Master of Education

Milligan teacher 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. Classes start January, Summer, or August.

Yes, There IS a Difference

  • Complete in 14 months (if you start in June) = keep your sanity
  • Tuition one of lowest in region = keep your money
  • Theory, research, and practice to prepare you for national board certification = keep your credentials
  • Learn from outstanding professors and mentor teachers = keep a support system
  • Smooth admission process: GRE and MAT not required if you’ve passed Praxis II content exam = keep your cool
  • Unparalleled program reputation…school administrators want Milligan grads = keep your reputation


Program Options

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.


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.

Read more about cost and financial aid 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.

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.

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.


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.


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.

Milligan College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Milligan College.

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.

Advanced M.Ed. students benefit from the required portfolio and research components to prepare you for accomplished teaching. The portfolio, aligned with NBPTS, documents your mastery of applicable Milligan College graduate program outcomes. The research project features action research related to the school setting where you teach.

Initial Licensure Program

Initial Licensure

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 teaching licensure in:

  • early childhood (PreK-3)
  • special education (PreK-3)
  • elementary (K-5)
  • middle grades (6-8)
  • secondary (7-12) education
  • K-12 licensure in art, music, theatre, 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

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-5
  • 6-8 Middle Grades
  • 7-12 Secondary
  • K-12 art, music, theatre, 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 three-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 Process for INITIAL Licensure Program

  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
    • MAT – 396
  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. Have your reference submit their recommendation online.
  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).

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

Admission Process for ADVANCED Program

  • Admission requirements and process for the advanced program are the same as those listed above, with the following exceptions:
    • Advanced candidates with at least a 3.0 GPA may be exempt from the admission tests.
    • A copy of current teaching licensure must be provided.
    • If seeking an additional endorsement, the candidate must meet all content requirements with a grade of C or better for licensure.

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

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

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 documentation. International students should click here for information on the immigration/visa process »


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. 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. 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


Dr. Rich Aubrey

Rich Aubrey

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

Phone: 423.975.8029
Office: Steve Lacy Fieldhouse


Melissa Dillow

Melissa Dillow

Admissions Recruiter for Teacher Education Programs

Phone: 423.461.8306
Office: Clark Teacher Education Center, 100


Karen Presnell

Karen Presnell

Office Manager and Certification Officer for Teacher Education

Phone: 423.461.8927
Office: Clark Education Center, 103