The MS in Teacher Education with a Professional Internship Concentration and Special Education Specialization is designed for students seeking initial (Practitioner) licensure in Special Education. This program is for students who have completed either UT’s BS in Special Education degree or are entering as post-baccalaureates to earn an initial teaching license in special education.
The program is 36 graduate credit hours. Students must complete the Professional Internship Year. The University of Tennessee’s Teacher Licensure Internship Program is a year-long professional education induction experience. It is conducted in accordance with the Tennessee State Department of Education (TN DOE) guidelines and reflects the current licensure standards and induction procedures approved by the Tennessee State Board of Education.
The internship with accompanying coursework is a graduate experience. Interns must have completed a Baccalaureate Degree and be admitted to the University Graduate School. They receive graduate credit for the combination of coursework integrated with teaching and conducting research projects relevant to their teaching. The graduate credits earned may be applied to a Master of Science Degree.
In keeping with state guidelines, the internship is counted as the first year of teaching under Tennessee licensure standards. It is a year-long professional education induction experience that combines daily experiences in an authentic classroom setting with graduate level professional education courses. Upon successful completion of all state and program licensure requirements, the intern will enter the second year of the Practitioner license and will have one year of teaching credit on the Tennessee salary schedule.