The purpose of the concentration is to provide interested students with direct training and experience in the art and science of teaching at the college level, balanced with sufficient (i.e., 18 credit hours) of graduate-level course work in a particular field. A master’s degree is unlikely to provide sufficient educational background for a tenure-track position, but it can open the door to serving as an instructor or adjunct at a 4-year college/university or as a full-time instructor at a community college or junior college. Note that matching the focus of this concentration with your undergraduate major will increase your chances of being selected to teach at the college level.


In addition to the core requirements of the MLS program (D510, D501, D502, & D503) students will satisfy the following requirements:

  1. Electives: 15 credit hours
    • LBST-D591 Graduate Workshop on Teaching (1 cr. hr.)
    • LBST-D550 Teaching Assistant: 3 to 6 credit hours of this 3 credit hour teaching assistant course (Teaching Assistant Contract)
    • Enough additional credit hours in a single field to achieve 15 total elective hours
  2. Thesis project (tapping at least 2 schools): 6 credit hours
  3. Teaching dossier: student evaluations of teaching, faculty review of teaching, teaching philosophy