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Specialist in Education (EdS) in Teacher Education

World Language/ESL Concentration

The EdS requires 30 hours of graduate-level coursework beyond the master’s degree, including six hours in core courses, 18 hours in specialized courses, and six hours to be determined by the student’s committee. Both thesis and non-thesis options are available.


A master’s degree is required for admission in addition to a minimum of three years of professional teaching experience in the content area. The EdS program involves a minimum of four semesters of study with no fewer than 60 semester hours of graduate credit beyond the baccalaureate, including research/thesis hours.

Additional Admission Requirements

In addition to the Graduate School application, the following items are required: a recent professional paper (sole-authored) and a written statement clearly explaining the applicant’s academic background, teaching experiences, and career goals.

To view the course of study

Please follow this link to the UT Catalog.

  1. Select the appropriate catalog from the dropdown menu on the right.
  2. Select the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences.
  3. Scroll to TPTE and select “Display Programs for this Department.”
  4. Click on the appropriate program to see the credit requirements and admission procedures for each program.
World Language ESL
Contact Faculty: Patricia Davis-Wiley

Professor and World Language Education Program Coordinator, 865-974-4212


Contact Faculty: Clara Lee Brown

Associate Professor and ESL Education Program Coordinator, 865-974-4146