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Endorsements

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English as a Second Language

As our population becomes more diverse, our classrooms present new challenges, including working with learners whose primary language is not English. Our 9-hour, 100% online course of study for the endorsement is designed to empower teachers to work effectively with all students.

 

Credits

9 hours

Enrollment

Full or part time

Format

Online

Duration

2-3 Semesters

Tuition

$572 per semester

Semester of Entry

Fall, Spring, Summer

 

Program of Study

TESL 700 Principles of Teaching English as a Second Language - 3 Credit Hours

TESL 710 Strategies for Teaching English as a Second Language - 3 Credit Hours

EDFN 720 Multicultural Issues in Education and Counseling - 3 Credit Hours

 

Why UTM?

We greatly value our relationships with our students and it is our goal to foster a sense of community between our students, faculty, and community partners. This begins with the first contact between advisor and student. Your advisor is the person who will work with you to understand all of the requirements of the program, help you develop your plan of study, answer questions about registration, and guide you toward your career goal. This is an important relationship that we hope will make you feel more comfortable in our program as well as provide you with information. The advisor- student connection is vital in your personal and professional development. As faculty members, we enjoy this time we spend getting to know and mentor you. Our hope is that you continue to feel a part of our program even after you graduate, keeping us up to date on your personal and professional milestones.

 

To further promote our sense of community we have established a Facebook group page for current students and alumni. When you are accepted into the program you will be sent an invitation via email to join our Facebook group and we hope you will accept. On this site we post news about the program, important information about the profession of counseling, and share updates about students and alumni. We hope those of you still on Facebook will accept our invitation!

 

 

 

Educational Graduate Studies Spotlight: Shannon McWherter

Shannon McWherter

Shannon McWherter, school counselor for 11th- and 12th-grade students at Westview High School in Martin, graduated with a school counseling endorsement from the University of Tennessee at Martin Education Graduate Program in 2016. “The professors taught me specific knowledge to be able to accelerate in my job as a school counselor,” she said. “The program was tough and challenging which made me more prepared for the actual job itself.”

 

McWherter, who holds both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in family and consumer sciences from UT Martin, chose to pursue her master’s because of her desire to help students. “I have always wanted to be able to help people. I … built relationships with students and wanted to pursue a career (where) I could help shape and motivate them,” she said. McWherter returned to UT Martin because of her pride for the school. She said, “I am an (alumna), and (I) love UTM!”

 

Admission Requirements

1. GPA requirement

  • Cum GPA—a 2.50 cumulative GPA on all work attempted prior to completion of the baccalaureate degree, or
  • SrYr GPA—a 3.00 GPA on the last 30 semester hours attempted in the baccalaureate degree (all work will be computed for the number of semesters necessary to total the last 30 semester hours), or
  • a 3.00 GPA on the SrYr plus any post-baccalaureate upper-division and/or graduate courses. (Any courses included in the SrYr calculation may be repeated to raise the GPA to 3.00).

2. $30 Application Fee

 

*To be eligible for the English as a Second Language PreK-12 endorsement, students must hold a current teaching license in PreK-3, K-6, 7-12, or SPED-Modified K-12, and pass the "English to Speakers of Other Languages" Praxis exam.

 

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We look forward to hearing from you!

Laurie Green

Laurie Green

Coordinator, Education Graduate Student Services Coordinator

lgreen14@utm.edu

(731) 881-7128

 

 

 

 

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School Counseling Endorsement

In 2017, our Master's in Counseling program has been ranked #17 by affordablecolleges.com for our quality and affordability. In 2016, our Master's in Counseling program had been ranked #18 by bestcolleges.com. We were ranked in the Top 50 online programs for 2015 and one of the best online counseling Master's programs in 2014.

 

Help shape a student’s future by assisting them in the development of the academic, social, emotional, and career skills needed for life. This program is for individuals who are seeking to become a licensed School Counselor in the PreK-12 school system.

