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Belmont University Graduate Catalog 2016-17

Graduate Education Overview

Graduate Studies in Education

Bryce Sullivan, Dean - College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

Department of Education

Mark Hogan (Department Chair), Sally Barton-Arwood, Rachael Flynn-Hopper, Mona Ivey-Soto, Joy Kimmons, Lauren Lunsford, Kate McGowan, Cynthia Watkins.

Faculty from other academic areas:
Ryan Fox and Danielle Garrett.


As a central part of a premier teaching university, the unit provides the knowledge, skills, and experiences for a person to pursue a life-long commitment to quality teaching and/or learning. Our vision is for candidates  who see personal and professional development  as an integral human activity that involves both the development of their own knowledge and skills, plus the desire to assist others, children or adults,  in their development. We want our graduates to enjoy what they are doing and to be energized by creatively employing a variety of educative processes. We envision graduates who are positive role models in all senses and who continually reflect on their role and performance.

This vision, facilitated through and supported by Belmont University's vision of a consistently caring Christian environment, and enacted through our Conceptual Framework will enable the individual to build toward becoming an effective educator.


To provide an innovative approach to meet the needs of today's graduate candidates who are involved in any organization that is looking to grow and develop. A commitment to a strong theoretical base allied to the ability to successfully apply of this knowledge in a work-place context drives the purpose of these programs. Our overarching purpose is to assist candidates to effectively blend theory, research and practice, as they further their own development and assist in the development of others.


The goals for the Master of Education degree are for our graduates to:

  1. become scholars, skillful communicators, and competent practitioners, and reflective practitioners.
  2. integrate theory and practice to real world applications.
  3. facilitate the development of critical thinking, collaboration, clear communication, strong academic understanding, leadership and high ethical standards in themselves and others. 


The Department of Education offers three distinctly different graduate programs.

The MAT licensure program, leads to a state license to teach along with a graduate degree. The MAT is available with two options for clinical practice—internship or course-based. The internship is full time and can be completed in as little as 12 months. The course-based program can be structured to meet your individual time issues.

The Master of Arts in Special Education leads to a state license to teach in schools along with a graduate degree.

M.Ed. (Non-licensure)
The Master of Education is designed for graduate candidates looking to focus on their own development but who may also have an interest in assisting others in their organization to further develop their knowledge and skills. With several options designed to focus on different aspects of development or different organizational contexts graduates should be able to find a program that suits their needs. We also have a program that allows you to design over fifty percent of your program.

M.Ed. Programs:
     Learning and Organizational Change
     Teacher Leaders
     Leadership and Communication in Organizations
     Reading Specialist
     Non-Profit Leadership