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Graduate Studies in Education

The degrees offered through the School of Education at Aquinas College reflect the belief that teaching is more than a career choice; it is both a gift and a mission. Students are prepared to be teachers of the Truth, thus enabling them to bring the message of salvation to bear on ethical, social, political, religious, and cultural issues in a variety of public, private, and parochial school settings.

Admission Requirements: Master of Education in Teaching and Learning (M.Ed.)

  1. Submit proof of a current or expired Teaching Certificate.
  2. Submit a completed Graduate Studies in Education Application and non-refundable $25 application fee.
  3. Submit a two page essay on one of the topics in this essay topics document.
  4. Submit one additional writing sample.
  5. Submit current resume.
  6. Submit two (2) recommendations using the forms provided by the School of Education. One recommendation must be from an administrator, college supervisor, or former employer. The other recommendation must be from a professional colleague or a former teacher who can evaluate applicant’s potential for success in a graduate program. Click here for the recommendation form.
  7. Provide (2) official transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities. If transcript is from an international institution: applicants must provide 2 official copies of a third party course by course credential evaluation. World Education Services (www.wes.org) or Educational Credential Evaluators (www.ece.org) offer this service.
  8. An interview is required. Applicant will be contacted to schedule an interview after application is submitted.
  9. Completed criminal background and fingerprint checks prior to admission.
  10. Applicants whose native language is not English, must submit a TOEFL test score of at least 600 (paper-based), or 250 (computer-based), or 100 (Internet-based).

Admission Requirements: Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.) – M.A.T. (K–6) or M.A.T. (7–12):

  1. Submit proof of a Bachelor’s degree.
  2. Submit a completed Graduate Studies in Education Application and non-refundable $25 application fee.
  3. Submit a two page essay on one of the topics in this essay topics document.
  4. Submit one additional writing sample.
  5. Submit current resume.
  6. Submit two (2) recommendations using the forms provided by the School of Education. One recommendation must be from an administrator, college supervisor, or former employer. The other recommendation must be from a professional colleague or a former teacher who can evaluate applicant’s potential for success in a graduate program. Click here for the recommendation form.
  7. Provide (2) official transcripts from all previously attended colleges or universities. If transcript is from an international institution: applicants must provide 2 official copies of a third party course by course credential evaluation. World Education Services (www.wes.org) or Educational Credential Evaluators (www.ece.org) offer this service.
  8. An interview is required. Applicant will be contacted to schedule an interview after application is submitted.
  9. Completed criminal background and fingerprint checks prior to admission.
  10. Applicants whose native language is not English, must submit a TOEFL test score of at least 600 (paper-based), or 250 (computer-based), or 100 (Internet-based).

Non-degree applicants, contact the School of Education for specific requirements.

Graduate Studies in Nursing

The purpose of the Master of Science in Nursing and the Post-Master’s Certificate in nursing education, consistent with the Mission and Core Values of Aquinas College and the philosophy of the School of Nursing, is to prepare registered nurses in the specialty role of nurse educator for faculty positions in schools of nursing and as clinical educators in health care facilities, in community settings and in other health care organizations. The programs are founded on beliefs in a moral community of learners committed to protecting and defending the dignity of every person in a contemporary era of encounter, dialogue, collaborative partnerships, transformation, technology advancement and global interactivity required to promote caring, integrity, diversity and excellence in nursing practice through nursing education.

Admission Requirements: M.S.N. in Nursing Education

  1. A baccalaureate degree in nursing from a ACEN or a CCNE accredited program. Applicants from non-ACEN or CCNE accredited nursing programs will be reviewed on an individual basis.
  2. Submit a completed Graduate Studies in Nursing Application and non-refundable $25 application fee.
  3. Submit an essay of 500 to 700 words describing applicant’s professional experience, career goals, and reasons for pursing graduate studies in nursing education.
  4. Submit current resume. Applicants must have minimum work experience of one year as a practicing registered nurse.
  5. Submit three (3) references using the Nursing Recommendation Form. One reference must be from a supervisor. The other references must be from previous nursing faculty, professional colleagues or other work supervisors who can evaluate applicant’s potential for success in a graduate program.
  6. Provide official transcript(s) from all previously attended colleges or universities.
  7. Minimum cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale preferred in all undergraduate or graduate nursing courses.
  8. Have a valid, unrestricted, unencumbered RN license to practice in Tennessee.
  9. Two independent interviews are required: one with the Director of the M.S.N. Program and one with a member of the Program Faculty.
  10. Completed criminal background and fingerprint check prior to admission to the Program.
  11. Transcript(s) from international institutions: applicants must provide an official copy of a third party course by course credential evaluation. World Education Services (www.wes.org) or Educational Credential Evaluators (www.ece.org) offer this service.
  12. Applicants whose native language is not English, must submit a TOEFL score of at least 600 (paper-based), or 250 (computer-based), or 100 (Internet-based) test.

Admission Requirements: Post-Master’s Certificate in Nursing Education

  1. Submit a completed Aquinas College Graduate application and non-refundable $25 application fee.
  2. Have a valid, unrestricted, unencumbered RN license to practice in Tennessee.
  3. Submit current resume. Applicants must have minimum work experience of one year as a practicing registered nurse.
  4. Two independent interviews are required: one with the Director of the MSN Program and one with a member of the Program Faculty.
  5. Completed criminal background and fingerprint check prior to admission to the Program.
  6. Official transcript for the Master of Science Degree in Nursing.
  7. Successful completion of graduate courses in Pathophysiology, Pharmacology, and Health Assessment.

Non-degree applicants, contact the School of Nursing for specific requirements.

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