Academics

Master of Education



To inquire about this program:

Program and Admission Information | Karen Bowling | 800.325.0900, ext. 7057 | karen.bowling@lmunet.edu

Program and Admission Information | Kay Lewis | 800.325.0900, ext. 7068 | kay.lewis@lmunet.edu

Program and Admission Information, Counseling Department | Kristen Smith | 865.531.4110 | kristen.smith@LMUnet.edu


MEd in Counseling


The purpose of the program in Counseling is to prepare students for effective performance in professional positions in counseling in school and non-school settings. The prospective student should consult the Chair of the Counseling Program prior to enrollment regarding the appropriateness of this curriculum to her or his situation and professional objectives. The program places heavy emphasis on the interpersonal and helping relationship and requires considerable commitment on the part of the student. Once admitted, the student must consult with his or her faculty advisor concerning proper sequencing of courses and licensure requirements.

The Counseling program combines academic preparation in the areas of counseling and guidance and research with practica and internship assignments. Emphasis areas are available in PreK-12 School Counseling, Mental Health Counseling,

Students in both Counseling Concentrations (PreK-12 School and Mental Health) must take the Common Counseling Core, which consists of 36 credit hours. In each of the classes in the following Common Core, Counseling students complete case studies, coursework, research papers and other assignments individualized to their specific concentration area:

Common Core (All 3 Credit Hours)
CG 501 – Professional Orientation and Ethics in Counseling
CG 521 – Career Counseling
CG 531 – Social and Cultural Aspects of Counseling
CG 541 – Counseling Skills
CG 581 – Psychology of Human Development
CG 593 – Practicum in Counseling
CG 611 – Counseling Theories
CG 621 – Crisis Intervention and Consultation
CG 631 – Group Counseling
CG 662 – Psychopathology
CG 671 – Assessment in Counseling
EDUC 511 – Research and Statistics

In addition to this common core of Counseling classes, students are required to take courses within their concentration as follows:

PreK-12 School Counseling


The PreK-12 School Counseling Program has been designed to meet all the academic requirements for licensure as a PreK-12 Counselor in the state of Tennessee.  The PreK-12 School Counseling program is a total of 48 credit hours, consisting of the 36 credit hour Counseling Common Core with an additional 12 hours of specialization in PreK-12 School Counseling, as follows:

PreK-12 School Counseling Concentration Specific Classes – 12 Credit Hours

CG 508 – Introduction to School Counseling (3 Credit Hours)
EAS 561 – School Law (3 Credit Hours)
CG 698 – Internship and Seminar in School Counseling (6 credit hours)

Additional PreK-12 Licensure program requirements:  
  • The Practicum/Internship requirement consists of 700 total clock hours of Field-Based Experience (Practicum-100 hours; Internship-600 hours). Specific requirements for the Practicum and Internship courses can be found in the Internship/Practicum Application packets. Students are required to be covered by insurance provided with an American Counseling Association student membership.  Students are responsible for obtaining their own personal ACA Student Membership.
  • Students are required by the State Department of Education to pass the Praxis Specialty Area Test in School Counselor with a score of at least 580 to be eligible for Licensure as a PreK-12 School Counselor in Tennessee. Students in other states are responsible for following the licensing policies of their respective governing boards.

Mental Health Counseling


The focus of the Mental Health Counseling program is to prepare counselors as leaders with the knowledge, skills, proficiencies and dispositions to meet the changing counseling needs of clients in the community agency and mental health settings. The purpose of the program is to prepare students for effective performance in professional positions in counseling as encountered within community settings. In addition to the aforementioned 36 core hours students will be required to complete the following:

Mental Health Counseling Concentration Specific Classes - 24 credit hours

CG 509 – Foundations of Mental Health Counseling
CG 551 – Personality and Mental Health
CG 651 – Evidence-based Treatment and Treatment Planning
CG 669 – Psychopharmacology for Counselors
CG 699 – Internship and Seminar in Mental Health Counseling – (6 Credit Hours)
CG/EDUC – 2 Elective 3 Credit Courses

Additional Mental Health Counseling Licensure requirements:

Graduates of LMU’s Mental Health Counseling program will satisfy the State of Tennessee’s academic course work requirements for licensure in professional counseling (LPC). After graduating, students must pass a national counselor certification test (NCE) and complete post master’s supervision hours prior to LPC licensure, as stipulated by the related Health Licensing Board. Students majoring in Mental Health Counseling are required to be covered by insurance provided with an American Counseling Association student membership. Students are responsible for obtaining their own personal ACA Student Membership.

For more information on the Counseling Program, including application materials, handbooks and syllabi, click here.

