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Master of Science in Teacher Education

Educational Studies Concentration, English Education Specialization

Admission and Progression

The College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences at The University of Tennessee, has one of the few nationally ranked teacher education programs. The major distinctions of this program are as follows: admission is granted based on an outstanding undergraduate academic record and selected other factors; candidates must have completed a bachelor’s degree and hold a valid teaching license, with an endorsement in English Education or a related field (in Tennessee or another state in the U.S.). Since admission to this graduate degree program is competitive, interested persons should seek the advice of the CEHHS Office of Advising and Student Services and the English Education Program Coordinator in making applications.

  • The Master of Science with a major in teacher education has two paths. The MS, Educational Studies 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. Candidates must have completed a bachelors degree with a 2.80 overall grade point average (GPA.  Candidates’ overall GPA in English must be 3.0 or higher.
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  • Post-baccalaureate candidates should develop a written plan with the CEHHS Office of Advising and Student Services. to complete any deficiencies in the above requirements as soon as possible after making application for admission. Post-baccalaureate candidates not holding a degree in English must eventually complete 30 semester hours in English, to include 15 at the 300 level or higher (in addition to the requirements described in the section above). Candidates’ applications for admission will be reviewed with decisions announced as soon as possible after all requirements for application have been completed. Coursework may begin in any academic term after notification of admission by letters from both the Graduate School and the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences.
  • Application for admission to the Graduate School should also be completed at the time of application to the college for admission to the academic program of study. Admission to the Graduate School does not, by itself, constitute admission to the program of study but is an important component of the admission process.
  • Once the candidate has been admitted to both the CEHHS and the Graduate School, he or she is also responsible for meeting with an English Education advisor each semester prior to and during enrollment.
  • Admitted candidates will complete a prescribed set of courses. Core Area – Education Foundations, Trends & Issues, Research (9 hours minimum); Concentration – English Education Courses (12 hours minimum); and Related Studies (12 hours minimum.)
  • Candidates may elect to complete the MS degree, Educational Studies, with a Thesis or a Non-Thesis option. The requirements for these options are:

Thesis: Minimum 30 semester hours of coursework (20 hours at 500-level or above and 6 hours of TPTE 500), and satisfactory completion of written thesis and oral defense of thesis;

Non-Thesis: Minimum of 33 semester hours of coursework (21 hours at 500-level or above),and satisfactory completion of written and oral comprehensive examination.

To view the course of study

Please follow this link to the UT Catalog.

Faculty Advisor:

Judson Laughter, associate professor