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2023-2024 Graduate Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Teacher Education Major, MS


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Campus Code


Knoxville Campus — all concentrations except for the ones listed under Distance Education

Distance Education

  • Educational Studies Concentration with the specialization in STEM—Science, Engineering, Mathematics and Technology—with an optional endorsement in Gifted Education)
  • Practitioner Concentration

Admissions Standards/Procedures


  • For all programs, students must meet all current graduate school admission requirements and departmental requirements in addition to submitting a graduate school application and a departmental application.
  • Three letters of recommendation are also required for the Educational Studies concentration.
  • Admission to the ABA concentration will be based on applicant GRE scores, grade point average at all collegiate levels, written goal statement, example of professional writing, background check clearance, professional references, and admission board interview.

Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Concentration — Coursework Only With Comprehensive Exam


The Teacher Education, MS; Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) concentration is designed to prepare practitioners to use behavior analytic techniques and treatment approaches to prevent and reduce problem behaviors and to increase appropriate behaviors and skills targeted to improve overall quality of life. The ABA concentration coursework is comprised of courses in Special Education and School Psychology programs. Content in this program of studies is primarily focused on treatment approaches for children and adults with learning or behavioral difficulties and their teachers and caregivers.

Credit Hours Required


30 graduate credit hours

Required Courses (21 credit hours)


Educational Studies Concentration — Thesis Option or Coursework Only With Comprehensive Exam Option


The Educational Studies concentration does not lead to initial teacher licensure but, depending on the student’s program of study, may lead to an additional endorsement area for an already licensed teacher. It is for students seeking to enhance their professional knowledge and expertise, for those preparing to teach on the post-secondary level, or for those preparing for careers that do not require teacher licensure.

The Educational Studies concentration encompasses specializations in American Sign Language (ASL) Education, Art Education, Cultural Studies of Educational Foundations, Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Elementary Education, English Education, Literacy Education, Mathematics Education, Science Education, Social Science Education, Special Education, Teaching and Learning, and World Language/ESL.

Credit Hours Required


Thesis Option: 33 graduate credit hours
Coursework Only With Examination Option: minimum 33 graduate credit hours

Required Courses


Additional Course Requirements


  • For Thesis Option:
    • 6 graduate credit hours of related studies, selected in consultation with and approved by the student’s advisor
    • 6 credit hours of TPTE 500
  • For Coursework Only With Comprehensive Exam Option:
    • 12 graduate credit hours of related studies, selected in consultation with and approved by the student’s advisor
  • For Both Options:
    • Two-thirds of total credit hours for MS degree must be 500-level or above

Non-Course Requirements


  • Thesis Option: Satisfactory completion of written thesis and oral defense of thesis
  • Coursework Only With Comprehensive Exam Option: Students to submit a written comprehensive examination.

Professional Internship Concentrations — Thesis Option or Coursework Only With Comprehensive Exam Option


The Professional Internship concentrations are intended for individuals seeking initial teacher licensure. Applicants to any of the professional internship concentrations must first interview with a teacher education admissions board and be admitted to teacher education. 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 timeline. Note that several of the concentrations have dual or triple pathway options that lead to additional licensure in English as a Second Language and/or Special Education. Program contact information can be found at the Theory and Practice in Teacher Education webpage: https://tpte.utk.edu/msprograms/.

Credit Hours Required


39 graduate credit hours for the Thesis Option

Minimum 30 graduate credit hours for the Coursework Only With Comprehensive Exam Option

Required Courses


Additional Course Requirements


Deaf Education Professional Internship


  • 9 graduate credit hours, chosen in consultation with advisor

English Education and English as a Second Language Professional Internship


  • 9 credit hours of electives selected in consultation with advisor

Social Sciences Education Professional Internship


Non-Course Requirements


  • Thesis Option: Successful defense of the thesis
    • ASL Education Professional Internship: Candidates need a minimum score of Advanced level on SLPI or 3+ on ASLPI.
    • Deaf Education Professional Internship: Candidates need a minimum score of Intermediate Plus on the SLPI.
  • Coursework Only With Comprehensive Exam Option: Successful completion of a comprehensive exam with a grade of Pass is required.
    • ASL Education Professional Internship: Candidates need a minimum score of Advanced level on SLPI or 3+ on ASLPI.
    • Deaf Education Professional Internship: Candidates need a minimum score of Intermediate Plus on the SLPI.

Practitioner Concentration — Coursework Only Without Comprehensive Exams Option


The Practitioner concentration in Teacher Education is offered only as a Distance Education program.

The Practitioner concentration is designed for students who are earning an initial teaching credential while serving as an instructor of record (i.e. as a “Job-Embedded Practitioner”) or as an Apprentice Teacher (i.e., as a “Grow Your Own” teacher candidate) in a school. State licensure requirements allow a partnership school system (or private school) to employ an individual as “instructor of record” or as an “apprentice teacher,” provided content/subject knowledge has been met, and the candidate has been admitted to an approved educator preparation program (EPP). The student would complete graduate-level coursework while carrying out the duties and responsibilities of a first-year teacher or an apprentice teacher, with school system and UT faculty as mentors, and has four years to complete licensure requirements. The Tennessee Department of Education’s Office of Educator Licensing will issue the license only at the recommendation of the approved educator preparation program.

Credit Hours Required


30 to 38 graduate credit hours

Required Courses


Specialization courses


Non-Course Requirements


  • The student must complete licensure requirements within three years.
  • Students in the World Language specialization must have completed a minimum of 24 graduate credit hours in the world language (WL) with at least 18 upper division credit hours in the WL with a 3.00 GPA average or above.
  • Students in the ASL Education specialization need a minimum score of Advanced level on SLPI or 3+ on ASLPI.
  • Students in the Deaf Education specialization need a minimum score of Intermediate Plus on the SLPI.

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