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Master of Education Degree Offers Two New Concentrations - Both Include an iPad® with Enrollment

December 16, 2011 - Union University’s Master of Education degree will soon be offering two new concentrations, as a part of the School of Education’s teacher education initiative, the Union University Teacher Education Initiative (UUTEI). The two new concentrations include Teaching & Learning and Instructional Leadership, both of which will begin June 2012. Both programs will provide enrolled students with a free iPad®, which will be used as part of the technology integrated learning structure of the new degree programs. Classes for the programs will be offered in traditional and online formats, with many courses utilizing a blended (i.e., face-to-face and online) technology structure. Affordable tuition rates will be competitive with area private and public universities.

Dr. Stephen R. Marvin, Director of the M.Ed. Program on the Germantown, TN campus, stated, “ These are extremely exciting times within graduate education at Union University. The numerous changes within our M.Ed. program will strengthen an already rigorous and innovative graduate degree.  It is vital for our students to be on the forefront of education, and we are therefore elated to provide iPad® technology free of charge to every student within our M.Ed. program.  We are eager to provide the two new concentrations, one of which will lead to licensure in Instructional Leadership, and the other in Teaching and Learning.  Our TEAM certified professors are enthusiastic about helping Union students become increasingly successful in their classrooms, and ultimately helping the children in our communities.”

The new concentration in Teaching & Learning will offer highly relevant courses for today’s classroom teacher, and will be framed by practical emphasis on the new statewide teacher evaluation system. The program offers opportunities for continuing professional development for the experienced classroom teacher in the areas of curriculum, instruction and leadership. Students will be taught by TEAM-certified, Union University faculty members.

The Instructional Leadership concentration is a licensure curriculum to prepare school principals and curriculum supervisors. This degree provides opportunities for students to develop their knowledge and skills toward becoming leaders in schools and school districts. A minimum of three years of teaching experience is required of those starting this degree program. Students completing the Instructional Leadership track must successfully pass the state licensure exam to obtain both the M.Ed. degree and state licensure.

The inclusion of a free iPad® with enrollment demonstrates the programs commitment to offer students the most relevant and current learning tools as a part of their graduate studies. The Master of Education degrees will be the first at Union University to provide enrolled students with an iPad®.

The new concentrations will be offered on all three of Union’s campuses, located in Jackson, Germantown, and Hendersonville, Tennessee. Prospective students can learn more about the degree offerings, including application information, by visiting http://uu.edu/med .