Area of Education



For over 100 years, Milligan has prepared outstanding teachers. Today, Milligan alumni are leading educators in Northeast Tennessee and throughout the nation and world. NCATE accreditation means your degree from Milligan is instantly recognized throughout the country for its quality — you can qualify for licensure in Tennessee and can be licensed in other states.

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Caring & Reflecting Professionals

Every child deserves a quality teacher and caregiver, so Milligan aims to prepare professionals who integrate their Christian faith, social responsibility, and knowledge and skills to contribute to a responsible and caring community. Whether you want to teach in a public or private school, lead youth organizations or child development centers, coach or provide fitness and wellness training or be an administrator, Milligan’s Area of Education can help you reach your goals.

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.

NCATE logoQuality

Milligan is one of nine private colleges in Tennessee accredited by NCATE, the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (2010 Massachusetts Ave. NW, Suite 500, Washington, DC 20036; 202.466.7496), which means your degree from Milligan is instantly recognized throughout the country for its quality. Research has shown that graduates from NCATE institutions significantly outperform those from other institutions on National Teacher Examinations.

Successful Graduates

Our graduates are serving as teachers, school administrators, and youth program leaders throughout the country, and many go on to obtain master’s and doctoral degrees. HPXS grads are successful in the allied health and wellness industry and many complete graduate studies.


Teachers are required to complete certain state-mandated requirements for teaching certification. Elementary school teaching credentials are usually general, which means the teacher can teach a wide variety of subjects. Middle and secondary school teachers specialize in a specific subject, such as English, Spanish, mathematics, history, or biology. At Milligan, you can obtain professional licensure to teach at the following levels:

  • Early childhood (PreK-3)
  • Early childhood (PreK-3) / Special Education (PreK-3)
  • Elementary (K-5)
  • Elementary (K-5) / English as a Second Language (ESL) (P-12)
  • Middle Grades (4-8)
  • Middle Grades (4-8) / English as a Second Language (ESL) (P-12)
  • Secondary (6-12)
  • Secondary (6-12) / English as a Second Language (ESL) (P-12)
  • Specialty Fields (K-12)
  • Specialty Fields (K-12) / English as a Second Language (ESL) (P-12)

For your licensure, you’ll complete teacher education courses such as Intro to Teaching, Technology in Education, Classroom Management, Psychology and Education of Exceptional Students, and Assessment, among others. You’ll also complete supervised field experiences and student teaching in public or private partner schools in nearby communities. These are wonderful opportunities to put your classroom learning into practice and further develop your professional teaching competencies.

Undergraduates: Choose Your Major

Teacher education students select a major area of study most closely related to what they would like to teach, plus complete licensure courses required to enter the teaching profession in public schools. So if you want to be a history teacher, then you should major in History.



Milligan offers generous scholarships to traditional undergraduate students and prices its graduate and degree completion programs below most other regional institutions. Also, the state of Tennessee offers several scholarship and grant programs for undergraduate and graduate students (Tennessee residents). Visit to learn more.

Milligan also offers the Goah Diversity Scholars program for traditional undergraduate students.

Internship & Student Teaching

You’ll get extensive field experience in local schools or organizations appropriate to your major and area of interest. A required internship will provide a sustained supervised experience, working directly with master teachers or other organization leaders as mentors. Teacher candidates complete supervised field experiences and student teaching.

Course Requirements

View all details and course requirements for this program in the Milligan College Catalog (link below). The Milligan College academic catalog is the official, authoritative source for all academic requirements and policies. Any discrepancies in curricular requirements from other sources will default to the Catalog.


Accelerated BS+M.Ed. Plan

Earn your bachelor’s and Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree in five years and get a fast start on your teaching career. This is a 4+1 (5 year) plan that gives you the opportunity to complete the M.Ed. degree in one academic year (+ May term) after receiving a bachelor’s degree.

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Degree Completion for Adults

If you’ve already completed some college and want to teach at the PreK-3 or K-5 level in public or private schools OR serve in a leadership position in a child development center or church-related preschool, consider Milligan. In 18 -23 months you can complete the Child and Youth Development major, and even opt to certify to teach PreK-3 or K-5 with an additional semester of full-time student teaching. Classes meet only one night per week. And tuition is affordable and within your reach.

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Dr. Rich Aubrey

Rich Aubrey

Women's Basketball Coach; Adjunct Instructor of Education; Apartment Manager

Phone: 423.975.8029
Office: Steve Lacy Fieldhouse


Dr. Tausha Clay

Tausha Clay

Associate Professor of Education; Paul Clark Chair of Teacher Education; Coordinator of Field Experience-Teacher Education

Phone: 423.461.8427
Office: Clark Education Center 099


Dr. Angela Hilton-Prillhart

Angela Hilton-Prillhart

Associate Professor of Education; Area Chair of Education; Director of the M.Ed. Program; Director of Teacher Certification

Phone: 423.461.8769
Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 105


Dr. Lyn Howell

Lyn Howell

The Paul Clark Chair Emerita of Teacher Education; Director of Instructional Leadership

Phone: 423.461.8484
Office: Clark Education Center, 104


Karen Presnell

Karen Presnell

Office Manager and Certification Officer for Teacher Education

Phone: 423.461.8927
Office: Clark Education Center, 103