Program Highlights:

  • 100% Online coursework with a mandatory 3 day residency
  • NO GRE Required
  • Complete the program in as little as 15 months.
  • 15 week courses
  • 24-27 credit hours
  • $572 a credit hour (Spring 2018 tuition rates)
  • No teaching experience required
  • Transfer Credits accepted

 

Credits

24-27 hours

Enrollment

Full or part time

Format

Online*

Duration

4-6 Semesters

Tuition

$572 credit hour

Semester of Entry

Fall, Spring, or Summer

 

 

*Online with a mandatory 3 day on-campus residency.

Bellis May, School Counseling, class of 2018

Bellis May

Bellis May needed a master’s degree to follow her dream of working with children in a school setting. Already working as a social worker in a nursing home, she didn’t have time to quit her job and return to school. UT Martin’s online graduate program allowed her to work at her own pace and finish her degree when she was ready.

 

“I knew that UTM would be the best fit for me because it is all online, and I could take as many or as (few) classes as I needed to in a semester,” she said. Her hard work paid off, and she earned a position as a counselor with the Hardin County School System before graduation. “My professors not only taught me how to be a good counselor, but they made me feel confident in myself as a counselor. When I graduated, I felt more prepared than I ever thought possible to be a school counselor,” she added.

 

“One of my biggest hopes for my students is that they always treat themselves and others with kindness and respect. I hope they will always know that their school counselor (ME) will always be a cheerleader for them. I hope they will feel confident in the person that they become,” she said. “It is so refreshing to walk down the hall and get hugs from Pre-K students all the way to eighth-grade students. It tells me that I am doing something right.”

Program of Study

COUN 725 Theory and Techniques of Counseling - 6 Credit Hours

COUN 722 Professional, Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling - 3 Credit Hours

COUN 712 Learning and Instruction - 3 Credit Hours *

*not required for students who possess a current teaching license.

COUN 730 Career Development and Counseling - 3 Credit Hours

COUN 740 Group Dynamics - 3 Credit Hours

COUN 786 Organization and Administration of School Counseling - 3 Credit Hours

EDFN 720 Multicultural Issues in Education and Counseling - 3 Credit Hours

COUN 789 Internship in Secondary Counseling (300 hours) - 3 Credit Hours

COUN 790 Internship in Elementary Counseling - 3 Credit Hours

Master’s in School Counseling Degree Option

For additional information on the Master’s in School Counseling Degree, click here .

Admission Requirements

You must submit the following materials for review by the Counseling Admissions Board. All materials should be mailed to:

 

Office of Graduate Studies
The University of Tennessee, Martin
227 Administration Building
Martin, TN 38238
Fax: 731-881-7499

 

  • Three letters of recommendation from supervisors, 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. Letters must be mailed to graduate studies by the reference; they must not be submitted by the applicant. Letters should be on letterhead.
  • 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.
  • A resume that fully describes the candidate’s degrees, and importantly, describes the person’s occupational experiences – particularly any counseling experiences obtained.
  • Form that acknowledges requirement for three-day counseling residency held on the UT Martin campus. ("Acknowledgement of 3 day Counseling Residency")
  • Documentation of teaching experience for those applying to the School Counseling concentration provided by the applicant’s school system on appropriate letterhead. Applicants without teaching experience must submit a signed acknowledgement of this requirement. (“Acknowledgement of Teaching Experience”)
  • A background check is required prior to consideration by the admissions board. See www.utm.edu/ess for details on obtaining the background check.
  • $30 Application Fee

 

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Dr. David Dietrich

Dr. David Dietrich

Counseling Faculty Coordinator

counseling@utm.edu

(731) 881-7210

 

Laurie Green

Laurie Green

Coordinator, Education Graduate Student Services Coordinator

lgreen14@utm.edu

(731) 881-7128

 

 

 

 

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Special Education

Advance your career while impacting the lives of others with a Master’s of Education in Special Education. Using evidence and research based practices you will learn the skills needed to help to develop an identified student with disabilities fullest potential by providing them specialized instruction that is designed to meet their learning needs.

