2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
    
    Sep 15, 2019  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Teacher Education Major, MS


The Master of Science with a major in teacher education has two tracks. Non-Licensure Track 1 is for students who hold a valid Tennessee teaching license, or for those preparing to teach on the post-secondary level, or for those preparing for careers that do not require teacher licensure. Licensure Track 2 is designed for students seeking initial teacher licensure.

Both Non-Licensure Track 1 and Licensure Track 2 offer thesis and non-thesis options and require students to submit a written comprehensive examination. In addition, students completing theses must sit for an oral examination of their theses.
 

Non-Licensure Track 1


Non-Licensure Track 1 concentrations are art education; cultural studies of education foundations; education of the deaf and hard of hearing; elementary education; English education; literacy education; mathematics education; science education; science education (informal education); science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; social science education; special education; teaching and learning and world language/ESL education.

Admission

Students must meet all current graduate school admission requirements in addition to submitting a departmental application and three rating forms.

Requirements

  • Completion of a prescribed set of graduate courses: Core area (9 credit hours minimum) TPTE 517 , approved research course, ETEC 586 , ETEC 587  or approved educational or instructional technology course. 
  • Concentration area (12 credit hours). 
  • Related studies (3-12 credit hours). 
  • Completion of thesis or non-thesis option.

Thesis: Minimum 30 graduate credit hours, satisfactory completion of written thesis and oral defense of thesis; 2/3 of total hours for MS degree must be 500-level or above.

Non-Thesis: Minimum 33 graduate credit hours, satisfactory completion of written comprehensive examination; 2/3 of total hours for MS must be 500-level or above.

 

Content Fields Teaching • Teacher Education major, MS - Non-Licensure Track 1


Concentrations are: English Education, Mathematics Education, Science Education, Social Science Education, and World Language/ESL education.

Thesis Option

Minimum 30 credit hours of approved graduate coursework, 6 hours of TPTE 500 , and satisfactory completion of written thesis and oral defense of thesis. Two-thirds of the total credit hours for the MS must be 500-level courses or above.

Non-Thesis Option

Non-Thesis: Minimum 33 credit hours of approved graduate coursework and satisfactory completion of written and/or oral comprehensive examination. Two-thirds of the total hours for the MS must be 500-level courses or above.

Non-Thesis option  Credit Hours
* Core Area 9
Concentration Area 12
Related Studies 12
All classes must be approved by major advisor.  
* TPTE 517 ; EDPY 550 , EDPY 577 , EDAM 520 , or other approved research course; ETEC 586 , ETEC 587  or other approved educational technology course.

 

Art Education concentration • Non-Licensure Track 1


Advising Note for Thesis and Non-Thesis Options

  • The Non-Licensure Track I MS serves those students who have a BS, BA, or BFA and desire a master’s degree, but do not wish to pursue certification to teach art, or who already have certification to teach art and wish to pursue a master’s.
  • An exhibition, instead of a thesis, must be of work directed by art and art education faculty. The artwork must be completed while pursuing the master’s degree. A written paper must accompany the exhibition. The paper includes a philosophical statement; process and media explanation (demonstration of knowledge); compositional analysis of each work; and how the work relates to one’s personal artist statement.
  • For both tracks, a comprehensive written examination is required during the final semester of work. An oral exam is given over the thesis. Students are expected to read and meet requirements in the Graduate School section of the current catalog, with regard to admission applications, candidacy forms, scheduling comprehensive exam, as well as meeting all requirements regarding the courses in their graduate program.

 

Art Education concentration (Thesis Option) • Non-Licensure Track 1


  Credit Hours
1 Core 6
2 Concentration 18
Theory and Practice in Teacher Education TPTE 500  (Thesis)    6
  Total 30
1 Theory and Practice in Teacher Education TPTE 517 , Educational Psychology EDPY 577 , or other approved research design course.
2 Art Education ARED 510 , ARED 520 , ARED 530 , ARED 540 ; art history 400- or 500-level (3); studio art courses 400- or 500-level (3).

 

Art Education concentration (Non-Thesis Option) • Non-Licensure Track 1


  Credit Hours
1 Core 6
2 Concentration 21
500-Level Electives    6
  Total 33
1 TPTE 517 ; EDAM 520 ; EDPY 550 , EDPY 577 , or other committee approved research design.
2 ARED 510 , ARED 520 , ARED 530 , ARED 540 ; art history 400- or 500-level (3); studio art courses 400- or 500-level (3); TPTE 593  or TPTE 595 .

 

Cultural Studies of Educational Foundations concentration (thesis or problems option) • Non-Licensure Track 1


The concentration’s intellectual identity emerges from a post-disciplinary orientation which includes coursework and research across the traditions of anthropology, history, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and women’s studies. Academically based community service, community based participatory research, and philosophical, ethnographic, and feminist inquiry in the program coursework address fundamental issues in education and relations of power.

