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GRADUATE PROGRAMS

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MASTER OF ARTS IN

TEACHING

Emphases:

Early Childhood Education

Elementary Education

English Language

Learners

Physical Eduction

Secondary Education

Special Education

MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING

DETAILS ABOUT

The Master of Arts in Teaching program mixes online and oncampus formats and includes a semester of student teaching or one year of a job embedded clinical experience

36CREDITHOURS

The 36-credit hour MAT program includes practitioner-focused curriculum blended with field-based experiences and Student Teaching. *The Licensure Office may require prerequisite courses for candidates from a non-education baccalaureate program

18MONTHS

LICENSURE AND DEGREE

Curriculum designed for licensure and degree

Designed to accommodate a traditional and non-traditional route to licensure while concurrently obtaining a graduate degree

Ideal for working adults who would like to change their career path

Tailored for individuals with no prior educational experience

APPROACH

The MAT combines the most cutting-edge immersive online technologies with a customized onground curriculum that blends coursework and self-directed field experiences, with evening and weekend classes that provide the security and mentoring needed for aspiring teachers

CONTACT

Program Director, Dr Sandy Smith sandy smith@cumberland edu graduateadmissions@cumberland.edu

You may begin course work in either the Fall, Spring, or Summer semester. Coursework and student teaching may be completed in as few as 4 semesters

MODE

Hybrid: Hybrid learning blends online coursework and on-campus evening and weekend classes

"When I was ready for a career change, the Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program at Cumberland University made it easy to turn that dream into a reality. Online and On-campus courses that fit my schedule and a faculty committed to my success... that’s why I chose to return to CU!"

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Completed admissions application and acceptance to the university

Non-refundable $50 application fee

Official transcript from regionally accredited institution showing Bachelor's degree

A degree in a content area or proof of content knowledge for the type of licensure sought*

Minimum 2 75 GPA in Bachelor’s degree or 3 00 GPA in a Master’s program (if degree is present)

A combined GRE score of 290 or better with a 3.7 on the writing assessment; a minimum Miller's Analogies Test score of 380, or a passing score (established by the TN State Department of Education) on a PRAXIS II Specialty Area Content Knowledge Test for the appropriate teaching endorsement Immunizations (on-ground only)

For more information, visit www.cumberland.edu/graduate/

GRADUATE PROGRAMS| MAT
E M P H A S I S I N E A R L Y C H I L D H O O D E D U C A T I O N
-Jennifer Bush Stephens, Class of 2020

MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING

The Master of Arts in Teaching Elementary Education emphasis is designed for those seeking an initial teaching license in Tennessee and who are interested in meeting the academic and developmental needs of all students grades K-5

The program mixes online and oncampus course formats and includes a semester of student teaching or one year of a job embedded clinical experience

36CREDITHOURS

The 36-credit hour MAT program includes practitioner-focused curriculum blended with field-based experiences and Student Teaching. *The Licensure Office may require prerequisite courses for candidates from a non-education baccalaureate program

18MONTHS

You may begin course work in either the Fall, Spring, or Summer semester Coursework and student teaching may be completed in as few as 4 semesters

MODE

Hybrid: Hybrid learning blends online coursework and on-campus evening and weekend classes.

LICENSURE AND DEGREE

APPROACH

The MAT combines the most cutting-edge immersive online technologies with a customized onground curriculum that blends coursework and self-directed field experiences, with evening and weekend classes that provide the security and mentoring needed for aspiring teachers.

CONTACT

Program Director, Dr Sandy Smith sandy smith@cumberland edu graduateadmissions@cumberland.edu

Curriculum designed for licensure and degree

Designed to accommodate a traditional and non-traditional route to licensure while concurrently obtaining a graduate degree Ideal for working adults who would like to change their career path Tailored for individuals with no prior educational experience

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Completed admissions application and acceptance to the university

Non-refundable $50 application fee

Official transcript from regionally accredited institution showing Bachelor's degree

A degree in a content area or proof of content knowledge for the type of licensure sought*

Minimum 2 75 GPA in Bachelor’s degree or 3 00 GPA in a Master’s program (if degree is present)

A combined GRE score of 290 or better with a 3.7 on the writing assessment; a minimum Miller's Analogies Test score of 380, or a passing score (established by the TN State Department of Education) on a PRAXIS II Specialty Area Content Knowledge Test for the appropriate teaching endorsement Immunizations (on-ground only)

For more information, visit www.cumberland.edu/graduate/

GRADUATE PROGRAMS| MAT
ABOUT
DETAILS
E M P H A S I S I N E L E M E N T A R Y E D U C A T I O N

MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING

ABOUT

The Master of Arts in Teaching

English Language Learners emphasis is designed for those seeking an initial teaching license in Tennessee who are interested in meeting the academic needs of all students, at any grade level, whose native language is not English The program mixes online and on-campus course formats and includes a semester of student teaching or one year of a job embedded clinic experience

LICENSURE AND DEGREE

Curriculum designed for licensure and degree

Designed to accommodate a traditional and non-traditional route to licensure while concurrently obtaining a graduate degree.

