Frequently Asked Questions

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How do I get started and what do I choose for the online application?

Start here: APPLY NOW


You can use the “first time user account creation” option even if you've gone to school here before, or have applied but can't remember your login ID and/or PIN. Your social security number will tie your accounts together.


First Time User


If you have taken graduate courses here, your "Application Type" would be Graduate Studies: Readmit. If not, you would choose Graduate Studies: Beginner (even if you have your master’s degree or have taken graduate level courses elsewhere). Graduate Studies: Transient is for graduate students who are in good standing at another university but need a course we offer.


App Type


When you get to the Planned Course of Study (checklist item 6) find the MSED programs, and choose your major. Remember that MSED: Tchg - Initial Licensure K-12 is for Special Education ONLY.


Planned Course Study


Next, choose your concentration in Degree Additional information. Here, we've selected Initial Licensure, Secondary: Psychology.


Additional Information


Fill out all checklist items and submit. Your application is sent to the Graduate Studies office (not to the Education Graduate Programs office) and if all requirements are met, you are on your way to becoming a UT Martin Graduate student in Education!


Where do I send my admission materials?

The Graduate Studies office handles all UTM graduate student admissions. We do not work with applications in Education Graduate Programs. Send transcripts, admission forms and any other application materials to:


Office of Graduate Studies
227 Administration Building
University of Tennessee at Martin
Martin, TN 38238
ph: 731.881.7012
fax: 731.881.7499

I submitted an application and need an update/have changes/have questions. Who do I contact?

Graduate Studies process all UT Martin graduate applications. Contact them at 731.881.7021 or for application information.

Which programs are offered online?

Which programs are offered on campus?

Which major do I choose?

“I don’t have a license and I want to…

… become a licensed teacher.”

Choose to major in Initial Licensure (5020)


  • Elementary
  • Secondary (English, Math, Science, History, etc.)
  • TOPs – Transition of Professionals to Teaching - online, must have job offer in hand to qualify

… be licensed in a specialty field.”

Choose to major in Initial Licensure K-12 (5016)


  • Special Education

“I already have a license and I want to…

…be an educational leader.”

Choose to major in Educational Leadership (5050) - online


…get a general educational master’s degree.”

Choose to major in Curriculum and Instruction (5017) - online


…get a master’s with a particular concentration, add an endorsement, or complete my +30 hours.”

Choose to major in Interdisciplinary (5019)

100% Online Concentrations/Endorsements*

  • Agriculture Education and Leadership
  • Early Childhood Education
  • ESL (English as a Second Language) – endorsement only
  • Geosciences Education
  • Gifted and Talented Education
  • Instructional Design and Technology
  • Montessori (must have Montessori credential)
  • Postsecondary Education
  • Reading Specialist K-12
  • Special Education (Advanced SPED or Add-On)

Concentrations* with some on-campus participation:

  • English
  • History
  • Math

“I want to…

…become a counselor.”

Choose to major in School Counseling (5042) or Clinical and Mental Health Counseling (5041) - online


*Please note your concentration in the “Additional Comments” space on the online application

What's the difference between Initial Licensure and Initial Licensure K-12?

Initial Licensure is for those who want to obtain a teaching license either in elementary, middle or secondary schools.  Initial Licensure K-12 is a teaching license that spans grades K-12.  The only concentrations within Initial Licensure K-12 offered at UT Martin are Special Education and School Library Information Specialist.



Do I have to take the GRE Revised General Test?

Yes, if you are degree-seeking and working toward a full master's degree. If you are not degree seeking, the GRE is not required.


If you have received a master's degree from a regionally accredited institution, you are exempt from the GRE but will be subject to individual review.

What is the GRE writing portion about?

The writing portion of the GRE can present a challenge. Our GRE Analytical Writing tips will help you prepare.

The GRE uses a new scoring system. How do I know what scores I need for UT Martin?

We are still using the old scoring system, but use the concordance table found at the ETS website to translate the new scores into the old. We use the highest score option.

What is Curriculum and Instruction? Is it the major I need for administration?

Curriculum and Instruction is an all-purpose advanced teaching degree. If you'd like to be an administrator or supervisor, please choose Educational Leadership.

I'd like to be a school administrator. Which major should I choose and how do I qualify?

We offer our Educational Leadership major to fulfill the requirements of Tennessee's Department of Education's "Instructional Leadership" license. You must have completed three years teaching experience to qualify.

How do I to change my address or phone number?

Follow the instructions provided by the Registrar for address changes. Please let our office know by sending an email to

How do I change my name?

Follow the instructions provided by the Registrar for name changes. Please let our office know by sending an email to

I've decided to take a semester off. What do I need to do?

If you've decided to skip a semester, you MUST reapply to Education Graduate Programs. Taking a semester off makes you inactive in the system. Reapplying simply makes you active in the system again. On the application, use your application login ID and pin. If you've forgotten your application login, use first-time account creation. Your social security number will tie your accounts and information together. Chose "Graduate Studies: Readmit."

Can I still use my UTM email and library services after I graduate?

Students will keep their email. However, they won’t have access to the library’s electronic info. UTM graduates can use TEL (Tennessee Electronic Library) and still use several of the services that the library has. Also, alumni can still come to the Paul Meek Library to check out books, DVD's, etc.


For further information, please contact the Education Graduate Programs Office at, or use our online request form.

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