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Curriculum and Instruction

Graduate Programs in Education

On-Campus | Online | Hybrid

Master of Arts | Education Specialist | Doctoral | Certificates | Licensure

  • Skip the Entrance Exams with Flight Path

    The MAT/GRE admission requirement for the Curriculum and Instruction Master’s degree will be waived for education majors who have successfully passed edTPA, Praxis, and teaching license requirements with an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher.

    The requirements will be confirmed through Office of Teacher Education and Graduate Studies.

    Flight Path is applicable to all licensure areas. Students who meet requirements may waive the MAT/GRE requirement.

    Tech Master’s degree education students who have graduated within seven (7) prior years of application with a 3.5 or higher GPA may enroll in a Specialist in Education (Ed.S.) degree program without recommendation letters or additional MAT/GRE testing.

    All other applicants must meet graduate catalog departmental admission standards.

Concentrations and Programs of Study

  • Curriculum & Instruction Majors: M.A. and Ed.S. Concentrations

    Master of Arts | Education Specialist

    Applied Behavior Analysis* (MA) (EdS) (Online or Hybrid) Library Science (MA) (EdS) (Online)
    Curriculum (MA) (EdS) (Online or Hybrid) Literacy (MA) (EdS) (Online) 
    Early Childhood Education (MA) (EdS) (Online or Hybrid) Music (MA)
    Educational Technology* (MA) (EdS) (Online) Secondary Education (MA) (EdS)
    Elementary Education (MA) (EdS) (Online or Hybrid) Special Education (MA) (EdS) (Online or Hybrid)
    Exercise Science (EdS) (Online) STEM Education (MA) (EdS)
    Family and Consumer Sciences (MA) (EdS) (MA Online)  *More Info Below
  • Instructional Leadership Major: M.A. and Ed.S.

    The Instructional Leadership (INSL) hybrid/online degrees prepare graduate candidates seeking licensure for positions as school administrators in Tennessee. 

    INSL Programs of Study: M.A. (PDF) / Ed.S. (PDF)
    Each degree requires passing the Administrator's Praxis Exam.

    School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) Praxis II Exam

    Office of Teacher Education at Tech
    Education Testing Service (ETS)
    ETS Praxis Testing Dates

    Tennessee Dept. of Education / BAL Conversion Information

    INSL Field Experience Handbook (PDF)
    INSL Benchmarks (PDF) 
    Praxis Testing Requirements/Tech Procedural Information (PDF)

    Licensure Information & Assistance
    Amanda Roberts / Certification Analyst Office of Teacher Education
    931-372-3097 / Campus Box 5092 / Cookeville, TN 38505

  • Exceptional Learning Doctoral Program

    Exceptional Learning Ph.D.

    Five concentrations and two strands allow students to focus on specific areas of professional and research interests.

    MORE ABOUT the exceptional learning doctoral program

  • M.A. Concentration + Licensure (50 credit hours)*

    Note: Admission to the university does not guarantee admission to Office of Teacher Education (OTE). Please see their website for admission requirements.

    Office of Teacher Education

    Curriculum + Computer Science Education Secondary Ed + Lic Chemistry 6-12
    Early Childhood + Lic Secondary Ed + Lic Earth Science 6-12
    Early Childhood/Special Ed + Lic Secondary Ed + Lic Math 6-8
    Elem. Education + Lic K-5 Secondary Ed + Lic Math 6-12
    Library Science + Lic Information Specialist Secondary Ed + Lic Physics 6-12
    Secondary Ed + Lic English 6-12 Secondary Ed + Lic History / Geography / Government / Economics / Social Studies, 6-12
    Secondary Ed + Lic Biology 6-12  

    Special Education (SPED)

    SPED + Lic SE Comprehensive SPED + Lic SE Interventionist English 6-12 
    SPED + Lic SE Interventionist K-8  SPED + Lic SE Interventionist History 6-12 
    SPED + Lic SE Interventionist Biology 6-12 SPED + Lic SE Interventionist Math 6-12


  • Graduate Certificates

    Non-Degree Certificates

    Computer Science Education / Program 

    Online Teaching & Design / Program

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  • *Additional Info: Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA)

    Online or Hybrid

    Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) is a data-centered approach to instruction and behavior change.

    Program Contact: Dr. Krystal Kennedy | 931-372-3105

    Pursue careers in research, education, medical support services, residential facilities, or private practice. As demand increases for services related to autism spectrum disorders and positive behavior intervention systems in schools, our program offers this cutting-edge Master of Arts concentration to meet the needs of a growing profession.


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    Association for Behavior Analysis International
    The Association for Behavior Analysis International has verified the following courses toward the coursework requirements for eligibility to take the Board Certified Behavior Analyst® or Board Certified Assistant Behavior Analyst® examination.
    Applicants will need to meet additional requirements before they can be deemed eligible to take the examination.

    aBai Verified Course Sequences

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  • *Additional Info: Educational Technology

    Online Degree

    The Master's program now has the option for an embedded certificate in "Online Teaching and Design" and an optional certificate in "Computer Science Education."

    The MA/EdS concentration in Educational Technology is an advanced, online degree program. We emphasize a practical approach to implementing innovative technologies into K-12 classrooms. In addition to the technology-focused curriculum, a research core creates a strong graduate program.

    EdTech Faculty Contacts

    Dr. Cory Gleasman,
    Dr. Eunsung Park,
    Dr. Sandi J. Smith-Andrews, 

    Please contact us and we'd be glad to come to your school and share information and answer questions about the program.

    About the VISION Lab

    The VISION Lab in Curriculum & Instruction supports the entire College of Education.

    The hardware and software will support multiple students and faculty members simultaneously in the virtual environment. In addition to the terminals, the lab is equipped with an Omni treadmill for full interactive immersive activities.

    The project began with an Improving Teacher Quality grant.

  • About Comprehensive Exams for M.A. / Ed.S.


    Completion of CUED 6305 or CUED 6315 or CUED 7910 will meet the requirements for the comprehensive exams and satisfy graduate school requirements for all M.A. and Ed.S. programs in the department.

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Please consult the graduate catalog and your advisor for important steps throughout your degree program, including comprehensive exams, and applying for graduation.

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