College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Instruction and Curriculum Leadership
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Dr. Nicole Thompson
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Middle School Education
NOTE: Due to TN State licensure changes, we currently do not offer the BSED or MAT for Middle School licensure. If you are interested in one of our other BSED or MAT programs please click the degrees to learn more.

Welcome to the Middle School Education Program at the University of Memphis. We are a part of the Instruction and Curriculum Leadership Department (ICL) in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences. Below is current information about our Bachelor's and Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program offered in Middle School Education (MSED).

Mission Statement

The primary mission of the department is to support the overall mission and goals of The University of Memphis and The College of Education, Health and Human Sciences by providing leadership and quality programs through excellence in graduate teacher education, instruction, curriculum, and instructional design and technology. These programs target in-service teacher and pre-service as well as other instructional curricular leaders, designers, and developers specializing in middle adolescent through adult level pedagogy and operational domains. The Middle School Division of Instruction and Curriculum Leadership within The University of Memphis is committed to developing teachers who are inspired to engage in critical thinking, problem solving, and lifelong learning. Completion of our middle school teacher preparation program signifies that candidates for licensure have developed knowledge and skills in pedagogy and in the disciplines, which address performance outcomes required by the state of Tennessee.

Middle School Education Degrees

  • Bachelor of Science in Education
  • Master's of Arts in Teaching (MAT & Licensure)

    The Master of Arts in teaching degree is designated for people with outstanding undergraduate records who are seeking initial teacher licensure at the graduate level. Students may pursue licensure in secondary fields.

Initial Teacher Licensure

Two graduate level teacher preparation programs for initial licensure are offered by the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences. (1) A license plus a Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) degree or (2) a license only. Both programs are available for Middle School (4-8):

  • Science
  • English
  • Mathematics
  • Social Studies

Additional graduate work can be use to add endorsements after initial licensure has been obtained.

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