Program Highlights:

  • 100% Online
  • NO GRE Required
  • Complete the program in as little as 12 months.
  • 7 week courses
  • 30 credit hours
  • $572 a credit hour (Spring 2018 tuition rates)
  • Transfer Credits accepted

 

Credits

18 hours

Enrollment

Full or part time

Format

Online

Duration

3 Semesters

Tuition

$572 credit hour

Semester of Entry

Fall or Spring

 

Angela Justice, Special Education, class of 2018

Angela Justice

Angela Justice decided to pursue a Master of Science degree in education with a special education endorsement in order to better help children with special needs understand the world around them. She says her favorite part about being an educator is “those ‘lightbulb’ moments when you see a child discover something for the first time, when they are able to accomplish something they have been struggling with, when a nonverbal student says their first word. Those amazing moments in time when you see them grow academically and socially.”

 

While she originally chose the UT Martin program because of its proximity to her home, she has since left the area and found her education to be applicable in a new school system. “My master’s (degree) from UTM was able to help me find a job in a new school district where we moved. It’s a notable university that has a great reputation for training quality teachers.”

Program of Study

SPED 617 Clinical Field Experience (Fall) - 3 Credit Hours

SPED 633 Advanced Methods for Teaching Students with High Incidence Exceptionalities (Spr) - 3 Credit Hours

SPED 634 Reading and Mathematics for Students with Exceptionalities (Fall) - 3 Credit Hours

SPED 635 Special Education Assessment and Procedures (Fall) - 3 Credit Hours

SPED 640 Integrating Children with Exceptionalities in the Inclusive Classroom (Summer) - 3 Credit Hours

SPED 660 Behavior Interventions (Fall) - 3 Credit Hours

or

SPED 710 Advanced Practicum (Fall) - 3 Credit Hours

Special Education Master’s Degree

For additional information on the Master’s Degree in Special Education, click here.

Admission Requirements

1. GPA requirement

  • Cum GPA—a 2.50 cumulative GPA on all work attempted prior to completion of the baccalaureate degree, or
  • SrYr GPA—a 3.00 GPA on the last 30 semester hours attempted in the baccalaureate degree (all work will be computed for the number of semesters necessary to total the last 30 semester hours), or
  • a 3.00 GPA on the SrYr plus any post-baccalaureate upper-division and/or graduate courses. (Any courses included in the SrYr calculation may be repeated to raise the GPA to 3.00).

2. $30 Application Fee

 

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Dr. Clinton Smith

Dr. Clinton Smith

SPED Faculty Coordinator

sped@utm.edu

(731) 881-7143

 

Laurie Green

Laurie Green

Coordinator, Education Graduate Student Services Coordinator

lgreen14@utm.edu

(731) 881-7128

 

 

 

 

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Advanced Special Education

This endorsement provides advanced knowledge, skills, and practices in special education. Those who wish to enroll in this course must already have a degree and/or certification in special education.

 

Credits

18 hours

Enrollment

Full or part time

Format

Online

Duration

3 Semesters

Tuition

$572 credit hour

Semester of Entry

Fall or Spring

 

Program of Study

SPED 740 Advanced Methods in LD, CC, DD, or EBD - 6 Credit Hours

SPED 712 Research in Single Case Design - 3 Credit Hours

SPED 720 Language Dev. Disorders School Age Child - 3 Credit Hours

SPED 730 Current Topics in Special Education - 3 Credit Hours

SPED 710 Advanced Practicum - 6 Credit Hours

Admission Requirements

1. GPA requirement

  • Cum GPA—a 2.50 cumulative GPA on all work attempted prior to completion of the baccalaureate degree, or
  • SrYr GPA—a 3.00 GPA on the last 30 semester hours attempted in the baccalaureate degree (all work will be computed for the number of semesters necessary to total the last 30 semester hours), or
  • a 3.00 GPA on the SrYr plus any post-baccalaureate upper-division and/or graduate courses. (Any courses included in the SrYr calculation may be repeated to raise the GPA to 3.00).

2. $30 Application Fee

 

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Our office is available to provide more information on the program, admission requirements, student life, and anything else you’re wondering about.

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Laurie Green

Laurie Green

Coordinator, Education Graduate Student Services Coordinator

lgreen14@utm.edu

(731) 881-7128

 

 

 

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Gifted & Talented Education

Gifted and talented students present special challenges for educators. Led by Genevieve Felts-Meyer, these five courses can lead to a Gifted endorsement for your current teaching course.

