Professional Studies for Educators
Professional studies in the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences consist
of both subject matter, pedagogical knowledge, and specialized studies related to
specific P-12 settings. All teacher education students will study knowledge and skills
in human development, methods, technology, classroom management, cultural diversity,
balanced assessment, and how to differentiate instruction. Students must also know
and display professional dispositions expected of educators. Skills in assessment,
behavior management and specialized instructional methods are incorporated in courses
delivered by their respective specialty areas. Specific requirements are listed in
the section of the Catalog addressing each major.
The College of Education, Health and Human Sciences holds membership in the American
Association of Colleges for Teacher Education. Its undergraduate programs, as well
as all graduate degree programs through the doctoral degree for the preparation of
teachers and related school personnel, are approved by the Tennessee State Department
of Education. The College is fully accredited by the National Council for Accreditation
of Teacher Education (NCATE).
Areas of licensure that are available at the completion of undergraduate education
Modified K-12 (460)
Comprehensive K-12 (461) (as an add-on endorsement only)
Physical Education K-12 (420)
Elementary K-6 (499)
Middle Grades 4-8 (440)
Early Childhood PrK-3 (467)
Visual Arts (427)
Music Inst. K-12 (429)
Music Voc./Gen K-12 (428)
Dance K-12 (445)
Recommendation for teacher licensure in any of the following teaching areas is contingent
upon the completion of a baccalaureate degree in the appropriate academic area followed
by completion of the Master of Arts in Teaching degree:
Visual Arts (K-12)
English as a Second Language (K-12)
Elementary K-6 (499); Middle Grades 4-8 (440)
Early Childhood Pre K-3 (467)
Modified K-12 (460)
Comprehensive K-12 (461)
Early Childhood Pre K-1 (465)
Physical Education K-12 (420)
English 7-12 (407)
French K-12 (491)
German K-12 (492)
Spanish K-12 (495)
Russian K-12 (494)
Latin K-12 (493)
Other Foreign Language (496)
Mathematics 7-12 (413)
Biology 7-12 (415)
Chemistry 7-12 (416)
Physics 7-12 (417)
Earth Science 7-12 (418)
History 7-12 (421)
Government 7-12 (423)
Geography 7-12 (422)
Psychology 9-12 (426)
Sociology 9-12 (425)
Students who intend to enter the Master of Arts in Teaching program should consult
the MAT advisor and the College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Advisor for
information about this program to ensure that the general education curriculum, pre-professional
studies, and teacher licensure requirements are completed.
Endorsements at the Graduate Level
Speech/Language Pre K-12 (464)
Counselor K-12 (487)
Beginning Administrator K-12 (A Standard) (480)
Professional Administrator PreK-12 (483)
School Psychologist (089)
Library Information Specialist (073)
English as a Second Language (490)
Reading Specialist (486)
Admission to Teacher Education Program
Students who plan to pursue an undergraduate program of studies leading to teacher
licensure must submit a formal application to the College of Education, Health and
Human Sciences Teacher Education Program (TEP). Students are encouraged to apply for
admission in their sophomore year.
Prerequisites for Provisional admission to the Teacher Education Program are as follows:
1. Complete a minimum of 45 semester hours.
2. Complete and submit the TEP application. Applications can be downloaded from the
following site: http://www.memphis.edu/cehhs/
3. Complete with a grade of C- or above ENGL 1010, ENGL 1020, EDPR 2111, an appropriate
course in speech, and the general education required Math course(s).
4. Take and submit satisfactory scores on the CORE Academic Skills for Educators.
Students scoring a 22 or above on the Enhanced ACT do not have to take the CORE. Passing
scores for the CORE: Reading 1156, Writing 162, and Mathematics 150.
5. Earn and maintain a GPA of no less than 2.75. An undergraduate student whose cumulative
grade point average drops below 2.75 will not be provisionally admitted/retained in
the Teacher Education Program.
6. Interview successfully with College of Education, Health and Human Sciences faculty
and P-12 teachers/administrators. You must have passed the COREand have a 2.75 GPA
to be interviewed.
7. Obtain recommendations from two college or university professors. Recommendation
forms are included with the TEP application.
8. Submit and request forwarding to the Office of Teacher Education and Student Support
Services a Tennessee Bureau of Investigation criminal history background check.
Candidates who do not meet the regular Teacher Education Program (TEP) Provisional
Admissions criteria may apply for alternative admission based on the following policy:
Alternative Admission Based on CORE Scores
1. The candidates must meet the minimum cut-off scores for two of the three subtests
or they cannot appeal. The writing subtest must be passed by all candidates.
2. The appealed CORE subtest score (math or reading) cannot vary more than 3% (5 points)
from the acceptable minimum score.
3. Candidates who do not meet the minimum requirements must meet the following guidelines
to submit an appeal based on CORE:
a. Must have a GPA of 3.00.
b. Must have taken the CORE subtest in question twice.
c. If appealing the Reading Subtest, the student must have at least a 3.00 average
in general education literature course and an general education history course.
d. If appealing the Mathematics Test, the student must have a 3.00 average in all
required mathematics courses in the general education curriculum.
e. All of the above courses must be taken at an accredited college.
4. Candidates MUST have take all relevant core courses as described above for their
appeals to be considered.
5. Candidates who have the required grade point average and the required grades in
the specified courses may be approved by the Director of Teacher Education without
further appeal committee action.
