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Master of Education: Initial Licensure


(c) Milligan College Teacher Education MEd

Prepare to Lead & Serve at Milligan

  • Complete in 4 semesters (14 months if you start in June) or at your own pace
  • Tuition lowest in region
  • NCATE (now CAEP) accreditation means your degree is instantly recognized nationwide for quality
  • Theory, research, and practice to prepare you for national board certification
  • Learn from outstanding professors and mentor teachers
  • GRE not required with a high SAT or ACT
  • Unparalleled program reputation…school administrators want Milligan grads

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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. Students in this program are eligible to apply for state and federal tuition assistance programs and for employer reimbursement when applicable. Cost and financial aid info » 

Also, the state of Tennessee offers several scholarship and grant programs for undergraduate and graduate students (Tennessee residents). Visit https://www.tn.gov/collegepays/money-for-college/loan-forgiveness-programs.html to learn more.

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.

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.

Convenient Design & Schedule

Complete your master’s and teaching licensure in as few as 4 semesters (14 months if you start in June). 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.

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. The program is 45-47 semester hours. See the Catalog for curriculum details.

Licensure Areas

If you already have a baccalaureate (B.A. or B.S.) degree, see our chart for graduate initial licensure options at Milligan:

GRADUATE INITIAL LICENSURE PROGRAMS »

Curriculum & 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.

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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.

Portfolio & Research: Prep for Board Certification

Initial M.Ed. students benefit from the required portfolio and research components to prepare you for the profession of teaching. The portfolio, aligned with InTASC standards, documents your mastery of applicable Milligan College graduate program outcomes. The research project features action research related to the school setting of your internship.

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.

“Caring and Reflective Teacher,” 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

NCATE (now CAEP) accreditation means your degree from Milligan is instantly recognized in Tennessee and the nation for its quality. Milligan’s commitment to meet NCATE quality standards means we take great care in seeing you gain the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for success as a professional educator.

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. This accreditation means your degree from Milligan is instantly recognized in Tennessee and the nation for its quality. We take great care in seeing you gain the knowledge, skills, and dispositions needed for success as a professional educator.

In 2013, NCATE and TEAC consolidated into the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP) as the new accrediting body for educator preparation. CAEP Annual Report Disclosure »

EARN BOTH: 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. Learn more »

Admission

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  1. BACCALAUREATE DEGREE (BA or BS) with a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
  2. ADMISSION TEST — Minimum score on ONE of the following:
    • ACT – 22
    • SAT – 1080
    • Praxis Core – Reading 172 AND Math 156
    • GRE – Verbal 151 AND Quantitative 153
  3. WRITING TEST — Minimum score on ONE of the following:
    • ACT Writing – 7
    • SAT Writing – 7
    • Praxis Core Writing – 166
    • GRE Writing – 4
  4. TWO OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPTS from each college or university attended showing all credits previously earned.
  5. TWO COMPLETE REFERENCE FORMS from former supervisors and/or professional references who have adequate knowledge of the applicant’s Christian commitment and character and potential for success as a graduate student and professional educator. Reference requests are sent as part on the online application.
  6. COMPUTER COMPETENCY evidenced in rudimentary knowledge and experience in areas such as word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, email, and internet searches.
  7. FINGERPRINT BACKGROUND CHECK (within 6 months) conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Click here for registration information.
  8. BRIEF INTERVIEW with Milligan faculty members, resulting in a positive recommendation.
  9. 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.
  10. REQUIRED CONTENT COURSES based on the area/discipline you plan to teach. 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 with a grade of C or better 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); OR
    • Elementary education
      A basic pattern of liberal arts courses to assure licensure (two courses in language or literature; two courses in social studies, one of which is American History; two courses in science [with labs]; and two courses in math); OR
    • 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; OR
    • Secondary education
      (1) A basic pattern of liberal arts courses to assure licensure; (2) specific courses in endorsement areas with a minimum 2.75 GPA to assure content competency consisting of at least 24 hours that are the equivalent of a major in that area (See Catalog for a list of licensure programs available).

You might be able to take some prerequisite courses at Milligan at a reduced rate…Ask us for details.

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

Special Admission

This status is designed for a Milligan undergraduate student whose goal is to be accepted into the M.Ed. program as degree seeking, but who does not meet the admission standards. See the Catalog for details or contact 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 at Milligan College. Milligan College adopts specific rules on the basis of the belief that God’s Word, as the final rule of faith and practice, speaks on many matters pertaining to personal conduct. Therefore, behavior that conflicts with Scripture is unacceptable. Historically, communities also have developed guidelines that help put into practice basic moral and social principles. Such standards serve as a guide toward worthwhile goals relevant to one’s academic, spiritual, social, and physical well-being.

Students should consult the Student Handbook for further guidance regarding acceptable personal lifestyle and conduct while enrolled at Milligan College. A student’s matriculation and enrollment at Milligan College is their pledge to uphold the policies and expectations outlined in the Student Handbook and Catalog.

International Students

International students must provide proof of the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of at least 79; or International English Language Testing System (IELTS) core of at least 6.5. Please have your Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score sent directly from the Educational Testing Service to Milligan’s Graduate 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.

After a student is admitted, there is required documentation to submit BEFORE form I-20 can be issued.  Students may begin gathering and submitting this information even prior to admission, but no I-20 will be issued until a prospect has been fully admitted AND has submitted the required documentationInternational students should click here for information on the immigration/visa process »

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.

BENEFITS

  • 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.

REQUIREMENTS & PROCESS

  1. Major in a teacher education field at Milligan (talk to advisor about available fields and majors)
  2. Request endorsement from your faculty advisor
  3. Meet with Dr. Angela Hilton-Prillhart for approval to declare the Accelerated Plan by fall of junior year (preferably in sophomore year)*
  4. 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
  5. Complete the required coursework for the Accelerated Plan
  6. Must complete the M.Ed. admission process, be admitted, and pay deposit by NOV 15 of senior year

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

Faculty

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

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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

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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

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Karen Presnell

Karen Presnell

Office Manager and Certification Officer for Teacher Education

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

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