (B.A. or B.S.) degree, you can pursue licensure in early childhood (PreK-3), elementary (K-6), middle grades (4-8), or secondary (7-12) education, as well as K-12 licensure in art, music, theatre, French, Spanish, or physical education. The program is 45-47 semester hours. Click here for a schedule chart of programs. Also see the Catalog for curriculum details.

Internship: Classroom Experience

The initial licensure program provides you with extensive field experience in local schools through a required internship. You experience the school year from beginning to end during this two-semester internship in teaching, assessment, and classroom management. It provides a sustained supervised experience in classrooms of community-partner schools, working directly with master teachers as mentors. Placement in at least two grade levels is required for each licensure area.

Advanced Program

Are you a current teacher looking for professional development? Milligan’s M.Ed. Advanced program can help you add endorsement areas or prepare for board certification.

Quality Curriculum

The advanced program integrates theory, action research, and reflective practice and is designed to increase both the quality and quantity of the educational experiences for teachers in professional education. Student outcomes are based on the National Board for Professional Teacher Standards (NBPTS), and participation in the program can help prepare students for board certification.

The 36-hour program consists of a 24-credit hour core and 12 elective credits. Courses such as Professional Teacher Standards, Assessment and Evaluation, and Classroom Management are part of a core of classes designed to further develop and enhance your classroom skills.

Endorsement Areas

The 12 elective hours can be used to tailor the program to your interests by choosing courses that appeal to you personally or to add-on another endorsement. Milligan offers endorsements in:

  • PreK-3
  • PreK-3 Special Education
  • K-6
  • 4-8 Middle Grades
  • 7-12 Secondary
  • K-12 art, music, theatre, French, Spanish, and physical education

Some add-ons may require more than 12 elective credits. Click here for a schedule chart of programs. Also see the Catalog for curriculum details.

Convenient Schedule

The Advanced program is offered through a hybrid of online and on-campus options.

  • On-Campus: Fall and spring courses are offered in the evening and run 15 weeks. Two four-week summer terms are offered.
  • Online: Students can start any term. Summer online courses run 10 weeks. Fall and spring online courses run 15 weeks.

Admission

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You can apply online or download a paper application. Just call us and we’ll walk you through it.

Admission Requirements for Initial Licensure Program

  • A baccalaureate degree with a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75.
  • One of the following:
    • ACT composite score of at least 22 or S.A.T. combined score of at least 1020
    • Praxis I / Core Academic Skills for Educators – Reading (156), Writing (162), and Math (150) after August 2013. Reading (174), Writing (173), and Math (173) prior to August 2013.
    • GRE – Combined Verbal and Math of 288 or higher after August 1, 2011
    • GRE – Combined Verbal and Math of 1,000 or higher prior to August 1, 2011
    • Miller’s Analogy Test – 389 or higher (36th percentile)
  • Two official transcripts from each college or university attended showing all credits previously earned.
  • Two complete reference forms from faculty members or other persons who have adequate knowledge of the applicant’s Christian commitment and character and potential for success as a graduate student and professional educator. Download a recommendation form or have your reference submit one online.
  • Computer competency evidenced in rudimentary knowledge and experience in areas such as word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, email, and internet searches.
  • A fingerprint sample and submission to a criminal history records check to be conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Click here for registration information.
  • A brief individual interview with Milligan faculty members on our campus.
  • Completed Health and Immunization Record. You must complete and sign the front page of the form and have a physician complete and sign the back page, indicating the dates of the required two doses of the MMR vaccine. International students must also meet the TB testing requirements. The other vaccines are recommended.
  • If you are an international applicant, please have your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Milligan’s Office of Graduate & Professional Studies. All international applicants must have taken the TOEFL within the last two years. You cannot be exempted from this requirement unless English is your native language, or you are a U.S. citizen, or you have received an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university.

Students who do not meet the above requirements may, under certain conditions, be admitted into the program conditionally.

Admission Requirements for Advanced Program

  • A baccalaureate degree with a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of at least 2.75.
  • Proof of licensure
  • One of the following:
    • Team evaluation score – level 4 or 5
    • A current graduate degree
    • One of the following test scores:
      • ACT composite score of at least 22 or S.A.T. combined score of at least 1020
      • Praxis I / Core Academic Skills for Educators – Reading (156), Writing (162), and Math (150) after August 2013. Reading (174), Writing (173), and Math (173) prior to August 2013.
      • GRE – Combined Verbal and Math of 288 or higher after August 1, 2011
      • GRE – Combined Verbal and Math of 1,000 or higher prior to August 1, 2011
      • Miller’s Analogy Test – 389 or higher (36th percentile)
  • Two official transcripts from each college or university attended showing all credits previously earned.
  • Two complete reference forms from faculty members or other persons who have adequate knowledge of the applicant’s Christian commitment and character and potential for success as a graduate student and professional educator. Download a recommendation form or have your reference submit one online.
  • Computer competency evidenced in rudimentary knowledge and experience in areas such as word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, email, and internet searches.
  • A fingerprint sample and submission to a criminal history records check to be conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Click here for registration information.
  • A brief individual interview with Milligan faculty members on our campus.
  • Completed Health and Immunization Record. You must complete and sign the front page of the form and have a physician complete and sign the back page, indicating the dates of the required two doses of the MMR vaccine. International students must also meet the TB testing requirements. The other vaccines are recommended.
  • If you are an international applicant, please have your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Milligan’s Office of Graduate & Professional Studies. All international applicants must have taken the TOEFL within the last two years. You cannot be exempted from this requirement unless English is your native language, or you are a U.S. citizen, or you have received an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university.