Alternative Admission Based on Grade Point Average
Candidates appealing to be Provisionally admitted to TEP because their grade point
average has fallen below 2.75 must meet the following requirements in order to appeal:
1. Must have passed all sections of the CORE
2. Must provide, as part of their appeal, a plan describing the courses they will
repeat or take to raise their grade point average to the 2.75 minimum and a proposed timeline. No restricted courses can be included in the plan.
Candidates may not appeal for alternative admission if they have less that a 2.50 grade point average and have not met the
minimum requirements of the CORE. These students will be advised individually regarding
a remediation plan to improve their grade point average and/or PPST performance. In
some instances, the candidate may be counseled out of the program.
Candidates may be referred for retention throughout their program of studies. If candidates'
graded point average drops below the required 2.75 while in Provisional Admission
status, they will not be allowed to take any restricted courses in subsequent semesters
and will lose their TEP admission status. Referrals can be made for academics, but
also for professional dispositions related to ethical or attitudinal problems. There
are also specific actions that can result in Disqualification (http://www.memphis,edu/tep/disqualification.htm). The College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Professional Dispositions guide
the retention process. Candidates may be referred for counseling or be reviewed before
the TEP Retention Committee.
Pre-Student Teaching Clinical Experiences
Students pursuing teacher licensure complete, as a part of their program, a variety
of required clinical experiences incorporated into professional education courses.
Students will be expected to have experiences in a variety of settings (real and virtual)
and with pupils who reflect differences in age, socioeconomic backgrounds, and cultural
Clinical experiences include both laboratory experiences (typically fulfilled on campus)
and clinical experiences (typically fulfilled in PreK-12 schools). The early childhood
programs require field experiences in PreK-3 grades. Other licensure programs require
placements in a variety of grades (K-12). The amount of time spent in a clinical experience
varies according to the specific requirement being met. Fulfillment of these experiences
requires that students make available out-of-class time between 7:00 a.m. and 4:00
p.m. All students are required to complete the number of clinical experience hours
expected in their licensure area.
Completion of field experiences will occur in sites arranged and approved by the University
of Memphis College of Education, Health and Human Sciences Office of School Based
Full Admission to Teacher Education Program and Residency
Teacher candidates entering their Junior year of study must meet the requirements
for Full Admission to the Teacher Education Program and the Yearlong Residency. These
- Overall grade point average of 3.0.
- Passing score on the appropriate Praxis Content Knowledge Exam.
- Successful interview with Program Faculty.
- Successful on-demand writing task.
- Provide for review an exemplar work sample (e.g., lesson plan, etc.).
- Complete an online aptitude for teaching questionnaire.
- Evidence of professional liability insurance of at least one million dollars.
Residency II/ Second Semester Senior Year
Students who pursue degree programs at the University of Memphis that lead to teacher
licensure must complete their Residency II in placements arranged, coordinated, and
approved by the Clinical Coordinator of the College of Education, Health and Human
Sciences. Residency II teaching assignments are full day in length for 15 weeks.
Residency II is offered only during the spring semesters in partnership schools. No
Residency assignments for initial licensure are made during the summer semester. Under
the direction of Preservice Instructive Mentors (PIM), and Residency II Supervisors,
candidates are afforded opportunities to co-plan, co-teach, and co-assess in the PIM's
classroom. In addition, all teacher candidates must submit an edTPA for national scoring.
edTPA is the capstone assessment for all programs and success is required for a successful
NO OTHER COURSES MAY BE TAKEN DURING RESIDENCY II EXCEPT FOR THE PROFESSIONAL SEMINAR.
Grades in Residency II are reported as "S" (satisfactory) or "U" (unsatisfactory).
Requirements for enrollment in yearlong Residency are:
1. File an application the semester before Residency I.
2. Gain full admittance to and be in good standing in the Teacher Education Program
one semester before the Residency Year (senior year).
3. Attain classification as a senior with a minimum grade point average of 3.0.
4. Complete of all prerequisite professional education courses.
5. Earn a minimum grade of "C" in University General Education Program courses, each
required professional education course, and each course in the major.
6. Submit passing scores on all remaining required Praxis II licensure exams for the
specific area of licensure being sought prior to Residency II. Candidates must submit
scores on the exam no later than 30 days prior to the first day of Residency II.
7. Must have a background check on file.
To be recommended for graduation and licensure, teacher candidates must complete the
requirements listed below:
1. Minimum of 120 semester hours, including at least 45 hours of upper division courses.
2. Overall minimum GPA of 3.0.
3. A minimum GPA of 3.0 in all courses taken at the University of Memphis, excluding
all credit transferred from other institutions.
4. Minimum grade of "C" in each required professional education course and each course
in the major. Candidates can only repeat a professional education course once. Failure
to make a satisfactory grade on the second attempt will result in disqualification
from the teacher education program.
5. Submit scores for all Praxis II licensure exams.
6. Successfully complete the Teacher Performance Assessment (edTPA).
For Tennessee Teacher Licensure, students must obtain satisfactory scores in Principles
of Learning and Teaching and Specialty Area Examinations of the PRAXIS II, according
to the criteria established by the Tennessee State Board of Education.
Any courses taken in excess of those needed to fulfill the requirements of professional
education courses and major and minor endorsement areas, are considered to be general
electives and are included only in the calculation of the overall GPA. In those areas
where students are required to take elective courses, the student, in consultation
with and approval of the major advisor, designates where the elective courses are
to be applied.
In addition to completing the degree requirements listed above for teacher licensure,
B.S.Ed., students must complete requirements for the Human Development and Learning,
Integrative Studies, Physical Education Teacher Education, and Teaching All Learners.
Following the requirements for these majors are the requirements for the non-licensure
degree and majors offered through other departments in the college.