Requirements Credit Hours
1Concentration 15
2Specialization (choose one) 9
3Research 6
4Thesis or Problems in Lieu of Thesis 6
  Total 36
1 CSE 591 , CSE 592 . Select two from CSE 504 , CSE 511 , CSE 539 , CSE 545 , CSE 549 , CSE 550  OR CSE 639 .
2 Students can design their own specialization area such as gender studies in education; multicultural education; rural education; or religion, ethics and morality.
3 Select two courses from CSE 526 , EDPY 559 , EDPY 506 EDPY 682 , or advisor approved substitute.
4 CSE 500  or CSE 503 .

NOTE: To meet program requirements, students must select courses in consultation with a program advisor. Program totals are minimums and some students may be required to complete additional coursework to overcome background deficiencies.

 

Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing concentration • Non-Licensure Track 1


Contact the department head for information on this concentration.

 

Elementary Education concentration • Non-Licensure Track 1


Thesis Option

  Credit Hours
1 Core 9
2 Concentration 12
3 Related Studies 3
TPTE 500      6
  Total 30
1 EDPY 577  or other approved research design course; TPTE 517 ; 3 credit hours determined by student and advisor.
2 Choose from at least three areas – reading education, language arts education, mathematics education, science education, social studies education, elementary curriculum, middle school curriculum.
3 Determined by student and advisor.

Non-Thesis Option

  Credit Hours
1 Core 12
2 Concentration 15
3 Related Studies    6
  Total 33
1 EDPY 550 , EDPY 577 , EDAM 520 , or other approved research design course; TPTE 517 ; 6 credit hours determined by student and advisor.
2 Choose from at least three areas – reading education, language arts education, mathematics education, science education, social studies education, elementary curriculum, middle school curriculum
3 Determined by student and advisor.

 

Literacy Education concentration • Non-Licensure Track 1


Thesis Option

  Credit Hours
1 Core 9
Concentration (reading education courses) 12
2 Related Studies 3
 TPTE 500      6
  Total 30
1 EDPY 577  or other approved research design course; TPTE 517 ; 3 credit hours determined by student and advisor.
2 Choose 3 graduate credit hours from language arts education, English education, elementary curriculum, elementary education, middle school curriculum, special education, or educational psychology.

Non-Thesis Option

  Credit Hours
1 Core 12
Concentration (reading education courses) 12
2 Related Studies    9
  Total 33
1 EDPY 550 , EDPY 577 , EDAM 520 , or other approved research design course; TPTE 517 ; 6 credit hours determined by student and advisor.
2 Choose 9 credit hours from language arts education, English education, elementary curriculum, elementary education, middle school curriculum, special education, or educational psychology.

 

Science Education (Informal Education) concentration • Non-Licensure Track 1


Thesis Option

  Credit Hours
1 Core 9
2 Concentration 12
3 Related Studies 3
 TPTE 500  (Thesis)    6
  Total 30
1 EDPY 577  or other approved research design course; TPTE 517 ; 3 credit hours determined by student and advisor.
2 SCED 509 , SCED 510 ; 3 credit hours determined by student and advisor.
3 Determined by student and advisor.

Non-Thesis Option

  Credit Hours
1 Core 12
2 Concentration 15
3 Related Studies    6
  Total 33
1 EDPY 550 , EDPY 577 , EDAM 520 , or other approved research design course; TPTE 517 ; 6 credit hours determined by student and advisor.
2 SCED 509 , SCED 510 ; 6 credit hours determined by student and advisor.
3 Determined by student and advisor.

 

Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics concentration • Non-Licensure Track 1


Note: STEM offers a specialization in gifted education. Specific course selection and sequence should be determined in consultation with student’s advisor. This concentration is offered via distance education (DE).

Thesis Option Only

  Credit Hours
1Core 12
2Concentration 12
  Related Studies 6
 TPTE 500  (Thesis)    6
  Total 36
1 TPTE 517 ; TPTE 540 ; ETEC 586 ; TPTE 588  
2 SCED 572 ; SCED 509 ; MEDU 543  or SCED 543 MEDU 583  or SCED 565 ; ELED 524 ; EDDE 504  or SPED 506  (3 credit hours); SPED 574 ; SPED 575  

 

Special Education concentration • Non-Licensure Track 1


Thesis Option

  Credit Hours
1 Core 12
2 Concentration 12
 TPTE 500  (Thesis)    6
  Total 30
1 SPED 556 ; EDPY 505 , SPED 590 , SPED 553 .
2 Select appropriate courses with major advisor.

Courses in Gifted Education specialization are available via distance education: SPED 574 ; SPED 575 ; ELED 524 ; SCED 572 ; SPED 506 . Specific course selection and sequence should be determined in consultation with the student’s advisor. Gifted courses may be taken in partial fulfillment of degree requirements in other degree programs upon approval of the student’s graduate committee.