Students who do not meet the above requirements may, under certain conditions, be admitted into the program conditionally.

Unconditional Admission

Additionally, teacher candidates must know, understand, and use the central concepts, tools of inquiry and structures of the disciplines they will teach. For unconditional admission, teacher candidates must have completed subject matter undergraduate requirements for teacher licensure (or equivalent) as follows:

  • Early childhood education
    A basic pattern of liberal arts courses to assure licensure (two courses in language or literature; two courses in social studies; two courses in science [with labs]; and two courses in math);
  • Elementary education
    A basic pattern of liberal arts courses to assure licensure (two courses in language or literature; two courses in social studies; two courses in science [with labs]; and two courses in math);
  • Middle grades education
    (1) A basic pattern of liberal arts courses to assure licensure (two courses in language or literature; two courses in social studies; two courses in science [with labs]; and two courses in math); (2) a major in a single discipline from the arts and sciences with an area of emphasis (approximately 10% of the undergraduate curriculum) in at least one additional discipline outside the major;
  • Secondary education
    (1) A basic pattern of liberal arts courses to assure licensure; (2) specific courses in endorsement areas to assure content competency consisting of at least 24 hours that are the equivalent of a major in that area (See Page 81 for a list of licensure programs available).

Applicants who do not meet these requirements may be granted unconditional admission if they have passed the applicable Praxis II content examinations for their licensure area; however, they must complete the requirements as stated prior to being recommended for licensure unless granted a waiver by the Director of Teacher Certification.

Conditional Admission

If applicants do not meet the above requirements and have not passed the required Praxis content examinations they may be admitted conditionally as follows:

  • Early childhood education
    No more than two of the outlined courses not completed.
  • Elementary education
    No more than two of the outlined courses not completed.
  • Middle grades education
    No more than two of the outlined basic pattern of courses not completed, at least 18 hours of the major courses completed, and at least 8 hours of the additional discipline courses completed.
  • Secondary education
    No more than two of the outlined basic pattern of courses not completed, at least 18 hours of the major courses completed.

Special Admission

Students who do not meet the content requirements for conditional admission may be admitted as Special students but may not enroll for an internship or take more than twelve hours of graduate education courses until they meet the content requirements or pass the Praxis II content examination in their licensure area(s).

Further information may be obtained from the Office of Graduate Admissions at 423.461.8306 or MED@milligan.edu.

Expectations and Responsibilities

All students at Milligan are expected to uphold the expectations and responsibilities for student lifestyles of Milligan College. We at Milligan adopt specific rules on the basis of our belief that God’s Word, as the final rule of faith and practice, speaks on many matters pertaining to personal conduct. Specifically, the Milligan College adult student agrees to abide by a lifestyle commitment in which he or she refrains from illegal drugs, pornography, profanity, dishonesty, sexual immorality, unethical conduct, vandalism, and immodest dress. Students are expected to seek to serve Christ in an atmosphere of trust, encouragement, and respect for one another. Click here to read more about expectations and responsibilities for the Milligan community.

International Students

If you are an international applicant, please have your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Milligan’s Admissions Office. All international applicants must have taken the TOEFL within the last two years. You cannot be exempted from this requirement unless English is your native language, or you are a U.S. citizen, or you have received an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university.

Financial Information

Milligan is committed to keeping college affordable for our students. Our M.Ed. program is priced competitively, and our Student Financial Services Office will work with you individually every step of the way to help investigate all the options available for financing your education.

Tuition in the M.Ed. program for 2014-15 is:

Tuition (per credit hour) $360
Technology Access Fee $225
Lifetime academic records fee
(Transcripts and graduation)
$75
Part-time Technology Access Fee
(enrolled in less than 6 credit hours)
$100

Teacher candidates should anticipate various fees (not included above), including modest expenses for formal testing required for admission to the program (MAT or GRE) and licensure (PRAXIS II), liability insurance, verification of CPR and/or first aid proficiency, TBI background check, and any other licensure requirements mandated by the State of Tennessee. Modest student fees also accompany certain courses in the program.

Students should also anticipate book expenses, estimated at an additional $2,000 for the entire program.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for graduate students. Click here to learn more about the types of aid available and your payment options.

Faculty

Dr. Lyn Howell

Lyn Howell

The Paul Clark Chair of Teacher Education; Professor of Education

Phone: 423.461.8484
Email: LCHowell@milligan.edu
Office: Clark Education Center, 104

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