Master's in Teaching Initial Licensure

Obtaining licensure through Education Graduate Programs from The University of Tennessee at Martin has opened career doors for thousands of graduates.  Our award-winning faculty has facilitated these programs to meet or exceed state guidelines and to fit your needs.  Your Master’s of Science degree, granted from the University of Tennessee, will give you a solid foundation on your journey in becoming a professional in the field of education.

 

If you have obtained a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and are seeking initial licensure at the master’s level to teach, we offer two programs designed to fit your needs:  Initial Licensure (5020) and Initial Licensure K-12 (5016).

 

Initial Licensure (5020)
The Initial Licensure program offers emphasis in either:

    • Elementary (K-6)
    • Secondary (7-12) with endorsements in English, Math, Science, History, etc.

Our four-level, 42 hour program consists of:

    • Foundations (12 hours)
    • Application (9 hours)
    • Concentration (15 hours)
    • Student Teaching (6 hours)

Courses are both online and held on the UT Martin campus.  See the program check sheet for more information about particular courses. 

 

Initial Licensure K-12 (5016) Special Education ONLY
This comprehensive program focuses on Special Education, with licensure to teach at all grade levels

Our four-level, 42 hour program consists of:

    • Foundations (12 hours)
    • Application (9 hours)
    • Concentration (15 hours)
    • Student Teaching (6 hours)

Courses are both online and held on the UT Martin campus.  See the program check sheet for more information about particular courses. 

 

Transition of Professionals to Teaching (TOPs)

The TOPs program serves as an online alternative licensure program for highly qualified candidates statewide.  The purpose of TOPs is to assist degreed professionals to fulfill the requirements of teacher certification while teaching in their field for the state of Tennessee.   The program is designed to be a partnership between the university and Local Education Authority (LEA).  The university will provide higher education guidance through online pedagogy course work.    The LEA will provide mentoring and professional development for the participants.  The program is designed to allow participants to obtain apprentice licensure after their first year of teaching if all of the requirements are met. 

 

To succeed in the TOPs program, participants must:

    • Have a degree or twenty-four hours in the content area they are teaching or a passing score on the PRAXIS II content exam.
    • Have a letter of intent to hire from a Tennessee public or private school system.
    • Be admitted to the Education Graduate Program at The University of Tennessee at Martin.
    • Complete 18 hours of specified coursework through The University of Tennessee at Martin with a minimum GPA of 3.0. The coursework required depends on subject or level to be taught.
    • Pass all state required PRAXIS II exams. 
    • Complete one year of teaching in Tennessee.

For further program information, please contact Kimberly Page at kpage6@utm.edu, or use our online request form.

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