Non-Thesis Option

  Credit Hours
1 Core 12
2 Concentration  24
  Total 36
1 SPED 556 ; EDPY 505 , SPED 590 , SPED 553 .
2 Select appropriate courses with major advisor.

Courses in Gifted Education specialization are available via distance education: SPED 574 ; SPED 575 ; ELED 524 ; SCED 572 ; SPED 506 . Specific course selection and sequence should be determined in consultation with the student’s advisor. Gifted courses may be taken in partial fulfillment of degree requirements in other degree programs upon approval of the student’s graduate committee.

 

Teaching and Learning concentration • Non-Licensure Track 1


Thesis Option

  Credit Hours
1 Core 9
2 Concentration 9
3 Related Studies 6
TPTE 500      6
  Total 30
1 EDPY 577  or other approved research design course; TPTE 517 ; approved educational technology course.
2 Faculty approved graduate courses in curriculum or instructional pedagogy.
3 Faculty approved graduate courses in leadership, strategic planning, adult education, or other committee approved topics.

Non-Thesis Option

  Credit Hours
1 Core 9
2 Concentration 12
3 Related Studies    9
  Total 30
1EDPY 550 , EDPY 577 , EDAM 520 , or other approved research design course; TPTE 517 ; approved educational technology course.  
2Faculty approved graduate courses in curriculum or instructional pedagogy.  
3Faculty approved graduate courses in leadership, strategic planning, adult education, or other committee approved topics.  

 

Licensure Track 2: Initial Licensure Programs


The Licensure Track 2 master’s is intended for individuals desiring to earn teacher licensure. Applicants to this program must first be admitted to teacher education. Elementary, or secondary English and social sciences education applicants must complete the equivalent of an undergraduate minor in either elementary or secondary education while applicants for either of the grades 6-8 teaching concentrations complete the grades 6-8 minor.  Applicants interested in a grades 6-8 concentration for mathematics complete an undergraduate major in mathematics and applicants interested in a grades 6-8 teaching concentration in one of the sciences complete an undergraduate major in that area. Applicants interested in a grades 6-8 teaching concentration for both mathematics and science should consult with a CEHHS advisor. Applicants interested in secondary math or science education should contact the CEHHS Office of Student Services for further guidance on available options at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Post-baccalaureate students interested in seeking licensure in art education, special education, world language education, or in other fields that require students to earn an undergraduate major would be expected to complete an equivalent undergraduate program of study. Please refer to the catalog for complete details. Individuals are encouraged to contact the college’s Student Services Center, A332 Bailey Education Complex, for a diagnostic interview and to develop a tentative course of study and time line.

Requirements

Teacher Education, MS:  Licensure Track 2 common course requirements

Master’s Track 2 programs are 36 graduate credit hours (non-thesis); 42 graduate credit hours (thesis). Students, regardless of teaching area (e.g., elementary, secondary, etc.), complete a common teacher licensure core of 24 graduate credit hours during the professional year (see below).

Professional Year Teacher Licensure common core courses (24 credit hours)

TPTE 574  (2-3), TPTE 575  (12), TPTE 591  (3-4), specialty studies (6)

Additional Course Requirements (12 credit hours)

In addition to the Professional Year Teacher Licensure common core courses listed above, students must complete an additional 12 credit hours of graduate coursework that is unique to their particular teacher preparation field.
 

Art Education concentration


ARED 510 , ARED 520 , ARED 530 , ARED 540 
 

Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing concentration


Research elective (3); non-specified electives (9).
 

Elementary Teaching concentration


6 credit hours chosen from MEDU 530 , REED 530 , SCED 531 , or SSCE 521 , 6 credit hours of educational electives chosen from historical, philosophical, or social foundations; educational technology; reading education; language arts education; science education; social science education; elementary education; issues in teacher education.
 

English as a Second Language Education concentration


TPTE 517 ; advisor approved electives (9).
 

Mathematics Grades 6-8 Teaching concentration


TPTE 517 ; REED 543 ; 6 credit hours of electives (see faculty advisor).
 

Science Grades 6-8 Teaching concentration


TPTE 517 ; REED 543 ; 6 credit hours of electives (see faculty advisor).
 

Special Education concentration


SPED 553 , SPED 556 ; 6 credit hours of electives (see advisor).
 

Secondary Teaching concentration


TPTE 517 ; TPTE 549 , or TPTE 588 , or an elective in the history of sociology or philosophy of education; 6 credit hours of specialty area electives (see faculty advisor).
 

World Language Education concentration


TPTE 517 ; ETEC 586  or ETEC 587  (or approved educational technology course); approved graduate class in the World Language; WLEL 445  and WLEL 455  (Teaching World Languages, PreK-5).