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Specialist in Education (EdS) in Teacher Education

World Language / English as a Second Language (ESL) Concentration

The Educational Specialist (EdS) degree in Teacher Education, World Language / ESL Education Concentration, is designed for individuals who have a masters degree in world language education or English as a second language education and a desire to examine world language / ESL education instruction, curriculum, and learning. This program does not lead to a teaching license.

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EdS in Teacher Education, World Language / ESL Education Concentration Credit Hours
Required Courses (Core Area) 6
Must include one course from two of the following areas: adult learning, assessment, cultural studies, educational technology, ESL, instructional pedagogy; or Special Education
Concentration: World Language / ESL Education courses 12
Related Studies 6
For Thesis Option:
TPTE 518  – Thesis Research 6
For Non-Thesis Option:
TPTE 503 – Problems in Lieu of Thesis 6
For Both Options:
  • Education courses at the 400-level required for licensure are not eligible.
  • At least 2/3 of the semester credit hours accumulated in the master’s.
  • All of the last 30 credit hours of coursework must be in 500- or 600-level courses.

Judson Laughter, associate professor and instructional team lead

Clara Brown, associate professor and ESL lead

Liv Detwiler, lecturer and world languages lead

Students completing the EdS in Teacher Education, Social Science Concentration have two options:

Thesis Option:  Students enroll in TPTE 518 (Educational Specialist Thesis and Research) for 6 credit hours. The EdS thesis must be approved by the student’s committee prior to submission to the Office of Graduate Studies for final approval and acceptance. The student must register for thesis hours during this time.

Project Option:  Students enroll in TPTE 503 (Problems in Lieu of Thesis) for 6 credit hours.

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

Clara Brown, associate professor and ESL lead

Email: cbrown26@utk.edu

Liv Detwiler, lecturer and world languages lead

Email: ldetwile@vols.utk.edu