Teaching Areas and Electives (36-51 Hours)

In some instances endorsements will exceed the semester hours allocated to this area of the degree due to the inclusion of courses which were required and the semester hours counted under the General Education area.

  1. Art (K-12)
  2. Music
  3. Secondary Biology (7-12)
    1. Biology 110, 120, 330, 331, 336, 391
    2. Microbiology 310
    3. Six semester hours selected from upper division botany and zoology
    4. Chemistry 121-122
    5. Geology 111, 113
    6. Physics 211-212 and 201-202
    7. Astronomy 201
    8. Mathematics 140, 160
    9. Secondary Education 411
  4. Secondary Business (7-12)
    1. Thirty-five semester hours to include the following:
      1. Accounting 201-202
      2. Business Law 201-301
      3. Computer Science 201
      4. Economics 201-202
      5. Information Systems 151, 231, 232 and 351
      6. Six semester hours (two areas must be represented) selected from:
        1. Finance 301
        2. Management 301
        3. Marketing 301
        4. Mathematics 210

      NOTE: The core program certifies a student to teach accounting and basic business which includes Economics, Business Law, and general Business.

    2. Select one or more of the following:
      1. Keyboarding/Typewriting (9 Semester Hours)
        1. Information Systems 310
        2. Select two hours from Information Systems 211, 212, or 213
        3. Information Systems 221
        4. Information Systems 331
      2. Data Processing (9 Semester Hours)
        1. Computer Science 250
        2. Information Systems 461 -- Management 301 is a prerequisite and should be taken as an elective.
        3. Information Systems 211, 221, and 233 or 212
    3. Business Education 430

    Endorsements: Basic Business and Accounting plus Keyboarding/Typewriting and/or Data Processing.

  5. Secondary Chemistry (7-12)
    1. Chemistry 121-122, 320, 341, 342, 351, 352
    2. Biochemistry 411
    3. Chemistry elective, 3 hours
    4. Biology 110-120
    5. Geology 111, 113
    6. Physics 211-212 and 201-202, or 220-221
    7. Astronomy 201
    8. Mathematics 251-252
    9. Secondary Education 411
  6. Secondary Earth and Space Science (7-12)
    1. Astronomy 201-202
    2. Biology 110-120
    3. Chemistry 121-122
    4. Geography 472
    5. Geology 111, 113, 341
    6. Ten additional hours to be selected from upper division geology
    7. Physics 211-212 and 201-202
    8. Eight semester hours of mathematics
    9. Secondary Education 411
  7. Secondary Economics (7-12)
    1. History 121, 122
    2. Geography 151 or 152
    3. Political Science 210-220
    4. Economics 201-202
    5. Twenty-one hours to be selected from the following: Economics 311, 312, 321, 322, 333, 411, and Business Law 201
    6. Six additional hours from the following: Economics 331, 335, 351, 416, 417, Geography 461, Accounting 201-202
    7. History Emphasis: Three additional hours from the following not taken in the General Education Core: History 201, 202, and 331
    8. Secondary Education 415

    NOTE: An emphasis, required by the state for this major, does not lead to licensure in history.

  8. Secondary English (7-12)
    1. Thirty semester hours in the major to include:
      1. 6 hours in language and linguistics (English 425 and one of the following: English 320, 420);
      2. 3 hours in writing and theory (English 305);
      3. 3 hours in British literature to 1660 (English 360, 375, 460, 480, 490);
      4. 3 hours in British literature from 1660-1900 (English 365, 370, 401, 465, 470);
      5. 3 hours in Shakespeare (English 485);
      6. 3 hours in American literature (English 341, 345, 355, 440, 445);
      7. 3 hours in modern American, British, or World literature (English 330, 343, 380, 385, 395, 475);
      8. 3 hours in women and minority literature (English 345, 350);
      9. 3 hours in capstone course (English 499)
    2. English 111-112, 250 or 251, 260-261, and 270
    3. Communications 230
    4. Library Service 452
    5. Secondary Education 414
    6. Reading 438 and 433
    7. Two courses in a single modern foreign language numbered 111 or above
  9. Secondary French (7-12)
    1. At least 21 hours in upper division French courses including 321 or 461, 341, 342, 451, and one course in literature.
    2. An approved intensive language experience in the U.S. or abroad from UT Martin or another institution as determined by the Chair of the Department of Modern Foreign Language in consultation with the student and the Chair of the Department of Educational Studies.
    3. Secondary Education 413.
    4. Complete the NTE Specialty Area test in French, plus an Oral Proficiency Interview and advanced grammar exam administered by the Department of Modern Foreign Language.
  10. Secondary Geography (7-12)
    1. History 121 or 122
    2. Geography 151-152
    3. Political Science 210-220
    4. Geography 202
    5. Twenty-four additional hours in Geography as follows: Geography 352, 380, 381,393, 461, 462, 471, 472
    6. History Emphasis: Six additional hours from the following not taken in the General Education Core or the Specialty Area: History 121, 122, 201, 202, and 331
    7. Secondary Education 415

    NOTE: An emphasis, required by the state for this major, does not lead to licensure in history.

