Programs that Lead to Teacher Licensure

Cumberland University offers seven undergraduate majors, tracks 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 Liberal Arts & Sciences or the School of Business & Technology and participate in the Master Teacher Option.

Details on these programs, tracks 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

The Child Growth and Learning major is designed for candidates interested in elementary education. 

Program Head: Dr. Kim Finch
Email: kfinch@cumberland.edu
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.
 

Secondary Education Dual Major

Cumberland University is proud to offer a Secondary Education dual major starting fall, 2010. This dual-degree option is offered collaboratively by the faculty of the Schools of Liberal Arts & Sciences (SLAS) and Education & Public Service 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 SLAS 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
Email: manderson@cumberland.edu
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. Cumberland 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 entering Fall 2010 (first-time freshman or transfers) will enroll in this program if they seek a 7-12 Tennessee teacher’s license. Current CU students who are enrolled in a “with licensure” degree from previous catalogs may complete their program or change to the new dual major program.

Candidates must participate in the Teacher Education Phase (TEP) I and II interviews (see School of Education & Public Service website), and attend mandatory licensure advisory meetings at the beginning of each semester. Please see an advisor in the School of Education & Public Service or the School of Liberal Arts & Sciences for complete details.

For the English & Secondary Education dual major program of study, click here.

For the Mathematics (Track I) & Secondary Education dual major program of study, click here.
For the History & Secondary Education dual major program of study, click here.
For the Psychology & Secondary Education dual major program of study, click here.

Additional licensure endorsements in economics, Geography, Chemistry, Government, and Sociology may be added to licenses with additional coursework.

Special Education

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
Email: sandy.smith@cumberland.edu
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.

Click Here for the Program of Study.

 

Health & Human Performance - Physical Education and Health Emphasis

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

Email: gwalker@cumberland.edu

Office: Bone Hall 207

Master Teacher Option

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
Email: ecummings@cumberland.edu
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 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 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 Service’s annual mandatory advisory meetings.