The 13-month M.A. in Holistic Education program provides a “fifth year” of advanced study leading to licensure for those who have completed a baccalaureate degree from the Templar School of Education. This M.A. cannot be taken as a stand-alone program.

During the local public or Christian school year, candidates serve an internship that begins on the first day teachers return to the classroom and continues through the teachers’ final day. Interns complete base placements in their primary licensure area with two alternative placements in the other areas of licensure, other grade levels, and in public and Christian schools in various combinations. Successful completion of the program leads to licensure from the Tennessee State Board of Education; certification by the Association of Christian Schools International (ACSI); and a Master of Arts degree from Johnson University.

Application Deadlines

February 1

Nikki Votaw
Program Director

Dept Contact


This degree offers four concentrations:

  • Early Childhood Education with PreK-3 licensure
  • Elementary Education & English as a Second Language Education with K-5 licensure and PreK-12 ESL licensure
  • Special Education Interventionist Concentration with Grades K-8
  • English as a Second Language Concentration with Grades PreK-12

Music Education and Physical Education students may also pursue the M.A. in Holistic Education.


Coursework may include:

  • STEM Beyond the Classroom
  • Brain-Based Learning
  • Curriculum & Diversity
  • Statistics

For more details on this program, check out our academic catalog.


Graduates with this degree will become educators who teach the whole child with integrative practices and will be prepared as experienced teachers in their choice of concentration.