(c) Milligan College Teacher Education MEd

The Milligan M.Ed. in Curriculum & Teaching is a non-licensure program designed for individuals who already hold a teaching licensure who wish to earn a master’s degree in education for salary and career advancement or for those who do not need teaching licensure for their career goals.

  • No licensure required — for already-licensed teachers or those not interested in teaching licensure
  • 100% online
  • Complete in 4 semesters or at your own pace
  • Tuition very competitive
  • Learn from outstanding professors
  • Unparalleled program reputation…school administrators want Milligan grads

Prepare to lead and serve

What Makes Our Program Unique


CAEP accreditation means your degree from Milligan is instantly recognized in Tennessee and the nation for its quality. Milligan’s commitment to meet CAEP 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 Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). 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.

CAEP Annual Report Disclosure »


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. Ask us how our costs compare to other similar institutions and programs!  Cost and financial aid info » 

Also, the state of Tennessee offers several scholarship and grant programs for undergraduate and graduate students (Tennessee residents). Click here to learn more.

Cost of Attendance elements by program »

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.

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.

Outstanding Reputation

For many decades, Milligan has enjoyed a strong partnership with area school systems. The University’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.


The online M.Ed. 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 or those looking to other professional opportunities. Student outcomes are based on the National Board for Professional Teacher Standards (NBPTS).

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

Semester 1 – Summer

Semester 2 – Fall
EDUC 631 (3 hrs): Cultural DiversityEDUC 511 (3 hrs): Research Methods in Education
Electives (6 hrs)EDUC 622 (3 hrs): Classroom Management
 EDUC 621 (3 hrs): Assessment and Evaluation
Total = 9 credit hours   Total – 9 credit hours  

Semester 3 – Spring

Semester 4 – Summer
EDUC 512 (3 hrs): Research SeminarEDUC 623 (3 hrs): Research-Based Teaching Strategies
EDUC 662 (3 hrs): School Organization and LawElectives (6 hrs)
EDUC 670 (3 hrs): Professional Teacher Standards 
Total – 9 credit hoursTotal – 9 credit hours

View all details and course requirements for this program in the Milligan University Catalog. The Milligan University 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.



  1. BACCALAUREATE DEGREE (BA or BS) with a minimum overall undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.
  2. ONE OFFICIAL TRANSCRIPT from each college or university attended showing all credits previously earned.
  3. 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.
  4. COMPUTER COMPETENCY evidenced in rudimentary knowledge and experience in areas such as word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, email, and internet searches.
  5. COMPLETED HEALTH AND IMMUNIZATION RECORD. You must complete and sign the Page 1 (Sections A and B) of the immunization form. Online M.Ed. students do NOT have to have to show proof of immunization (Section C).
  6. BRIEF INTERVIEW with Milligan faculty members, resulting in a positive recommendation (phone or video conference if out-of-town).
  7. INTERNATIONALS: This program is NOT approved by SEVIS to admit international students because the hybrid/online course delivery model does not meet the residency requirements for F-1 visa status.

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

Expectations and Responsibilities

All students at Milligan are expected to uphold the expectations and responsibilities for student lifestyles at Milligan University. Milligan University 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 University. A student’s matriculation and enrollment at Milligan University is their pledge to uphold the policies and expectations outlined in the Student Handbook and Catalog.


Melissa Dillow
Admissions Recruiter for Teacher Education Programs

Associate Dean of the School of Social Sciences and Education; Professor of Education

Rich Aubrey
Vice President for Academic Affairs; Dean

Tausha Clay
Professor of Education; Paul Clark Chair of Teacher Education; Coordinator of Field Experience-Teacher Education; Director of Ed.D. and Ed.S. Programs

Associate Professor of Education

Associate Professor of Education

Professor Emerita of Teacher Education

Lyn Howell
The Paul Clark Chair Emerita of Teacher Education

Karen Presnell
Certification Officer, Placement Coordinator, and Area of Education Office Manager

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