Cumberland University

School of Humanities, Education and the Arts


Our P-12 School partners, our students, and our faculty are pleased to be recognized for the high quality of our educator preparation programs.

Cumberland University participates in the Tennessee Teaching Scholars Program, which provides funds to encourage exemplary students to enter the teaching field. 

The Teacher Education Programs of the School of Humanities, Education, and the Arts are proud of our long-held regional reputation for consistently preparing excellent practitioners for careers in their chosen fields. We share a commitment to staying ahead of changes in policy and practice to maintain our reputation for excellence, and to deliver an education based on best current practices and a research-based body of knowledge that enables our graduates to serve their constituencies and communities professionally.

Our conceptual framework incorporates national standards for the development of new practitioners into our standing goal of preparing competent, caring, qualified professionals and reflective practitioners. (The full text of our Conceptual Framework.)

Educator Preparation Programs at Cumberland University are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). This accreditation covers initial teacher preparation programs and advanced educator preparation programs at Cumberland University. However, the accreditation does not include individual education courses that the institution offers to P-12 educators for professional development, re-licensure, or other purposes.

We offer five undergraduate and two graduate programs. 

Individuals currently holding a baccalaureate degree in another academic discipline may seek Tennessee licensure by completing a post-baccalaureate through Cumberland University.

Undergraduate Programs:

  • Child Growth & Learning
  • Health & Human Performance (Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions)
    • Physical Education & Health Emphasis
  • Secondary Education Dual Major (only offered as double major with other specific majors)
  • Special Education
  • Art Education
  • Music Education

NOTE: Cumberland Students interested in the Secondary Education dual major or in becoming an Art or Music teacher must have an advisor in their discipline and an advisor in a Teacher Education Program while at Cumberland to ensure that they take the correct courses to be eligible for a Teacher's License. Candidates interested in any type of Tennessee Teacher's License must take certain General Education Core courses as part of their program.

Graduate Programs: