Area of Education

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.


Traditional undergraduate majors/licensure
Degree Completion in Early Childhood Education


Master of Education: Initial Licensure
Master of Education in Curriculum & Teaching (Online)


Education Specialist (Ed.S.)
Doctor of Education (Ed.D.)

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.

Accelerated Plan

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.


  • Start higher on the salary ladder with one year of teaching experience AND a master’s
  • M.Ed. degree will make you more competitive for job openings in most markets
  • Secure your spot in the M.Ed. program
  • Get a fast start on your career
  • May qualify for TEACH Grant
  • Continue learning from your Milligan faculty and gain the credentials and strong reputation of the Milligan M.Ed.


  1. MAJOR: Major in a teacher education field at Milligan (talk to advisor about available fields and majors)
  2. PARTICIPATION FORM: By fall of junior year (preferably in sophomore year), complete and submit (to the GPS Office) the Participation form* for the Accelerated plan, which requires approval signatures from both your undergraduate advisor and Dr. Hilton-Prillhart
  3. COURSEWORK: Complete the required coursework for the Accelerated Plan
  4. APPLY TO M.Ed.: By NOV 15 of senior year, complete the M.Ed. admission process, be admitted, and pay deposit

*Approval to declare the M.Ed. accelerated plan is not a guarantee of your admission to the Milligan M.Ed. program.


Dr. Rich Aubrey

Rich Aubrey

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

Phone: 423.975.8029
Contact via email
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
Contact via email
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
Contact via email
Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 105


Dr. Lyn Howell

Lyn Howell

Director of Doctor of Education Program; Paul Clark Chair Emerita of Teacher Education

Phone: 423.461.8484
Contact via email
Office: Clark Teacher Education Center


Karen Presnell

Karen Presnell

Office Manager and Certification Officer for Teacher Education

Phone: 423.461.8927
Contact via email
Office: Clark Education Center, 103