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Master of Science in Teacher Education

Elementary Education Professional Internship Concentration

The College of Education, Health, & Human Sciences at the University of Tennessee has one of the few nationally ranked teacher licensure programs. The major distinctions of this program are as follows:

  • Admission is selective
  • The candidates have completed a bachelor’s degree
  • A one-year internship guarantees a full range of professional experiences
  • The internship counts as one year’s teaching experience in Tennessee
  • A master’s degree can be completed in the process

Candidates must complete at least 75 semester hours of college courses with at least a 2.75 overall grade point average (GPA). These semester hours should include at least 12 hours of social science courses at the 300 level or above. Candidates’ overall GPA in the Social Sciences must be 2.5 or higher. Candidates must complete:

  • Core Academic Skills for Educators test (CORE)

A candidate may be considered exempt from the CORE test, if

  1. Earned a composite ACT minimum score of 21; composite SAT minimum score of 1530, or
  2. Candidate has bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college/university.

Information regarding dates, times, and registration is available through the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences’ Advising and Student Services Center.

  • Candidates should complete all of the above requirements during the junior year or as soon as possible if one has a Bachelor’s Degree.
  • Once screening tests are completed, candidates will be invited to interview with the Elementary Teaching Admission Board. Candidates should plan to meet all of the per-requisites and interview by the fall semester preceding the internship. Admitted candidates may be accepted for the following or a subsequent fall depending upon available slots. Each candidate is responsible for informing their academic advisor of changes in intern plans. Intern slots are not guaranteed for years other than the one applied for and accepted for during the admission process.
  • Application for the internship should be made one year in advance of the professional year. Please contact the Office of School Based Experiences to apply. An orientation to the internship is required during the spring semester prior to the professional year.

  • Eligible undergraduate candidates may apply for senior privilege and complete a maximum of 9 graduate hours as a part of the undergraduate program.
  • Application to Graduate School should be made during the spring semester prior to the internship.
  • Candidates will seek the Master of Science Degree with a major in Teacher Education and a concentration in Elementary Teaching.

All candidates are required to take the Praxis examinations before the Professional Teaching License is awarded.

Admitted candidates will complete a prescribed set of courses. Certain courses must be completed before the internship year begins; other courses must be taken in conjunction with the internship, and the remainder are normally completed following the internship. For a list of courses see “Course of Study” under MS – Educational Studies.

Elementary Faculty and Advisors

Faculty contact: Amy Broemmel, associate professor


Rural Cohort ; Jennifer Jordan, clinical associate professor


To view the course of study

Please follow this link to the UT Catalog.