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 very selective, 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, and a master’s degree can be completed in the process. Since this teacher licensure internship is competitive, interested persons should think and plan ahead.
- Candidates must complete at least 75 semester hours of college courses with a 2.75 overall grade point average (GPA). These semester hours must include 6 of sophomore English and 9 of English at the 300 level or above. Candidates’ overall GPA in English must be 3.0 or higher.
- Candidates must complete a basic skills test called the Praxis Core: Pre-professional Skills Test (PPST). There are two exemptions from the PPST: 1) candidates with enhanced ACT scores of 21 or combined RSAT scores of 1020 and 2) candidates with a bachelor’s degree. Times, dates, and registration materials for these screening tests are available in the CEHHS Office of Advising and Student Services.
- Candidates should complete all of the above requirements during the junior year or as soon as possible if one has a bachelor’s degree. 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. Candidates may interview (see section below) as soon as 6 semester hours of sophomore English and 9 of English at the 300 level or better have been completed.
- After these requirements have been completed, candidates will automatically be invited to interview with the English Education Admission Board. This Board makes recommendations to the English Education Advisor(s), who make the final decision regarding who is admitted to the English Education Professional Internship program. Candidates should plan ahead by meeting all of the prerequisites and being interviewed no later than the Fall semester preceding the internship year. Candidates also may be accepted for the following or a subsequent Fall, depending upon available slots.
- Application to Graduate Studies should precede the year of internship.
Undergraduate students will continue to meet with their English Department advisor until completion of the baccalaureate degree. However, after admission to English Education Professional Internship each candidate is also responsible for meeting with one of the English Education advisors each semester prior to the internship or risk losing admission status.