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Master of Science in Teacher Education

Practitioner Concentration, Special Education Specialization (Job-Embedded Program)

The MS in Teacher Education, Practitioner Concentration, Special Education Specialization is a fully online program for college graduates who are non-licensed teachers who are currently employed or seeking employment as a special education teacher in Tennessee. To complete the program and teacher licensure requirements, you must be hired by a local school district and complete a minimum of one year (10 months) of full-time teaching. This program results in licensure in Special Education Interventionist (K-8 or 6-12), and prepares teachers to teach students with mild to moderate disabilities.

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MS in Teacher Education, Practitioner Concentration, Special Education Specialization Credit Hours
Required Courses  
EDPY 401 – Professional Studies: Applied Educational Psychology 3
ETEC 586 – Integrating Technology into Curriculum 3
SPED 402 – Professional Studies: Special Education and Diverse Learners 3
EDUC 576 – Practicum in Classroom Teaching (continuous enrollment) (at least 1 hour for duration of program of study; 3 hours in at least one semester) 6-8
Concentration: Special Education courses
SPED 542 3
SPED 590 3
SPED 515 3
SPED 516 3
SPED 553 3
REED 530 3
MEDU 523 3

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 associate 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.

Thirty to thirty-eight credit hours are required to fulfill the requirements for the Master of Science, Practitioner Concentration. Students must complete licensure requirements within three years. Students completing the MS in Teacher Education, Practitioner Concentration, Special education specialization earn both the MS degree and their Tennessee teaching license. 

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