Ideal for working adults who would like to change their career path Tailored for individuals with no prior educational experience

APPROACH

The MAT combines the most cuttingedge immersive online technologies with a customized on-ground curriculum that blends coursework and self-directed field experiences, with evening and weekend classes that provide the security and mentoring needed for aspiring teachers.

CONTACT

Program Director, Dr Sandy Smith sandy smith@cumberland edu graduateadmissions@cumberland edu

DETAILS

36CREDITHOURS

The 36-credit hour MAT program includes practitioner-focused curriculum blended with field-based experiences and Student Teaching *The Licensure Office may require prerequisite courses for candidates from a non-education baccalaureate program

18MONTHS

You may begin course work in either the Fall, Spring, or Summer semester Coursework and student teaching may be completed in as few as 4 semesters

MODE

Hybrid: Online and on-ground Hybrid learning blends online coursework and on-campus evening and weekend classes

"Completing the ESL graduate program at Cumberland University helped me define my true passion for education. I cannot express how passionate the professors are. Their continual support is the reason I push myself everyday to support my students. The rigor of the program is achievable and pushed me as a student to develop into a dedicated educator. The professors create an enjoyable learning environment with both online and in person courses. I am very thankful for the relationships I built and the people I met while attending Cumberland University "

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Completed admissions application and acceptance to the university

Non-refundable $50 application fee

Official transcript from regionally accredited institution showing Bachelor's degree

A degree in a content area or proof of content knowledge for the type of licensure sought*

Minimum 2 75 GPA in Bachelor’s degree or 3 00 GPA in a Master’s program (if degree is present)

A combined GRE score of 290 or better with a 3.7 on the writing assessment; a minimum Miller's Analogies Test score of 380, or a passing score (established by the TN State Department of Education) on a PRAXIS II Specialty Area Content Knowledge Test for the appropriate teaching endorsement

Immunizations (on-ground only)

For more information, visit www.cumberland.edu/graduate/

GRADUATE PROGRAMS| MAT
E M P H A S I S I N E N G L I S H L A N G U A G E L E A R N E R S
Angel Jones, Class of 2021

MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING

DETAILS ABOUT

The Master of Arts in Teaching Physical Education emphasis is designed to prepare you to meet the academic and developmental needs of all PreK-12th grade school students in physical education and wellness. The program mixes online and on-campus course formats and includes a semester of student teaching or one year of a job embedded clinical experience

LICENSURE AND DEGREE

Curriculum designed for licensure and degree

Designed to accommodate a traditional and non-traditional route to licensure while concurrently obtaining a graduate degree

Ideal for working adults who would like to change their career path Tailored for individuals with no prior educational experience

APPROACH

The MAT combines the most cuttingedge immersive online technologies with a customized on-ground curriculum that blends coursework and self-directed field experiences, with evening and weekend classes that provide the security and mentoring needed for aspiring teachers

CONTACT

Program Director, Dr George Walker gwalker@cumberland edu graduateadmissions@cumberland.edu

36CREDITHOURS

The 36-credit hour MAT program includes practitioner-focused curriculum blended with field-based experiences and Student Teaching *The Licensure Office may require prerequisite courses for candidates from a non-education baccalaureate program

18MONTHS

You may begin course work in either the Fall, Spring, or Summer semester. Coursework and student teaching may be completed in as few as 4 semesters

MODE

Online: This program is offered fully-online

"My experience with being in the Master of Arts in Teaching in Physical Education has been wonderful! I love how it is all online, because I am able to work full time and finish school. Every time I finish an assignment I know I am a step closer to having my own classroom All of my teachers at Cumberland have been amazing and have helped guide me in the right direction."

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Completed admissions application and acceptance to the university

Non-refundable $50 application fee

Official transcript from regionally accredited institution showing Bachelor's degree

A degree in a content area or proof of content knowledge for the type of licensure sought*

Minimum 2.75 GPA in Bachelor’s degree or 3.00 GPA in a Master’s program (if degree is present)

A combined GRE score of 290 or better with a 3 7 on the writing assessment; a minimum Miller's Analogies Test score of 380, or a passing score (established by the TN State Department of Education) on a PRAXIS II Specialty Area Content Knowledge Test for the appropriate teaching endorsement

Immunizations (on-ground only)

For more information, visit www cumberland edu/graduate/

GRADUATE PROGRAMS| MAT
E M P H A S I S I N P H Y S I C A L E D U C A T I O N

MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING

ABOUT

The Master of Arts in Teaching

Secondary Education emphasis is designed for individuals interested in becoming candidates for a Tennessee Teaching License who are interested in teaching a specific subject area in grades covered by either a 6-12 or 912 Tennessee teacher's license. The program mixes online and on-campus course formats and includes a semester of student teaching or one year of a job embedded clinical experience

