Master of Education

Master of Education (M.Ed.)

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The Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction (M.Ed.) program at Carson-Newman helps educators reach their professional goals and become leaders in the field of education. Designed for graduate students who are already working full-time, this flexible M.Ed. program is completed 100% online. Carson-Newman provides opportunities to add additional endorsements for those who hold an active Tennessee Teaching License such as: Reading Specialist, Special Education, Teaching ESL, or Instructional Leadership.


  • Academic Excellence: Due to our exceptional faculty, program reputation, and student outcomes, Carson-Newman’s online graduate education program is the #1 private program in the state of TN (and #2 overall) according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • Advanced educational knowledge from a Christian worldview: Whether you are teaching in public or private higher education, C-N’s M.Ed. program will not only prepare you with extensive knowledge and trends in contemporary higher education but will do so from a Christian worldview that will further equip you to help your students reach their full potential.
  • Authentic learning community: Many online programs can be impersonal, a place where you are one among many. At C-N, we foster an authentic learning community, a place where you will be known by your faculty and your peers and develop relationships that will last a lifetime.
  • Advanced educational skill: Carson-Newman education graduates achieve success. Our graduates have been recognized for three Tennessee teachers of the year awards over the last decade.
  • Career Advancement: Most graduates not only earn higher salaries in their current roles but also will often obtain leadership positions within their school districts.
  • Accelerated program that fits your schedule: Balancing life, career, and educational goals can be challenging. We have intentionally designed an accelerated program that works for you and can be completed in 5 semesters.
  • Choose a Specialty: God may have wired you with a unique passion and interest in particular area of education. We offer opportunities to add additional endorsements for those who hold an active Tennessee Teaching License. You can select: Reading Specialist, Special Education, Teaching ESL, or Educational Leadership.



Carson-Newman M.Ed. graduates are in high demand in classrooms around the country. The kind of salary you can expect is dependent upon a variety of factors, including experience, location, and education.

  • 9% job growth: The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) projects demand for teachers will grow by an average of 9% by 2028.

  • Robust Salary: The BLS reports that P-12 and post-secondary teachers earn a median salary of $65,070.

  • Increased earnings: Earning a master’s degree could allow a teacher to earn an additional $2,760 in their first year of teaching compared to a bachelor’s degree, according to NCTQ.

  • Advanced leadership roles: Educators with an M.Ed. are eligible for leadership roles in the education field, positions which tend to earn a higher salary. School principals, for example, have a median salary of $98,000 per year, according to the BLS. Other leadership occupations you can consider include:

    • Administrator

    • Curriculum Developer

    • Educational Director

    • School Counselor

    • Instructional Specialist

Admissions Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a four-year, regionally accredited college or university
  • Official transcripts from all institutions in which you have attended
  • Verification of employment OR Background records check is required except for persons currently employed in a P-16 setting that requires a background check. The employment recommendation form will be used to verify current employment in a P-16 setting that requires the background record check.
  • Praxis scores (optional)

The Educator Preparation Program (EPP) at Carson-Newman University is fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Each licensure area listed on this page was part of the most recent joint review conducted by CAEP and the Tennessee Department of Education. For information regarding the CAEP Annual Reporting Measures, click here.