Admission Requirements for the
College of Education and
Behavioral Sciences

Applicants may be admitted as degree seeking (Unconditional, Conditional, or Unclassified) or nondegree 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 750, 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 resume.
    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 Education. 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.

    • 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.

    • 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

    NTE
    Core Battery Total
    + 50 x Cum GPA
    = at least 2055

    NTE
    Prof Knowledge
    + 0 x Cum GPA
    = at least 718

    PRAXIS
    PLT K-6, 5-9, 7-12
    + 40 x Cum GPA
    = at least 257

    MAT
    Qualifying Exam Score
    + 40 x Cum GPA
    = at least 132

    Or

    GRE
    (Verbal + Quantitative)
    + 400 x SrYr GPA
    = at least 1850

    NTE
    Core Battery Total
    + 50 x SrYr GPA
    = at least 2080

    NTE
    Prof Knowledge
    + 30 x SrYr GPA
    = at least 733

    PRAXIS
    PLT K-6, 5-9, 7-12
    + 40 x SrYr GPA
    = at least 277

    MAT
    Qualifying Exam Score
    + 40 x SrYr GPA
    = at least 152

    • 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. Contact the licensure officer in Education Student Services at 731-881-7203.



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