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Master of Science in Teacher Education

World Language Education Professional Internship Concentration

The College of Education, Health and Human Sciences has the distinction of having a nationally-ranked Teacher Education Program, and is accredited by CAEP (Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation). There are three concentrations for prospective MS degree applicants seeking a Teacher Education major with a focus on World Language Education. Graduate coursework for these programs must be approved by the student’s major WL Education advisor and is detailed in the UT Graduate Catalog.

This degree program is intended for individuals seeking initial PreK-12 teacher licensure in a world language (French, German, Latin, Spanish). Admission to the Professional Internship Licensure program in World Language Education is very selective. Prospective applicants should plan well ahead of time to meet with advisors in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences early in their undergraduate degree programs to have their transcripts evaluated (see: CEHHS Office of Advising and Student Services Center for more information).

General Requirements:

  • A major in the target language (Classics, French, German or Spanish), leading to a bachelor’s degree prior to the graduate internship year is required.
  • A minimum of 9 hours of 300-level or above with a minimum 3.0 average in the target language is required prior to being interviewed by the WL Board of Admissions. (The interview takes place at least one calendar year prior to the internship year.)
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 (required) or higher (preferred) with a recommended minimum 3.2 in the target WL is expected.
  • Advanced High (ACTFL Standards) proficiency in the target language is expected.
  • Previous study abroad (minimum one semester) in the target (modern) language country is required prior to the WL Board of Admissions interview.
  • Passing of the PRAXIS II exam in the world language licensure area prior to the internship year is required.
  • Previous tutoring/teaching experience is highly desired.
  • Following completion of all application prerequisites (see: https://cehhsadvising.utk.edu/licensure/), a personal interview (in both English and the modern WL) with the WL ED Board of Admissions is required at least one calendar year prior to the internship year.

Prospective applicants to all WL Education degree programs are encouraged to contact the World Language Education Program Coordinator, Patricia Davis-Wiley  for additional information.

Admissions Procedures

Complete your application through Graduate Admissions. All supporting materials must be uploaded and submitted electronically along with your application. No hard copies will be accepted.

When making an application to the Graduate School, you must submit your application as early as possible, but no later than one month prior to the review or entry date. You have the final responsibility for the timely arrival of each required item.

To view the course of study

Please follow this link to the UT Catalog.

  1. Select the appropriate catalog from the dropdown menu on the right.
  2. Select the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences.
  3. Scroll to TPTE and select “Display Programs for this Department.”
  4. Click on the appropriate program to see the credit requirements and admission procedures for each program.

All classes must be approved by major advisor:

Patricia Davis-Wiley

Contact information

For additional information, prospective applicants to all WL Education degree programs are encouraged to contact

Patricia Davis-Wiley, Professor and World Language Education Program Coordinator

pdwiley@utk.edu, 865-974-4212