Welcome to the College of Education
We are so excited that you are a part of the College of Education! Learn more about exciting events, contact information and how to succeed in the College of Education.
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- COE Undergraduate Majors
- Early Childhood Education, Pre-K-3rd Grade (Human Development and Learning)
- Elementary Education, K-6th grade, and Special Education Interventionist (Teaching All Learners)
- Secondary Math, 6-12th grade (Integrative Studies, Secondary Math concentration)
- Youth Development (Integrative Studies, Youth Development concentration)
- Educational Careers
As a teacher, you get the opportunity to be a social engineer, an agent of change
in society. Good teachers become a part of the community in which they work. If you
empower students through education, then it not only affects them, but generations
to come. It’s powerful work.
Teachers are always in high demand, earn competitive salaries and enjoy flexible summers.
As a student pursuing a teaching license in the College of Education, here's what you can expect in our program.
- First Years
- Do well in your courses
- Take advantage of observation hours through field experience>
- Study For Praxis Core> or ACT (if you do not have a 21 or higher on ACT)>
- Prepare for Praxis II Content Knowledge Exam(s)>
- Work or volunteer with youth
- Get involved with on-campus activities
- Visit the Office of Teacher Education and Clinical Practice website>
- Apply for the Teacher Education Program in the second semester of your Sophomore year
- Complete the pre-residency application for placement
- Pre-Residency Year (Junior Year)
- You will observe 2-3 high-quality and diverse classroom environments.
- You will gain some teaching experience with your mentor teacher.
- Residency Year (Senior Year)
- The Residency Year is a full-time unpaid clinical placement experience.
- You will observe and assist your mentor teacher in the classroom 1-3 days a week.
- You will plan, implement, and assess at least two lessons per week.
- You will transition into full time co-teaching with mentor teacher.
- Spring Semester Only: You will lead teach for three weeks.
- TN License Requirements (Beyond Senior Year)
- Successfully complete the TEP program through the College of Education
- Complete the edTPA portfolio
- Praxis CORE (Reading, Writing and Math)
- Students with a ACT (21) or SAT (1020) do not have to take the CORE.
- Praxis II Content Knowledge Exam(s)
- Future Teachers Orientation, August 26
- 10am-noon, UC Shelby Room
- Virtual option 3-5 pm
- Praxis Preview, September 9
- noon-1pm, Senate Chamber
- Virtual option 2:30-3:20pm
- Community Service Project (October, TBA)
- In-person event only
- Special Education Panel, October 7
- noon-1pm, UC Bluff Room
- Why I Love Teaching Panel, November 4
- Virtual, noon-1pm