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Master’s Degrees

The Master of Science with a major in teacher education has three concentrations: Educational Studies, Professional Internship, and Practitioner.

Educational Studies Concentration

The Educational Studies concentration does not lead to initial licensure. It is designed for students who hold a valid Tennessee teaching license, are preparing to teach on the post-secondary level, or are preparing for careers that do not require teacher licensure.

Non-licensed applicants to Education Studies concentration will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and must have a strong disciplinary background and professional goals, which can be fostered through participation in the non-licensure program.

Professional Internship Concentration

The Professional Internship concentration is designed for students seeking initial teacher licensure.

Practitioner Concentration

The Practitioner Concentration (job-embedded) is designed for students seeking initial (Practitioner) licensure in a high-needs area such as special education, ASL, STEM, or world languages while serving as the instructor of record at a partnership school system or private school. This program is for students who have completed an undergraduate degree. Students must be admitted to the Graduate School and meet content/subject knowledge requirements. Students have three years to meet state and program licensure requirements. More information on this program is available here.

Applied Behavior Analysis Concentration

The Master’s in Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) program prepares teachers and professionals to use the science of ABA and encompasses the BCBA Coursework required to apply to become a Board-Certified Behavior Analyst® (BCBA®). Our BCBA Coursework includes a Verified Course Sequence* (VCS) approved by the Association for Behavior Analysis International® and is available for students enrolled in graduate, degree-seeking programs in Applied Behavior Analysis, Special Education, and School Psychology.