MTSU to offer graduate degrees in Shelbyville

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Middle Tennessee State University announced Wednesday it will offer a full-degree program in Shelbyville for those interested in earning a Master of Education or Education Specialist degree.

An enrollment meeting for the programs will be held Monday, Aug. 24, at 4 p.m. at the Bedford County Board of Education office.

Both programs are designed for currently licensed professional educators who wish to pursue additional higher education and acquire the skills to play a greater leadership role in educational institutions, according to a statement from the university.

The first two classes held in Shelbyville this fall will meet at Central High School, while work is still being done on the new Middle Tennessee Education Center in the Medical Arts Building.

Classes are usually offered on site Friday evenings from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and on Saturday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Two classes will be offered each semester comprising six weekends.

The Master of Education (M.Ed.) is a 33-hour track program designed for graduate study in the field of curriculum and instruction.

The Education Specialist (Ed.S.) is a 30-hour track program specifically for teachers, counselors and administrators wishing to pursue graduate study beyond the master's level.

"We've been doing this for 11 years and have about 20 complete programs around the state" said Dr. Marvin Peyton, coordinator of graduate off-campus programs in education leadership at MTSU.

"Our graduation rate is in the range of 96 percent, and our students do not have to come to the main campus for anything but graduation."

Students enrolled in this peer graduate off-campus cohort program can finish their graduate degree in five semesters. A peer cohort is a model in which an entering group of learners stays together for the entire program.

Students who wish to be a part of this cohort will be required to enroll in the graduate school and register for the two fall classes. Students must bring the following items to the enrollment meeting: 1) a copy of your teaching license; 2) a copy of your college transcript where you completed your most recent degree; and 3) a means of paying the enrollment fee and class fees.

The Aug. 24 enrollment meeting is the deadline for the cohort enrollment.

Students who wish to enroll or want more information should contact Angie Brown at (615) 898-2855 ( or Peyton at (615) 893-2574.