In This Section:
- TEP Handbook and Requirements
- School of Humanities, Education and the Arts
- Vision, Mission, Purpose & Goals
- Teacher Licensure
- Programs that Lead to Teacher Licensure
- Teacher Training Program Effectiveness Report Card
- Master of Arts in Teaching
- Master of Arts in Education
- Master of Education in Instructional Leadership
Programs that Lead to Teacher Licensure
Cumberland University offers seven undergraduate majors or options that are delivered collaboratively by faculty across the University and that satisfy Tennessee's standards for initial teacher licensure.
- Bachelor of Science, Child Growth & Learning
- Bachelor of Fine Arts, Arts Education Track
- Bachelor of Music, Music Education Track
- Bachelor of Science, Health & Human Performance, Physical Education and Health Track
- Secondary Education (dual major only with another academic major)
- Bachelor of Science, Special Education
- Candidates interested in teaching biology or business education are required to complete a degree in their field from either the School of Humanities, Education and the Arts or the Labry School of Science, Technology and Business and participate in the Master Teacher Option.
Details on these programs and options are below. Please see an advisor early and often during your time at Cumberland to ensure that your coursework satisfies both the requirements for your degree and for teacher licensure by the State of Tennessee.
Child Growth & Learning
Program Head: Dr. Kim Finch
Office: 201 Bone Hall
Licensure: Candidates who complete this program of study will be eligible for an Elementary Education, K-6 Tennessee teacher's license. If candidates are interested in an Early Childhood Education PreK-3 or Early Development PreK-K license, they may complete additional courses, or substitute specific courses in the Child Growth & Learning major to meet state requirements for these these types of licensure.
Click here to see the Child Growth & Learning Program of Study.
Cumberland University is proud to offer a Secondary Education dual major. This dual-degree option is offered collaboratively by the faculty of the School of Humanities, Education and the Arts and the School of Science, Technology, and Business to ensure that Cumberland graduates interested in teaching in Tennessee’s high schools are highly qualified to teach in their subject area,
The Secondary Education dual major option is 36 semester-hours, including student teaching, and can only be taken as a dual major. These dual major options can be completed in 120-130 semester hours (completing the standard majors requires 120 hours). Students interested in teaching biology or business will complete the special Master Teacher option. A dual major limits the number of general electives a student may take -- and limits some choices of GEC classes, so it is important that students interested in this option see an advisor early in their program of studies.
Program Head: Dr. Marjorie Anderson
Office: 200 Bone Hall
Licensure: Through this option candidates seeking an initial Tennessee teacher’s license for the middle or high school levels can complete a dual major in certain academic fields and Secondary Education in four years. pCumberland University students may complete a dual major in English, History, Mathematics or Psychology and Secondary Education for licensure to teach these subjects in grades 7-12.
Candidates must participate in the Teacher Education Phase (TEP) I and II interviews (see Schools of Humanities, Education and the Arts), and attend mandatory licensure advisory meetings at the beginning of each semester. Please see an advisor in the Schools of Humanities, Education and the Arts and the Labry School of Science Technology and Business for complete details.
For the English & Secondary Education dual major program of study, See University Catalog.
For the Mathematics & Secondary Education dual major program of study, See University Catalog.
For the History & Secondary Education dual major program of study, See University Catalog.
For the Psychology & Secondary Education dual major program of study, See University Catalog.
Additional licensure endorsements in economics, Geography, Chemistry, Government, and Sociology may be added to licenses with additional coursework.
This major is designed for candidates interested in teaching in Special Education classrooms from PreK-12 Classrooms. Financial assistance may be available to qualified applicants through Tennessee's Special Education Licensure Program for either an initial license or an Add-on Endorsement in Special Education Please contact the program head below.
Program Head: Dr. Sandy Smith
Office: 201 Bone Hall
Licensure: Candidates will be eligible for K-12 licensure upon completion of this degree. Candidates interested in teaching students with severe & profound disabilities will substitute courses in the course of study. Candidates intersted in PreK Special Education will complete an additional set of courses beyond the requirements for degree in order to be eligible for the Special Education Early Childhood PreK-3 license.
This program is designed for candidates interested in teaching Physical Education in grades K-12 and Health Education in Secondary schools.
Program Head: Dr. George Walker
Office: Bone Hall 207
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 Master of Arts in Teaching.
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 Schools of Humanities, Education and the Arts and the School that offers the degree (i.e. the School of Humanities, Education and the Arts and the Labry School of Science and Technology and the Rudy School of Nursing and Health Professions) to be sure that a correct progression of courses is taken.
A general description of the Master Teacher Option can be found by clicking here.
Specifics of the Master Teacher Option for Biology Majors can be found by clicking here. 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 Humanities, Education, and the Arts and the School of Science Technology, and Business to be sure that the correct progression of courses is taken. Candidates choosing this option should attend annual mandatory advisory meetings.