  11. Secondary Government (7-12)
    1. History 121, 122
    2. Geography 151 or 152
    3. Political Science 210-220, 303
    4. Twenty-four additional hours to be selected from the following areas:
      1. Fifteen hours to be selected in the American political system from: Political Science 312, 314, 333, 353, 361, 362, 381, 382, 431, 432, 451
      2. Nine hours to be selected in the international political system and theory from: Political Science 321, 322, 341, 401
    5. History Emphasis: Three additional hours from the following not taken in the General Education Core: History 201, 202, 331
    6. Secondary Education 415

    NOTE: An emphasis, required by the state for this major, does not lead to licensure in history.

  12. Secondary History (7-12)
    1. History 121, 122
    2. History 301, 331 and 499 (History 331 may not be used to meet the General Education requirements.)
    3. Three hours to be selected from Geography 151 or 152
    4. Political Science 210-220
    5. Fifteen additional hours in upper division History, including at least six from each of the following categories:
      1. American History
      2. European and Asian History
    6. Emphasis in one of the following: Economics, Geography, or Government.
      1. Economics Emphasis (12 hours): Economics 201, 202, 321 or 333, 322 or 414
      2. Geography Emphasis (12 hours):
        1. Geography 201, 202, 471
        2. Three hours to be taken from one of the following regional Geographies: Geography 380, 381
      3. Government Emphasis (6 hours): Political Science 321, 322
    7. Secondary Education 415

    NOTE: An emphasis, required by the state for this major, does not lead to licensure in economics,

    geography or government.

  13. Secondary Mathematics (7-12)
    1. Thirty-nine semester hours in mathematics including:
      1. Mathematics 251-252, 210, 310, 320, 241, 410, 420, 451, and 471.
      2. One additional upper division mathematics course.
      3. One three-semester-hour course in a programming language selected from Computer Science 200, 221 or Computer Science/Mathematics 230.
    2. Secondary Education 412
  14. Secondary Spanish (7-12)
    1. At least 21 hours in upper division Spanish courses including 321 or 322, 341, 342, 451, and one course in literature.
    2. An approved intensive language experience in the U.S. or abroad from UT Martin or another institution as determined by the Chair of the Department of Modern Foreign Language in consultation with the student and the Chair of the Department of Educational Studies.
    3. Secondary Education 413.
    4. Complete the NTE Specialty Area test in Spanish, plus an Oral Proficiency Interview and advanced grammar exam administered by the Department of Modern Foreign Language.

Minimum total required for B.S.Ed degree, majors for secondary teachers: 132 semester hours

Options for Additional Endorsements

Candidates for additional endorsements in the following areas or any other teaching majors must be recommended to the State Department of Education by an institution of higher education which has been approved to prepare teachers in Tennessee. To qualify for an additional endorsement in any subject, a candidate must demonstrate knowledge of and skills in the appropriate teaching content area which has been approved by the State Board of Education for initial endorsement. To determine what additional course work and field experiences will be required to qualify for an additional teaching endorsement, the recommending institution must assess the candidate's academic background, equating it to established standards. Individuals who wish to obtain additional endorsement should contact the Office of Student Services, 205 Gooch Hall (881-7219).

  1. Secondary Economics (7-12)

    NOTE: A total of 18 hours in economics is required for this add-on endorsement. Hours taken in the major or general education core may be used to satisfy these requirements.

  2. Secondary History (7-12)
  3. Secondary Government (7-12)

    NOTE: A total of 18 hours in Political Science is required for this add-on endorsement. Hours taken in the major or general education core may be used to satisfy these requirements.

  4. Secondary Geography (7-12)

    NOTE: A total of 21 hours in Geography is required for this add-on endorsement. Hours taken in the major or general education core may not be used to satisfy these requirements.

Hours required for graduation vary from 132 to 144 hours depending on the licensure area.




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