K-12 Education Minor for Undergraduates

The K-12 Education Minor allows non-education majors, especially those in the College of Arts and Sciences, to complete a partial program of study that will lead to teaching licensure in Tennessee, as opposed to beginning your teacher preparation coursework after undergraduate graduation. The 6 course (18 credit hour) minor allows non-education majors to enroll in courses that will prepare you for the classroom.

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If you are interested in teaching middle or high school classes in your undergraduate field of study, the K-12 Education Minor will help jumpstart your pathway to becoming a teacher.

As an undergraduate in this minor, you will receive coursework to train you for working in the classroom and begin your preparation to receive licensure. Once you complete the minor and pass the Praxis exam area in the subject area of your undergraduate major, you will become eligible for a job-embedded practitioner’s license. This temporary teaching license will qualify you to teach in K-12 schools while completing the remaining required graduate courses to obtain the actual Tennessee Practitioner Teacher License.

A specialized 5 graduate course (15 credit hour) Graduate Certificate will allow you to complete the courses you need to receive a full teaching license.

Earn your K-12 Education minor by taking 6 required courses

  • ICL 3000 - Principles of Teaching
  • ICL 3333 - Stdnt Assess/Inst Dec Mkng
  • SPED 2000 - Foundation/Exceptional Learn
  • IDT 3600 - Technology in Education
  • EDPR 3302 - Child/Adolescent Development
  • ICL 4001 – Teaching/Diverse Environments

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Requirements for the K-12 Education minor 

Secondary Education Graduate Certificate

Enroll in a 5-course fast-track Graduate Certificate to earn your full teaching license.

LaRuth Lofties, Academic Counselor II in the Office of Teacher Education and Clinical Practice