LICENSURE AND DEGREE

Curriculum designed for licensure and degree

Designed to accommodate a traditional and non-traditional route to licensure while concurrently obtaining a graduate degree

Ideal for working adults who would like to change their career path

Tailored for individuals with no prior educational experience

APPROACH

The MAT combines the most cuttingedge immersive online technologies with a customized on-ground curriculum that blends coursework and self-directed field experiences, with evening and weekend classes that provide the security and mentoring needed for aspiring teachers

CONTACT

Program Director, Dr Sandy Smith sandy.smith@cumberland.edu

graduateadmissions@cumberland edu

DETAILS

36CREDITHOURS

The 36-credit hour MAT program includes practitioner-focused curriculum blended with field-based experiences and Student Teaching *The Licensure Office may require prerequisite courses for candidates from a non-education baccalaureate program

18MONTHS

You may begin course work in either the Fall, Spring, or Summer semester. Coursework and student teaching may be completed in as few as 4 semesters

MODE

Hybrid: Online and on-ground Hybrid learning blends online coursework and on-campus evening and weekend classes

"The best part of the MAT program was the flexibility. Students can take courses while working and enroll in online courses. I liked how even though it was all online, I was still able to communicate and connect with my professors which was the best of both worlds. Throughout my program, I felt like CU and the education program were family. I enjoyed speaking with all of my peers and we all got along great. They would always be there to help. Same goes for the professors and admin in the program. I felt like they were super helpful and resourceful. This program definitely helped me be more prepared for teaching."

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Completed admissions application and acceptance to the university

Non-refundable $50 application fee

Official transcript from regionally accredited institution showing Bachelor's degree

A degree in a content area or proof of content knowledge for the type of licensure sought*

Minimum 2 75 GPA in Bachelor’s degree or 3 00 GPA in a Master’s program (if degree is present)

A combined GRE score of 290 or better with a 3.7 on the writing assessment; a minimum Miller's Analogies Test score of 380, or a passing score (established by the TN State Department of Education) on a PRAXIS II Specialty Area Content Knowledge Test for the appropriate teaching endorsement.

Immunizations (on-ground only)

For more information, visit www.cumberland.edu/graduate/

GRADUATE PROGRAMS| MAT
E M P H A S I S I N S E C O N D A R Y E D U C A T I O N
Cameron Jennings, MAT Secondary History, Class of 2021

MASTER OF ARTS IN TEACHING

ABOUT

The Master of Arts in Teaching

Special Education emphasis is designed for individuals interested in becoming candidates for a Tennessee Special Education/Comprehensive K12 or Special Education

Interventionist K-8 or 6-12 Teaching License The program mixes online and on-campus course formats and includes a semester of student teaching or one year of a job embedded clinical experience

LICENSURE AND DEGREE

Curriculum designed for licensure and degree

Designed to accommodate a traditional and non-traditional route to licensure while concurrently obtaining a graduate degree

Ideal for working adults who would like to change their career path Tailored for individuals with no prior educational experience

APPROACH

The MAT combines the most cuttingedge immersive online technologies with a customized on-ground curriculum that blends coursework and self-directed field experiences, with evening and weekend classes that provide the security and mentoring needed for aspiring teachers

CONTACT

Program Director, Dr Sandy Smith sandy smith@cumberland edu graduateadmissions@cumberland.edu

DETAILS

36CREDITHOURS

The 36-credit hour MAT program includes practitioner-focused curriculum blended with field-based experiences and Student Teaching. *The Licensure Office may require prerequisite courses for candidates from a non-education baccalaureate program

18MONTHS

You may begin course work in either the Fall, Spring, or Summer semester. Coursework and student teaching may be completed in as few as 4 semesters

MODE

Hybrid: Online and on-ground Hybrid learning blends online coursework and on-campus evening and weekend classes

“The professors at CU are supportive, give meaningful feedback, and offer many opportunities to collaborate with other teachers and/or peers in my field, both in-person and virtually I benefitted greatly from the small class sizes and the resources provided by my professors Cumberland University supported and prepared me to meet the needs of all students I would have the opportunity to teach in my career as a special educator

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

Completed admissions application and acceptance to the university

Non-refundable $50 application fee

Official transcript from regionally accredited institution showing Bachelor's degree

A degree in a content area or proof of content knowledge for the type of licensure sought*

Minimum 2 75 GPA in Bachelor’s degree or 3 00 GPA in a Master’s program (if degree is present)

A combined GRE score of 290 or better with a 3.7 on the writing assessment; a minimum Miller's Analogies Test score of 380, or a passing score (established by the TN State Department of Education) on a PRAXIS II Specialty Area Content Knowledge Test for the appropriate teaching endorsement

Immunizations (on-ground only)

For more information, visit www.cumberland.edu/graduate/

GRADUATE PROGRAMS| MAT
E M P H A S I S I N S P E C I A L E D U C A T I O N
Rachael Agnew, Class of 2021

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