Dean: John W. McCoy
Director of MSEd Programs & Instructional Leadership Coordinator: Bonnie Eder
Literacy Education Coordinator: Krystal Bishop
Outdoor Education Program Director & Coordinator: Douglas Tilstra
Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program Coordinator: Steve French
Director of Counseling Programs & School Counseling Program Coordinator: Ileanna Freeman
Graduate Enrollment Counselor: Mikhaile Spence
Faculty: Krystal Bishop, Robert Coombs, Ardelle Dickinson, Bonnie Eder, Ileanna Freeman, Steve French, Alfredo Fuentes, Faith Laughlin, John W. McCoy, Carleton L. Swafford, Douglas Tilstra, Tron Wilder, Ruth WilliamsMorris
The mission of the School of Education and Psychology at Southern Adventist University is to prepare effective Christian professionals who demonstrate a commitment to the pursuit of truth, wholeness, and a life of service in a diverse society.
The School of Education and Psychology offers a Master of Science degree with two emphases in Counseling and a Master of Science in Education degree with three emphases.
The emphases in Counseling are:
- Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- School Counseling
The emphases in Education are:
- Instructional Leadership
- Literacy Education
- Outdoor Education
Most graduate courses in the School of Education and Psychology are offered in a face-to-face format. Certain courses, however, are offered in online, hybrid, and/or intensive seminar formats. For online course availability and more information visit online.southern.edu or contact the Southern Online office at 423.236.2087.
- GPA Requirement: A minimum of 3.25 grade point average on the undergraduate level or a 3.00 average (with no grade lower than a B-) on a minimum of 9 semester hours of graduate credit is required.
- TOEFL: International students whose language of education is not English must submit their score on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). A minimum score of 600 on the paper-based test, 250 on the computer-based test, or 100 on the Internet-based test is required for regular admission.
- Statement of Purpose: Prior to the faculty interview (see program-specific requirements), candidates are to complete a written “Statement of Purpose” regarding their motivation for joining the particular graduate program and what they hope to gain from the program.
- Background Check: Applicants must submit evidence of having passed a background check and affirm that they are not registered sex offenders on the Tennessee Sex Offender Registry. Legal declaration and waiver forms are available from the School of Education and Psychology.
- Résumé: Applicants are to submit a professional résumé.
- Admission Approval: Receive program admission approval from the appropriate admissions committee.
Regular admission may be granted when the applicant meets all admission requirements, including program-specific requirements. Individuals who lack a general graduate or program-specific requirement may be considered for provisional admission on an individual basis. In terms of GPA, individuals with an overall undergraduate grade point average of less than 3.25 may be considered for provisional admission if the grade point average of their upper division (300- and 400-level) courses exceeds a 2.75. Provisional acceptance may not extend beyond 9 credit hours, and is not extended to international students.
Transfer students seeking admission to a graduate program in the School of Education and Psychology may be granted provisional status if their incoming graduate GPA meets the minimum criterion of 3.00. Regular admission status may be granted upon successful completion of six hours in the area of emphasis (with a 3.00 average GPA and with no grade lower than a B-) and upon recommendation of the emphasis coordinator.
Credits taken while an individual is under “non-degree status” may be counted as “transfer credit” toward a graduate program in the School of Education and Psychology.
Admission to Candidacy
In order to enroll in Clinical Internship, MS in Counseling students must be admitted to candidacy. MSEd students must be admitted to candidacy in order to progress beyond the completion of 24 credit hours in their program. Students should refer to program-specific requirements for additional details.
To graduate from a Master of Science program in education or counseling, a candidate must complete all Southern and School of Education and Psychology requirements. See program-specific requirements for more information.