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Master of Science in Teacher Education

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.

Undergraduates – Apply here

Post-Baccalaureates – Apply here

MS in Teacher Education, Special Education Professional Internship Concentration Credit Hours
Required Courses  
TPTE 574  2-3
TPTE 575 12
TPTE 591  4
Concentration: Special Education courses
SPED 553 3
SPED 530 3
Electives 6
For Thesis Option:
TPTE 500 and successful defense of the thesis
For Course only with Examination Option:
Successful completion of a comprehensive exam with a grade of Pass is required

Tara Moore, associate professor and instructional team lead

Angelique Aitken, research assistant professor

Donna Alderman, senior lecturer and internship coordinator

Sherry Bell, professor

Alexis Boucher, assistant professor (not yet pictured)

David Cihak, professor

Mari Beth Coleman, associate professor and co-director of undergraduate studies

Joan Grim, senior lecturer

Cate Smith, clinical associate professor

Kristen Secora, assistant professor and audiology and speech pathology program coordinator

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

If you have questions about the program or the course of study, please contact:

Tara Moore, associate professor and instructional team lead

Email: tara.moore@utk.edu