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Master of Education - MEd | East Tennessee State University

Master of Education - MEd

Major: Advanced Studies in Teaching and Learning - MEd
Concentration: Childhood Literacy
East Tennessee State University
Credit Hours Required: 33

Program Description

The major purpose of this degree is to improve the quality of teaching at the elementary level by broadening the background of teachers in the literacy as related to elementary teaching and preparing teachers as action researchers.

This program is aligned with National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) core propositions. In addition, it includes coursework focused on pedagogical content proficiencies related to teaching Reading-Language Arts. This design will allow teachers to receive advanced professional preparation consistent with NBPTS principles and is supportive of achieving NBPTS Certification in Early and Middle Childhood/Literacy: Reading-Language Arts. Course sequence varies depending upon the semester when you enter the program. Students are required to maintain a portfolio throughout the program and must successfully complete an oral comprehensive examination based on their action research project.

The degree program and the courses that comprise it are offered through a cooperative development and delivery model among public institutions in Tennessee. The model provides a platform for these institutions to share valuable intellectual resources which enrich program offerings. 

As an online student, you gain access to highly-qualified faculty from both the campus where you are studying to earn your degree as well as other institutions across the state. You gain exposure to a wide range of opinions, philosophies, perspectives and experiences that you might not otherwise obtain. The students in your classes may also be from other institutions which further contributes to a unique online learning experience.

Who Should Apply?

The program is intended for licensed, practicing teachers. Much of the course work will allow students in the program to carry out assignments within their own classrooms. The degree provides advanced practice in the area of reading and language arts for currently practicing teachers.