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World Language Education

Master’s of Science

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 (https://catalog.utk.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=25&poid=10964&returnto=3192)

MS in Teacher Education, Educational Studies Concentration

This program does not lead to initial teacher licensure and is designed for students who may already have a licensure in world languages, for those seeking to enhance their professional knowledge and expertise, for those preparing to teach on the post-secondary level, or for those preparing for careers that do not require teacher licensure.

Requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree in Classics, French, German or Spanish or a major in one of these content areas is required.
  • Superior (ACTFL Standards) proficiency in the target language is expected.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 (required) or higher (preferred) with a recommended minimum 3.2 average in the target WL is expected.
  • Previous study abroad in the target (modern) language country is highly desired.
  • Prior teaching experience is highly recommended.
  • A personal interview with the degree advisor (either in person or via a video conference) is required.

Additional Admission Requirements

In addition to the Graduate School application the following items are required: a recent professional paper (sole-authored) and a written statement clearly explaining the applicant’s academic background, teaching experiences, and career goals.

MS in Teacher Education, Practitioner Concentration

The Practitioner concentration leads to licensure in high needs content areas, such as world languages, and is designed for students who are earning an initial teaching credential in a world language (French, German, Latin, Spanish) while serving as an instructor of record in a school. More detailed information on this program is available at: https://cehhsadvising.utk.edu/job-embedded-practitioner-licensure/

Requirements:

  • A bachelor’s degree in Classics, French, German or Spanish or a major in one of these content areas is required.
  • Superior (ACTFL standards) proficiency in the target language is expected.
  • A cumulative GPA of 3.0 (required) or higher (preferred) with a recommended minimum 3.2 in the target WL is expected.
  • Previous study abroad in the target (modern) language country is highly recommended.
  • Passing of the PRAXIS II exam in the world language licensure area is required.
  • Prior teaching experience is highly desired.
  • Following completion of all application prerequisites (see: https://cehhsadvising.utk.edu/job-embedded-practitioner-licensure/), a personal interview with the WL ED Job-Embedded Licensure Program (JEP) Team (either in person or via a video conference) is required.

MS in Teacher Education, Professional Internship Initial Licensure Concentration

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.

Contact information

Prospective students seeking additional information on the Track I master’s program in World Language Education should contact Patricia Davis-Wiley

To view the course of study

Please follow this link to the UT Graduate 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