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Special Education, Interventionist and Comprehensive

Undergraduate + 5th Year Masters’ Degree Program (Track 2)

The Undergraduate Special Education Program is a five-year program, culminating with both a Bachelor’s and Masters’ Degree in Science of Teacher Education, Special Education Concentration. The Program is a dual licensure program (special education and general education) resulting in a minimum of two special education licenses and one general education teaching license.

  1. K-12 Special Education Modified (licensure code 460)
    • Mild to Moderate Disabilities
  2. K-12 Special Education Comprehensive (licensure code 461)
    • Moderate, Severe, and Multiple Disabilities
  3. General Education
    • K-6 Elementary Education (licensure code 499)
    • 6-12 Secondary Education (e.g., English, Math, Science, and Social Science)

The program stresses field-based learning and experiences while offering ample opportunities to participate in teaching, research, and service. Basic requirements include a core of courses and field-based competencies common to all areas of special education including high incidence disabilities, low incidence disabilities, early childhood education, and general education. Field experiences are a key component of your individual program of studies. You will be able to work with children and youth with intellectual disabilities, autism, language impairments, behavioral disorders, learning disabilities, physical disabilities, and multiple disabilities.

Undergraduate Students can major in either the K-5 or 6-12 Special Education concentration. Within both options a student can add the Early Childhood
Special Education endorsement.

1. Bachelor of Science in Education • Special Education Major • Modified and Comprehensive Special Education with K-5 Concentration

2. Bachelor of Science in Education • Special Education Major • Modified and Comprehensive Special Education with 6-12 Concentration

Student with the Special Education with 6-12 Concentration will select a secondary specialization area: (a) English Education, (b) Social Science Education, (c) Math Education, or (d) Science Education.

Designed for beginning professionals, the Special Education Undergraduate Program provides coursework and classroom experiences for initial teacher certification/licensure. Students gain knowledge of best practices in teaching, empirical-based strategies, student development and learning characteristics, classroom management, transition, and serving students with disabilities in a variety of educational settings. Emphasizing service delivery, classroom techniques and professional skills, the Special Education Undergraduate Program aims to produce highly effective and qualified, more than certified, teachers as leaders who are capable of providing excellent services to students with disabilities.

The Special Education Undergraduate Program blends theory, research, and practice. The program’s practitioner orientation and personal approach serve a critical market need by preparing future leaders in special education. Aligned with new performance-based standards set forth by national and state agencies and organizations (Tennessee Department of Education, InTASK, and the Council for Exceptional Children), the Special Education Program promotes a high level of mastery of skills necessary for effective teaching and school leadership. The curriculum emphasizes professional standards and competencies. Through our partnerships with local schools, numerous opportunities are afforded for students to practice and demonstrate their knowledge, skills and abilities. UT’s close ties to school systems and State agencies provide training as well as affiliations with prospective employers.

Following the Undergraduate Program, students progress to the +5th Professional Internship Year Masters’ Degree Program or Professional Internship Year ( Masters’ Degree Program ●Track 2). The Professional Internship Year is the capstone experience of the teacher preparation program. It is a year-long professional education induction experience that combines daily experiences in an authentic classroom setting with graduate-level professional education courses.

The Professional Internship Year with accompanying coursework is a graduate experience. Interns must have completed the Special Education Undergraduate Program or Post- Baccalaureate Program 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 (24 of 36 semester hours required). Successful completion of the internship year may be counted toward candidates’ first year of teaching experience under Tennessee licensure standards. Upon successful evaluation by the school principal (or designee) and by university faculty, the intern is recommended for the Apprentice License and second year on the salary schedule.