 

Credits

15 hours

Enrollment

Full or part time

Format

Online

Duration

3 Semesters

Tuition

$572 credit hour

Semester of Entry

Fall or Spring

 

Program of Study

SPED 650 Characteristics and Needs of the Gifted/Talented (Fall) - 3 Credit Hours

SPED 651 Strategies and Programs for Teaching the Gifted/Talented (Spring) - 3 Credit Hours

SPED 652 Advanced Methods in Gifted Education (Summer – First Session) - 3 Credit Hours

SPED 653 Theories and Trends in Gifted Education (Summer – Second Session) - 3 Credit Hours

SPED 709 Practicum in Gifted Education (Fall) - 3 Credit Hours

Admission Requirements

1. GPA requirement

  • Cum GPA—a 2.50 cumulative GPA on all work attempted prior to completion of the baccalaureate degree, or
  • SrYr GPA—a 3.00 GPA on the last 30 semester hours attempted in the baccalaureate degree (all work will be computed for the number of semesters necessary to total the last 30 semester hours), or
  • a 3.00 GPA on the SrYr plus any post-baccalaureate upper-division and/or graduate courses. (Any courses included in the SrYr calculation may be repeated to raise the GPA to 3.00).

2. $30 Application Fee

 

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Our office is available to provide more information on the program, admission requirements, student life, and anything else you’re wondering about.

 

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Laurie Green

Laurie Green

Coordinator, Education Graduate Student Services Coordinator

lgreen14@utm.edu

(731) 881-7128

 

 

 

 

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Reading Specialist K-12

Literacy is at the forefront of many educational reforms and is certainly a “hot topic” according to the International Literacy Association. Teaching literacy in Tennessee is a statewide initiative and educators at all levels across the state feel the pressure to perform. The Master of Science in Education with a Literacy Concentration is designed to provide candidates with an in-depth analysis of foundational literacy skills, disciplinary literacy strategies, writing, assessment, diagnosis, and interventions. Our program seeks to prepare candidates to become effective literacy teachers, specialists, and leaders in the field of literacy in an effort to support student learning and maximize student performance.

Program Highlights:

  • 100% Online
  • NO GRE Required
  • Complete the program in as little as 12 months.
  • 7 week courses
  • 30 credit hours
  • $572 a credit hour (Spring 2018 tuition rates)
  • No teaching experience required
  • Transfer Credits accepted

 

Credits

18 hours

Enrollment

Full or part time

Format

Online

Duration

3 Semesters

Tuition

$572 credit hour

Semester of Entry

Fall or Spring

 

Program of Study

LIBS 755 Children and Adolescent Literature - 3 Credit Hours

READ 700 Foundations of Literacy Development - 3 Credit Hours

READ 710 Assessment, Diagnosis & Interventions in the Reading Classroom - 3 Credit Hours

READ 740 Literacy Practicum - 3 Credit Hours

READ 720 Research-based Practices for Differentiated Literacy Instruction - 3 Credit Hours

READ 730 Literacy as a Neurologic Process - 3 Credit Hours

Admission Requirements

1. GPA requirement

  • Cum GPA—a 2.50 cumulative GPA on all work attempted prior to completion of the baccalaureate degree, or
  • SrYr GPA—a 3.00 GPA on the last 30 semester hours attempted in the baccalaureate degree (all work will be computed for the number of semesters necessary to total the last 30 semester hours), or
  • a 3.00 GPA on the SrYr plus any post-baccalaureate upper-division and/or graduate courses. (Any courses included in the SrYr calculation may be repeated to raise the GPA to 3.00).

2. $30 Application Fee

Master’s in Literacy Degree Option

For additional information on the Master’s in Literacy Degree, click here

 

 

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Laurie Green

Coordinator, Education Graduate Student Services Coordinator

lgreen14@utm.edu

(731) 881-7128

 

 

 

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Instructional Leadership Endorsment

Upon completion of the MS in Instructional Leadership, your skills will be sharpened to play a pivotal role in a student’s education and be prepared to face the challenges of employment as an educational administrator.

