Cumberland University

Master of Education (Instructional Leadership) M.Ed.

Cumberland University's Master of Education (Instructional Leadership) M.Ed. underwent a review by the Tennessee Department of Education and met or exceeded expectations for every standard. This comprehensive review of all Instructional Leadership program was completed by a committee of State Board of Education and select representatives from Institutions of Higher Education; the full report can viewed here. Our strong showing is testament to our Faculty's hard work, dedication, and proven records of effective leadership in K-12 schools.

The School of Humanities, Education and the Arts offers a Master of Education (Instructional Leadership) designed to prepare licensure and non-licensure candidates as K-12 school leaders. This program is taught by faculty with deep experience as school leaders at every level, including charter schools, alternative schools and district offices. The program of study combines practicum courses in which candidates engage in the work of school leadership and class-room based course work focused on the practical and applied lessons of leaders in the field, and enriched by the quality and experience of the students we attract. Those who complete this program graduate not just prepared to be a school leader, but ready to lead in the field.


All of CU's Education Master's programs in Education are Accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education, the standard of excellence for Teacher Education Programs.


Mission Statement

The mission of the Instructional Leadership program is to prepare candidates as K-12 school leaders. The Instructional Leadership program provides recurrent opportunities to unite theory and practice via field-based experiences that integrate content knowledge through the integration of theory, reflection and applied leadership opportunities. Through collaboration, shared decision-making, and a focus on achievement, the Instructional Leadership program will prepare competent, caring, qualified professionals and reflective practitioners.  

General Information

Course delivery will consist of on-site (face-to-face), hybrid, and online classes with some evening and/or weekend sessions required. Every faculty person the program has been in a school leadership position, and the university partners with school districts to ensure currency and relevancy of the curriculum. Adjunct faculty in the program are current principals in partnering school districts.