Special Education Professional Internship Concentration (Post-Baccalaureate)
The MS in Teacher Education, Special Education Professional Internship Concentration prepares special education teachers in grades K-12. Candidates are prepared to work in diverse settings to effectively meet the individual learning needs of their students. Candidates earn a Master of Science degree in Teacher Education. Then they complete the Professional Year – graduate coursework and a yearlong internship that leads to a master’s degree and teacher licensure.
Tara Moore, associate professor and instructional team lead
Angelique Aitken, research assistant professor
Donna Alderman, senior lecturer and internship coordinator
Sherry Bell, professor
David Cihak, professor
Mari Beth Coleman, associate professor and co-director of undergraduate studies
Joan Grim, senior lecturer
Cate Smith, clinical assistant professor
Kristen Secora, assistant professor
Allison Varnes, clinical assistant professor
The Special Education programs are aligned to the national standards provided by the Council for Exceptional Children, the Interstate Teacher Assessment and Support Consortium (InTASC), and the Behavior Analysis Certification Board as well as Tennessee Literacy Standards.
Students completing the MS in Teacher Education, Special Education Professional Internship Concentration have two options:
Thesis: 42 graduate credit hours for the Thesis Option, including TPTE 500 (6 credit hours)
Non-Thesis/Project: 36 graduate credit hours for the Course Only with Comprehensive Exam Option