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Science Education, Specialist in Education, EdS

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; most programs in Theory and Practice in Teacher Education also require a minimum of three years of professional experience. The total EdS program involves a minimum of four semesters of study with no fewer than 60 semester hours of graduate credit beyond baccalaureate, including research/thesis hours.

Education courses at the 400-level required for licensure are not eligible. At least two-thirds of semester hours accumulated in master’s and all of the last 30 semester hours accumulated must be in 500 or 600-level courses. The EdS thesis must be approved by the student’s committee prior to submission to the Office of Graduate Studies for final approval and acceptance. The student must register for thesis hours during this time.

To view the course of study

Please follow this link to the UT Graduate Catalog.

  1. Select the appropriate catalog from the drop-down 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.

For more information, please contact

Science Education Program Coordinator
Dr. Mehmet Aydeniz
A408 Jane & David Bailey Education Complex
Phone: (865) 974-0885
Email: maydeniz@utk.edu

Administrative Support Staff
Heather Davis
A406 Jane & David Bailey Education Complex
Phone: (865) 974-0068
Email: hdavis@utk.edu

Detailed information about the Specialist in Education degree.