Dr. B.C. DeSpain, Dean
237 Gooch Hall
The College of Education and Behavioral Sciences has as its primary mission the preparation of a diverse clientele of students through a variety of program offerings which meet state, regional, and national accreditation standards, for either entry into the world of work or further academic study at the graduate level. Those who choose to enter the world of work include those prepared to teach K-12 students and perform other school service functions as well as others who may choose to embark upon careers in such public services areas as business, government, social and psychological services, personnel management, and the criminal justice system. Those who continue academic study at the graduate level may pursue a degree leading to leadership certification in education or an advanced degree in a wide range of occupations related to the behavioral sciences.
Undergraduate courses of study are offered by the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences leading to the
following degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice, Bachelor of
Science in Education, Bachelor of Science in Health and Human Performance, and Bachelor of Science in Social Work.
Graduates of the degrees in Education and in Health and Human Performance are eligible for teacher licensure in Tennessee and in other states which grant reciprocity in licensure to graduates of institutions accredited by NCATE (National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education) or which participate in the reciprocity agreement developed by NASDTEC (National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification).
The College of Education and Behavioral Sciences also offers programs leading to the Master of Science degree in Education with majors in teaching and counseling. Detailed information about these programs may be found in the graduate section of this catalog.
All teacher preparation programs are approved by the Tennessee State Board of Education and accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. The Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Work Education.
The College of Education and Behavioral Sciences is required to follow the directives of the State Department of Education which has the authority to make changes in licensure standards. The student should keep in contact with the appropriate department in order to keep abreast of these changes as they develop.
Undergraduate majors and degrees are offered as follows:
|Health and Human Performance||
B.A. or B.S.
|Secondary Education (various majors)||
B.A. or B.S.
Students planning to teach vocational agriculture or vocational or occupational family and consumer sciences
should enroll and plan their programs through the College of Agriculture and Applied Sciences. See the "Professional
Education Option" section in the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources or the "Child, Family
and Consumer Sciences and Education Concentration" section in the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences.
Students planning to teach music or art should enroll and plan their programs through the College of Humanities
and Fine Arts. See the appropriate section in the Department of Visual and Theatre Arts or the Department of Music.
Students may qualify for a Tennessee teacher's license with licensure in one or more areas by completing the appropriate program(s) outlined later in this catalog.
Full-time students may enroll for a maximum of 20 hours with advisor approval. Approval for enrollment in excess of this amount must be secured from the chair of the appropriate department and then the Dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences in advance of formal registration. Students employed full-time in teaching or other positions are encouraged not to enroll for more than six semester hours credit per semester. No additional course may be taken with student teaching, except the seminar which accompanies student teaching.
Most courses offered in the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences cannot be taken by correspondence for credit in meeting degree requirements at UT Martin. Method courses cannot be taken by correspondence. Questions should be directed to the appropriate departmental chair before registering for such correspondence courses. Decisions regarding approval will be made by the Dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.
Liability Insurance Coverage
The student must provide proof of liability insurance coverage to the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences prior to receiving permission to enroll in courses and/or practica which will necessitate interaction between the undergraduate student and children in K-12 schools or other assigned settings.
The Student Tennessee Education Association (STEA) is the student program of the National Education Association.
STEA seeks to develop in education students an understanding of the education profession, to provide for a national
student voice in matters affecting their education and their profession, to influence the conditions under which
prospective teachers are prepared, and to stimulate the highest ideals of professional ethics, standards, attitudes,
and training. The overall program strives to encourage its members to serve as change agents in the arena of teacher
education, education more generally, society, and the profession.
In January 1993, a student branch of the Association for Childhood Education International (ACEI) was founded.
As part of this international organization, students work on contemporary issues from a rich heritage. ACEI is
the oldest organization of its kind. The statement of purpose for ACEI included the following: "to promote
the inherent rights, education and well-being of all children in their home, school and community; to work for
desirable conditions, programs and practices for children from infancy through early adolescence; to raise the
standard of preparation for those actively involved with the care and development of children; to encourage continuous
professional growth of educators." The National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) designated
ACEI "to be responsible for the folio review process for elementary teacher education programs." As a
campus organization, ACEI conducts service projects with local Head Start children, cleans a campus playground
through the Adopt-a-Space program, and contributes materials to the Learning Resource Center. The organization
conducts fund-raising activities to support these endeavors and to raise money to assist in defraying conference
expenses. Student representatives attend and present for the Annual International Study Conference in a major city
within the United States.
Admission to Teacher Education
A. Admission to Teacher Education will be granted if students:
B. Admission to Student Teaching will be granted if students:
NOTE--Student Teaching Application Request for Placement must be submitted to the Office of Education Student Services by the final day of the adjustment period for adding a class. This should be filed one semester prior to the intended semester for the student teaching experience.
