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Master of Science in Teacher Education

ASL Education Professional Internship Concentration (Post-Baccalaureate)

The Professional Internship concentration is 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 time line. 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.

Undergraduates – Apply here

Post-Baccalaureates – Apply here

American Sign Language (ASL) Education Professional Internship Courses Credit Hours
Required Courses  
TPTE 574 – Analysis of Teaching 2-3
TPTE 575 – Professional Internship 12
TPTE 591 – Clinical Studies 3-4
Additional Course Requirements 6
o    ASL 421 (offered summer term only) 3
o    ASL 422 3
o    ASL 545 3
o    ENED 509 or REED 543 3
o    For Thesis Option:
TPTE 500 6
Successful defense of the thesis
For Course only with Examination Option:
Successful completion of a comprehensive exam with a grade of Pass is required
Additional requirement
Candidates need a minimum score of Advanced level on SLPI or 4 or ASLPI

David Smith, research professor and instructional team lead

Jeffrey Davis, professor

Calvin Farley, lecturer

April Haggard, senior lecturer

Megan Wylie Potts, lecturer

Cheryl Shahan, clinical assistant professor

Bill Stricklen, senior lecturer

Kimberly Wolbers, professor

Forty-two credit hours are required to fulfill the requirements for the Master of Science, Professional Internship and thirty-six credit hours are required for the Course Only with Comprehensive Exam Option. Two-thirds of the total hours for the MS degree must be 500-level or above.

If you have questions about the program or the course of study, please contact:

David Smith, research professor

Email: dsmit147@utk.edu