Cumberland University is proud to offer a Master Teacher Option an individualized course of study, starting fall 2010. Through this option, candidates seeking an initial teaching license can complete a baccalaureate degree, student teach and complete a Masters of Arts in Education in five years, including two summers. It is not a degree or major.
Contact Person: Dr. Eric Cummings
Office: 104 Bone Hall
This option is designed to allow enrolled Cumberland University candidates to complete a full degree in the content area they wish to teach, and to become prepared for the rigors, challenges and rewards of a career in teaching through undergraduate and Master's level course work in educational methods and issues.
Candidates must declare their interest in this education option by the end of their sophomore year. Because this is an individualized course of study offered collaboratively by several Cumberland University Schools, and there are state-mandated requirements for candidate preparation for student teaching, anyone interested in this option must work closely with advisors from both the School of Education & Public Service and the School that offers the degree (i.e. the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences, the School of Music & the Arts, or the School of Business & Technology) to be sure that a correct progression of courses is taken.
A general description of the Master Teacher Option can be found on the University website.
Specifics of the Master Teacher Option for Biology Majors can be found on the University website. Candidates interested in a Chemistry 7-12 teacher's license must major in Biology, minor in Chemistry, and complete the Master Teacher Option.
Cumberland students who enroll in this option must meet the requirements of the two Teacher Education Progression (TEP I & II) checkpoints that include, among other things, Background checks and Praxis exams.
Note: Because this is an individualized course of study and there are state-mandated requirements for candidate preparation for student teaching, anyone interested in this option should meet early and often with advisors from both the School of Education & Public Service and the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences to be sure that the correct progression of courses is taken. Candidates choosing this option should attend the School of Education & Public Services annual mandatory advisory meetings.