Admission Requirements for the
College of Education & Behavioral Sciences


Applicants may be admitted as degree seeking (Unconditional, Conditional, or Unclassified) or non-degree as listed below. Degree-seeking applicants must meet the university requirements listed above under “Types of Admission,” have received licensure to teach (Major in Teaching Advanced Elementary, Advanced Secondary, and Major in Educational Administration and Supervision), and must meet one of the following minimal qualifying exam scores:

  • GRE verbal and quantitative combined score of 650, or Minimum score(s) as set forth by the Tennessee State Department of Education for teacher licensure at the time licensure was received. (Current Requirement: Praxis Principles of Learning and Teaching K-6 score of 155, 5-9 score of 154, 7-12 score of 159), or
  • NTE Professional Knowledge score of 643, or
  • MAT (Miller Analogies Test) score of 32.

In addition to the above, applicants for a Major in Counseling must submit the following for review and positive recommendation of the Counseling Admission Board:

  1. three letters of recommendation from school superintendents, principals, teachers, professors and/or employers. Each letter must provide clear evidence that addresses the candidate’s counseling skills and/or potential which will enable the individual to become a counselor.
  2. a two-page typed essay that fully describes the candidate’s skills and experiences relevant to becoming a successful counselor. The candidate must also discuss the perceived personal abilities and attributes that will enable the counseling candidate to become a successful counselor.
  3. a resume. The resume needs to fully describe the candidate’s degrees, and importantly, the person's occupational experiences—particularly any counseling experiences obtained.

For further details, contact the Coordinator of Graduate Programs in Education.

Applicants who do not receive a positive recommendation from the Counseling Admission Board for admission to the UT Martin Counseling Program, and wish to appeal the decision, must do so within four weeks of the issuance of their denial notice/letter by the university's Dean of Graduate Studies.

Applicants for a Major in Educational Administration and Supervision must also submit the following requirements for review by the EDAS Admission Board:

  1. Letter of application to include professional goals.
  2. Current vita
  3. Three letters of reference providing professional support.
  4. Documentation of eight months minimum of “successful teaching experience” as defined by the State Department of Eduation. Contact the Coordinator for Graduate Programs in Education for more information.
  5. Successful interview with the EDAS Admission Board.

Additional requirements for unconditional and conditional admission appear below.

  1. Unconditional Admission
    • Minimum qualifying examination score listed below, cumulative GPA of at least 2.70, and sufficient formula points as shown below.


    • GRE Verbal + Quantitative + 400 x Cum GPA = at least 1850
      NTE Core Battery Total+ 50 x Cum GPA= at least 2095
      NTE Prof Knowledge+ 30 x Cum GPA = at least 733
      PRAXIS PLT K-6, 5-9, 7-12+ 40 x Cum GPA= at least 277
      MAT Qualifying Exam Score+ 40 x Cum GPA= at least 152

    • Applicants admitted based on satisfactory completion (cumulative graduate GPA of 3.00) of at least 12 hours of graduate credit at a regionally accredited institution are not subject to the formula points, but must meet one of the minimum qualifying examination scores listed above.

  2. Conditional Admission
    • Minimum qualifying examination score listed below, cumulative or SR YR GPA listed in conditional admission, and formula points as shown below.


    • GRE Verbal + Quantitative + 400 x Cum GPA = at least 1650
      OR
      Verbal + Quantitative + 400 x Sr Yr GPA = at least 1850
      NTE Core Battery Total+ 50 x Cum GPA= at least 2055
      OR
      Core Battery Total + 50 x Sr Yr GPA = at least 2080
      NTE Prof Knowledge+ 30 x Cum GPA = at least 718
      OR
      Prof Knowledge +30 x SrYrGPA = at least 733
      PRAXIS PLT K-6, 5-9, 7-12+ 40 x Cum GPA= at least 257
      OR
      PLT K-6, 5-9, 7-12 + 40 x Sr Yr GPA = at least 277
      MAT Qualifying Exam Score+ 40 x Cum GPA= at least 132
      OR
      Qualifying Exam Score + 40 x Sr Yr GPA = at least 152

  3. Unclassified or Non-Degree Admission
    • Applicants who do not meet requirements for either unconditional or conditional admission may be eligible for unclassified or non-degree admission. See previous section on university "Types of Admission."

Undergraduate Prerequisite Courses For Students Majoring in Teaching Seeking Initial Licensure

A transcript evaluation must be completed in order to determine undergraduate prerequisites needed to meet the specialty area content as required by the State Department of Education. Prerequisites may vary depending on the degree held by the individual seeking licensure.