The purpose of this program in Elementary, Secondary, or Special Education is to provide a route to initial teacher licensure with graduate work leading to a master’s degree. Students who successfully complete the degree program and meet all standardized test requirements will be eligible for licensure by the Tennessee Department of Education.

  • 42-44 hours (This does not include any extra classes required from the transcript evaluation.)
  • Students can enroll in the 14-month program that begins in June. Or, students may enroll in the spring or fall semester and complete the program in about a year and a half.
  • Students complete two internships in varied settings.
  • Students have the option of completing and presenting a thesis in partial fulfillment of graduate requirements.
  • Upon successful completion of this program, graduates should be eligible for a teaching license in one of the following:

Elementary Grades, K-5 - 42 Semester Hours

Middle Grades, 6-8 - 43 Semester Hours

Secondary Grades, 6-12 - 42 Semester Hours

Special Education - 45 Semester Hours

Students must submit a completed application and all supplemental application materials.

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