 

You can expect to learn topics, such as, law, policy and ethics in educational settings, personnel management, school finance and budget management, school-wide behavior management and much more to prepare you to lead both students and faculty members.

Program Highlights:

  • 100% Online
  • NO GRE Required
  • Complete the program in as little as 12 months.
  • 7 week courses
  • 24 credit hours
  • $572 a credit hour (Spring 2018 tuition rates)
  • Transfer Credits accepted

 

Credits

24 hours

Enrollment

Full or part time

Format

Online*

Duration

3-6 Semesters

Tuition

$572 credit hour

Semester of Entry

Fall or Spring

 

*Online coursework with five mandatory Saturday on-campus residencies.

Potential Occupations

  • Principal
  • Assistant Principal
  • Supervisor
  • Facilitator

Program of Study

EDLD 710 Introduction to Supervising and Leading Educational Change - 3 Credit Hours

EDLD 760 Law, Policy and Ethics in the Educational Setting - 3 Credit Hours

EDLD 745 Measurement & Decision Making - 3 Credit Hours

EDLD 750 School Finance & Business Management - 3 Credit Hours

EDLD 730 School & Community Relations - 3 Credit Hours

EDLD 780 Clinical Supervision - 3 Credit Hours

Two Electives Chosen from EDLD 715, EDLD 755, EDLD 775, or READ 700

 

Total Minimum hours required for endorsement – 24

Instructional Leadership Master’s Degree Option

For additional information on the Instructional Leadership Degree, click here

Admission Requirements

All applicants for Educational Leadership (degree-seeking, non-degree, or endorsement) must also submit the following documents (items 1-9) for review and recommendation from the Educational Leadership (EDLD) Program Admission Committee.

  1. GPA requirement
    • Cum GPA—a 2.50 cumulative GPA on all work attempted prior to completion of the baccalaureate degree, or
    • SrYr GPA—a 3.00 GPA on the last 30 semester hours attempted in the baccalaureate degree (all work will be computed for the number of semesters necessary to total the last 30 semester hours), or
    • a 3.00 GPA on the SrYr plus any post-baccalaureate upper-division and/or graduate courses. (Any courses included in the SrYr calculation may be repeated to raise the GPA to 3.00).
  2. Personal statement of career goals and how the preparation program would assist the candidate in reaching stated goals. Be sure to address the following: Why are you interested in a principal licensure program? What are your hopes and dreams as a potential instructional leader? What do you hope to learn as a result of this program? How have you demonstrated leadership in coaching other teachers to raise student achievement? Admission Reqts for College of Education, Health, & Behavioral Sciences 529 Graduate Catalog
  3. Current resumé.
  4. The Applicant Recommendation Form must be completed and submitted by principal/superintendent and/or former principal/superintendent. The form is available on the Education Graduate Program webpage
  5. 5. Copy of current teaching license.
  6. 6. Verification of education working experience. Three years of successful education working experience prior to starting the program are required.
  7. 7. Signed complete copy of most recent performance appraisal.
  8. 8. Current professional development plan.
  9. 9. Two letters of recommendation. (Note: Letters of recommendation must be from anyone who is familiar with your education working experience. Both letters must address your leadership and management potential in instructional leadership as well as your ability to improve student achievement.)

Admission is dependent upon submission of these documents and a positive review by the Program Admission Com$30 Application Fee mittee. All required admission documents must be submitted to the Graduate Studies office.

 

Office of Graduate Studies
227 Administration Building
Martin, TN 38238
graduatestudies@utm.edu

 

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We look forward to hearing from you!

 

Dr. Amanda Batts

Dr. Amanda Batts

Instructional Leadership Faculty Coordinator

instructionalleadership@utm.edu

(731) 881-7224

 

Laurie Green

Laurie Green

Coordinator, Education Graduate Student Services Coordinator

lgreen14@utm.edu

(731) 881-7128

 

 

 

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205 Gooch Hall

Martin, TN 38238

Ph:

(731) 881-7128

Fx:

(731) 881-7975

Em:

Laurie Green,





Coordinator, Education Graduate




Student Services