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.
|MS in Teacher Education, Practitioner Concentration, Special Education Specialization||Credit Hours|
|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|
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.