Curriculum and Instruction


The purpose of the major in Curriculum and Instruction is to provide opportunities for students to develop new skills, update knowledge, and engage in professional development. The program will provide opportunities for candidates to explore their roles as teachers in a changing society and to continue to develop their skills in working with school-age students. Students with this major normally are licensed teachers.

The degree requirements include 33 semester credit hours of successful
coursework. A Program of Study must be filed after official written notification
of admission to graduate studies has been received.

Core Courses:                                                          
EDUC 501 Foundations of American Education (3hrs)
EDUC 511  Research and Statistics (3hrs)

Major Area:
CI 501         Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (3hrs)
EAS 501      Leadership and School Improvement (3hrs)
EAS 541      School and Community Relations (3hrs)
EAS 561      School Law (3hrs)
EDUC 551 Supervision for Teaching and Learning (3hrs)
EDUC 602 Structuring Learning Environments (3hrs)
EDUC 607 Brain Compatible Teaching and Learning (3hrs)
Electives: Graduate-Level Education Courses (6hrs)
TOTAL         33

Educational Administration and Supervision
(Leadership License)


The program is designed to license school administrators based on State Board policy and standards. In order to be eligible for the program, a candidate must have:

  • a valid Tennessee Teacher License
  • three years successful educational experience
  • basic computer skills
  • a completed Recommendation for Consideration by a practicing administrator
  • completed the university application process
Program Application and Admission
All prospective Educational Administration and Supervision (Leadership license) students must complete the following requirements after being recommended by their particular school systems:

  • Submit to LMU a completed Recommendation for Consideration for the Lincoln Memorial University Educational Administration and Supervision Licensure Program. This form must be completed by a practicing administrator. When the Recommendation for Consideration form has been submitted to Lincoln Memorial, an application packet will be mailed to the student.
  • Complete the Application for Graduate Education Studies, Educational Administration and Supervision Program form. A $25 application fee is required to be attached to the form. Official transcripts verifying the bachelor’s degree must be forwarded to Lincoln Memorial University from the bachelor’s degree institution.
  • Complete the Candidate Portfolio requirements and forward to the Graduate Education office.
Candidate Portfolio Requirements
  • Copy of current teacher license
  • Evidence of three years successful educational experience
  • Copy of most recent performance appraisal
  • Copy of current professional development plan
  • Evidence of ability to improve student achievement and also demonstrate leadership in coaching other teachers to raise achievement
  • Evidence of knowledge about curriculum, instruction, and assessment
  • A personal statement of career goals and how the preparation program would assist the candidate in reaching those goals
  • Recommendation as stated in each partnership agreement
  • Evidence that describes qualities of collaboration, cooperation, and relationship building
  • Demonstration of effective oral and written communication skills Candidates may select additional information to be included in the portfolio to demonstrate leadership potential. The portfolio should be submitted to the graduate office (two paper copies).
The program is sequential beginning each summer semester as follows:

Summer Semester
EDUC 501    Foundations of American Education (3 hrs)
EDUC 511    Research and Statistics (3 hrs)
EDUC 596    Practicum in Leadership (1 hr)
Fall Semester
EAS 501       Leadership and School Improvement (3 hrs)
EDUC 551    Supervision for Teaching and Learning (3 hrs)
EDUC 596    Practicum in Leadership/Supervision (2 hrs)
Spring Semester
CI 501          Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (3 hrs)
EAS 541       School and Community Relations (3 hrs)
EDUC 596    Practicum in Curriculum/School and (2 hrs)
Community Relations
Summer Semester
EAS 561       School Law (3 hrs)
EAS 571       School Finance and Management (3 hrs)
EDUC 596    Practicum in Law/Finance/Capstone (4 hrs)
School Leaders Licensure Assessment (SLLA) test passed
TOTAL                  33 hrs

Candidates must pass the SLLA test in order to be recommended for the
license as an instructional leader.

The following program of study in Education Administration and Supervision
is designed for candidates who are out-of-state Administration licensure students or who are Tennessee non-licensure Administration majors:

Core Courses:                                                         
EDUC 501 Foundations of American Education (3hrs)
EDUC 511 Research and Statistics (3hrs)

Major Area:
CI 501         Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment (3 hrs)
EAS 501      Leadership and School Improvement (3 hrs)
EAS 541      School and Community Relations (3 hrs)
EAS 561      School Law (3 hrs)
EAS 571      School Finance and Management  (3 hrs)
EDUC 551 Supervision for Teaching and Learning (3 hrs)
EDUC 596 Practicum in Education (3 hrs)
Electives: Graduate-Level Education Courses (6 hrs)
TOTAL                            33