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Mathematics Education, MS Track 2

The Track II Master’s is intended for individuals desiring to earn teacher licensure. Applicants must first be admitted to teacher education. Applicants must complete the equivalent of an undergraduate minor in secondary education and a major in mathematics. Please refer to the catalog for complete details. Individuals are encouraged to contact the CEHHS Office of Advising and Student Services for a diagnostic interview and to develop a tentative course of study and timeline.

TPTE’s Track 2 program for Secondary Mathematics Education is being replaced by the VolsTeach Program. The Track 2 mathematics education program is only available for students who enrolled before Fall 2011.

1. Pre-Admission to the Mathematics Education Licensure program

  • Candidates must complete at least 75 semester hours of college courses with a 2.70 overall grade point average (g.p.a.) These semester hours must include  Mathematics 141-142 (or at least6 hours of calculus) and at least 6 additional hours of 200 levelor above mathematics.
  • Candidates must complete two required screening tests -a speechand hearing examination and a basic skills test called the Praxis1: Pre-professional Skills Test (PPST).  There are two exemptions from the PPST: 1) candidates with enhanced ACT scores of 22 or combined SAT scores of 1020 and 2) candidates with a Bachelor’s degree.  (Times, dates, and registration materials for these screening tests are available at the CEHHS Office of Advising and Student Services..

2. Admission into Mathematics Education

  • Candidates should complete all of the above requirements during the junior year or as soon as possible if one has a Bachelors Degree.  Post-baccalaureate candidates not holding a degree in mathematics must eventually complete at least 4 semester hours in mathematics to include 15 at the 300 level or higher.
  • After all of the above screening tests have been completed, candidates will automatically be invited to interview with the Mathematics Education Admission Board.  This Board makes recommendations to the Mathematics Education Advisor(s) who make the final decision regarding who is admitted to the Mathematics Education Licensure Track II program.  Although the Admission Board holds interviews each semester, candidates should plan ahead by meeting all of the prerequisites and being interviewed no later than the Fall semester preceding the internship year. (Admitted candidates may be accepted for the following or a subsequent Fall depending upon available slots.)
  • Application to the Graduate School should precede the year of internship.
  • Undergraduate students will continue to meet with their Mathematics Department advisor until completion of the baccalaureate degree.  However,after admission to Mathematics Education Licensure Track II, each candidate is responsible for meeting with a Mathematics Education advisor (listed at the bottom of this page) each semester prior to the internship or risk losing admission status.

3. Completing the Required Professional Courses

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 is normally completed following the internship.For a list of courses see “Course of Study” under M.S. – Track 2.


Mathematics Education Advisor

Lynn Hodge, 410 Jane and David Bailey Education Complex, 865-974-8778

Patricia Flynn, Administrative Support Assistant III, A421 Jane and David Bailey Education Complex, 865-974-0068.

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