The MEd in Initial Teacher Licensure program at Lincoln Memorial University is designed to attract degreed individuals who may be seeking to change careers and who have potential to become good teachers. Licensure can be earned without completing the master’s degree, but this program offers the opportunity for graduate-level candidates to earn an M.Ed. degree in addition to receiving teacher licensure. Classes are scheduled to accommodate working adults looking for a career change. The program is an accelerated, rigorous program with an outstanding record of candidates with excellent Praxis scores and with a high rate of employment for candidates who successfully complete the program.
All candidates will enter with a fall semester cohort and will take these professional core courses: EDUC 570, Introduction to Teaching and Learning, in the fall semester; EDUC 571, Extending and Refining Knowledge of Teaching and Learning, in the spring semester; and EDUC 591 Enhanced Student Teaching, which must be completed within two years after finishing the EDUC 570 and EDUC 571 courses. The EDUC 570 and EDUC 571 courses are held in two consecutive (fall and spring) semesters in all-day Saturday class sessions meeting approximately ten class sessions per semester. 10 classes are the minimum. Candidates who successfully complete program and licensure requirements will be recommended for initial teacher licensure in the state of Tennessee. The program requires a transcript evaluation to assess any course discrepancies at the undergraduate level to ensure attainment of knowledge and skills required in general education, professional education, and the teaching field academic major. Candidates must satisfy course discrepancies through LMU or any other fully accredited college or university prior to student teaching. Secondary majors who already hold a degree in the area in which they are seeking licensure can quality for licensure with a minimum additional professional core of 18 graduate hours beyond their bachelor’s degrees. Elementary licensure requires the 18 hours of professional core courses and an additional 18 hours of methods courses.