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. Agricultural Education (7-12)
  2. Art (K-12)
  3. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. English (7-12)
    1. Thirty semester hours in the major to include:
      1. Six hours in language and linguistics (English 425 and one of the following: English 320, 420);
      2. Three hours in writing and theory (English 305);
      3. Three hours in British literature to 1660 (English 360, 375, 460, 480, 490);
      4. Three hours in British literature from 1660-1900 (English 365, 370, 401, 465, 470);
      5. Three hours in Shakespeare (English 485);
      6. Three hours in American literature (English 341, 345, 355, 440, 445);
      7. Three hours in modern American, British, or World literature (English 330, 343, 380, 385, 395, 475);
      8. Three hours in women and minority literature (English 345, 350);
      9. Three 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. Family and Consumer Sciences
  10. 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 Languages in consultation with the student and the Chair of the Department of Educational Studies.
    3. Secondary Education 413.
    4. Complete the Praxis II Subject Assessments Specialty Area test(s) in French, plus an Oral Proficiency Interview and advanced-grammar exam administered by the Department of Modern Foreign Languages.
  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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
  15. Music (K-12)
  16. School Social Work (K-12)
  17. 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 Languages in consultation with the student and the Chair of the Department of Educational Studies.
    3. Secondary Education 413.
    4. Complete the Praxis II Subject Assements Specialty Area test(s) in Spanish, plus an Oral Proficiency Interview and advanced-grammar exam administered by the Department of Modern Foreign Languages.

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

Options for Additional Endorsements

Candidates for additional endorsements 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 Education Student Services, 205 Gooch Hall (881-7219).

  1. Agriculture (7-12) -- Total 29 hours
  2. Art (K-12) -- Total 24 hours
  3. Biology (7-12) -- Total 27 hours
  4. Earth and Space Science (7-12) -- Total 25 hours
  5. 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.

  6. English (7-12) -- Total 24 hours
  7. French (7-12) -- Total 18 hours
  8. Geography (7-12) -- Total 21 hours
  9. Government (7-12) -- Total 24 hours
  10. Health Education (K-12) -- Total 16 hours
  11. History (7-12) -- Total 30 hours
  12. Mathematics (7-12) -- Total 23 hours
  13. Music--Instrumental/Vocal (K-12)
  14. Physical Education (K-12) -- Total 20 hours
  15. Spanish (7-12) -- Total 18 hours
  16. Specail Education (K-12) -- Total 28 hours
  17. Special Education Preschool/Early Childhood (Pre K-1) -- Total 30 hours

Note: All add-on endorsements are dependent upon the transcript evaluation. Depending on the current area of certification an the add-on desired, additional professional education course work may be required. In addition to the required course work, individuals must pass the appropriate Praxis Series Subject Assessment Exam(s) in order to be recommended for licensure in the additional endorsement area.



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