*The State Department of Education establishes passing scores for the Praxis Series I and II. The scores are subject to change each year. In order to obtain the current passing scores when tests are taken, check with the Office of Education Student Services, the Department of Educational Studies or the Dean's Office.
Requirements for Recommendation for Licensure
Tennessee state regulations stipulate that the applicant for a professional license must be recommended by the teacher-training institution. To receive this recommendation, the applicant must have fulfilled the following requirements:
The PRAXIS Series is a prerequisite mandated by the Tennessee State Department of Education for the professional
teacher's license. The current mandate requires candidates seeking licensure in elementary education (K-8) or early
childhood education (PreK-3) to take Principles of Learning & Teaching: (Grades K-6). Candidates seeking licensure
in secondary education (7-12) will take: Principles of Learning & Teaching: (Grades 7-12). Candidates seeking
licensure in PreK-12 areas may choose either test. In addition, Specialty Area test(s) also must be taken to obtain
The PRAXIS is given on campus in accordance with the schedule established by the Educational Testing Service of Princeton, New Jersey, for nationwide administration of the test. Information bulletins and applications for the PRAXIS are available in the Office of Education Student Services, Room 205 Gooch Hall; in the office of the Dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences, Room 237 Gooch Hall; or in the Office of Academic Records, Room 103 Administration Building.
During the 1999-2000 academic year, 91% of the UT Martin students completing the Teacher Education Training Program passed the National Teacher Exam (NTE).
Specialty Area / Major Field Test / Departmental Exit Exam
Students may fulfill the university's major field test requirement by taking the test for their major which
will be identified by their department. The specialty area test(s) required for teacher licensure majors are in
accordance with state mandated requirements. These codes are identified by the State Department of Education Office
of Teacher Licensing and Career Ladder Certification. Applications are available in and should be returned to the
Office of Education Student Services, 205 Gooch Hall. Exit exams for non-licensure majors in Human Learning and
Special Education are the same as those identified for licensure seeking majors in those areas.
Multiple tests requirement: It should be noted that the state requires additional specialty area tests for licensure in Art, Biology, Chemistry, Earth and Space Science, English, French, Human Learning K-8, Mathematics, Music, Physical Education, Spanish, and Special Education PreK-1 and K-12. Note: The Health and Human Performance major (all concentrations) must take PE: Content Knowledge (10091) as the exit examination. HHP licensure candidates must also take PE: Movement Forms Analysis and Design (30092). HHP licensure candidates must take the Health Education exam (10050) if they desire licensure in health.
Students should give careful attention to the number of tests that can be taken on the same day. All specialty area tests can be scheduled for the same test date except the two physical education exams and the health exam required for licensure. The two physical education exams (content knowledge and movement forms) may be scheduled for the same date. However, physical education content knowledge and health education cannot be scheduled on the same date.
Applications for the Specialty Area Tests are available in the Office of Education Student Services, Room 205 Gooch Hall. The University of Tennessee at Martin will pay the cost for the first application for the appropriate test to satisfy the candidate's major field test requirement. The student will be responsible for any subsequent applications and for any additional specialty area tests taken to satisfy licensure requirements. Applications should be completed and returned with a check for the appropriate fee to the Office of Education Student Services, 205 Gooch Hall. This information appears on item 14 on the application.
Teacher Education Degree Requirements
The curriculum in teacher education has three dimensions: general education, content education (specialty area),
and professional education. General education consists of courses of study selected from the traditional academic
disciplines such as biology, chemistry, history, mathematics, political science, and English. The requirements
in these areas represent a consensus of the faculty after review of Tennessee licensure requirements and recommendations
of professional and content education societies.
Content education centers on the academic discipline(s) chosen by the pre-service teacher to be the area(s) of teaching expertise. Prospective secondary teachers may select from such areas as biology, English, human performance, mathematics, and special education.
Human Learning majors may select from Pre K-3 or K-8 licensure programs.
Professional education consists of a sequence of academic events that aid the pre-service teacher in the knowledge, comprehension, and application of the skills and strategies professional educators judge to be necessary to make wise educational decisions. The collaborative relationship which exists between the faculties of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences and the public school systems of Tennessee makes the attainment of this professional expertise possible.
Typically, the education major develops a personal philosophy of teaching over an extended period of time. The College of Education and Behavioral Sciences is dedicated to providing a variety of educational opportunities throughout its four-year period of study. Each year increases in professional complexity in order to aid the pre-service teacher in arriving at a personal plateau on the professional development ladder.
Academic advisors or faculty members are assigned to work with each student in planning a program so that the chosen curriculum is followed, as outlined, in order to assure graduation and eligibility for certification. It is important that each student work closely with an advisor and that requests for course substitutions be filed with the Undergraduate Committee no later than the end of the junior year.
Department of Educational Studies
Department of Health and Human Performance
Department of Psychology
Department of Sociology, Anthropology, Social Work, and Criminal Justice