Graduate Studies Division
Education Specialist Programs
The Master of Education program in Initial Licensure is designed for
individuals who already have a bachelor's degree. This unique program
allows those seeking initial licensure in elementary and/or secondary
education the chance to deepen their insight, gain additional knowledge,
and improve their professional competencies while completing the coursework
leading to licensure. The program and the department are accredited by
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Council
for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
The Master of Education program in Elementary Education is designed for
certified school teachers who wish to deepen their insight, gain additional
knowledge, and improve their professional competencies. The program and
the department are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges
and Schools and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher
Education. Concentrations include art, early childhood, elementary education,
inclusion, special teacher of reading, educational technology, and research/thesis.
The Master of Education in Counseling offers students two professional training options at the graduate level. Students may participate in either the Community Counseling Program, which prepares counselors for work in human service agencies, or in the School Counseling Program, which prepares elementary and secondary school guidance counselors. 'While there is an overlap in these programs, they are viewed as distinctly different options. The primary purpose of the UTC counseling program is to provide quality training for individuals desiring to become human service agency or school counselors. This training includes classroom didactic and experiential activities, small group seminars, and supervised field experiences. These training components are designed to provide each student with a meaningfiul professional and personal growth opportunity.
The Master of Education program in School Leadership is primarily designed to prepare experienced teachers for positions as elementary or secondary school principals and supervisors. The program is in alignment with the Policy for the Principal in Tennessee Schools (State Board of Education 11/91 revised 7/94 and 9/99) and with the Interstate School Leaderships Licertsure Consortium (ISLLC) Standards.The program and department are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education.
More information is available at program advisor Dr. Petzko's pages.
Further information may be gathered at the UTC Graduate Studies Master
of Education in Administration and Supervision page.
The Master of Education program in Secondary Education is designed to add depth in the content area and to broaden professional education understandings of the secondary school teacher. The program and the department are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education. Concentrations include the arts, English, health education, inclusion, mathematics, physical education, sciences and environmental studies, social science(s), educational technology, and research/thesis.
The Master of Education in Special Education concentrations seek to provide breadth and depth to professionals holding an initial degree in special education. The program also provides options for those seeking initial licensure in special education from general education or unrelated fields. Additionally, the concentrations allow specialization in the following areas: mild disabilities; moderate/severe disabilities; early childhood special education; gifted education and emotional/ behavioral disabilities. The program and department are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and the National Council for Accreditation in Teacher Education.
The Master of Science in Health and Human Performance is designed to provide advanced academic and clinical preparation for the certified athletic trainer (ATC). The M.S. degree is designed to meet national accreditation standards as outlined in Essentials and Guidelines for the Development arid Implementation of the NATA Accredited Graduate Athletic Training Education Programs published by the National Athletic Trainers' Association (NATA). In particular, the program strives to address the need for athletic trainers to enhance knowledge and skills in specific areas of academic inquiry and research in both traditional and non-traditional settings. The philosophy of the Graduate Athletic Training Program (GATP) is to provide an effective blend of classroom instruction, clinical experience, and research designed to prepare the student for the prevention, management and rehabilitation of injuries/illnesses incurred by persons who perform physically demandng activities.
More information is available through the EHLS department on their Master of Science in Health and Human Performance page.
The Education Specialist Degree in Advanced Educational Practice is a post-master's, sixth year degree with a focus on education technology. It is designed to generate teachers with high levels of proficiency in the use of technology in school and classroom and other educational settings. Students will be prepared to provide leadership in the field of educational technology. Students will bring to the program real school-based problems and will apply solutions to real problems in schools. Designed for the convenience of the practicing educator, the program of study utilizes distance courses, web-based courses and alternative time schedules. The interdisciplinary faculty are pulled from the graduate education programs, the Center of Excellence in Computer Applications, the Walker Teaching Resource Center and the College of Business.
More information is available on the Continuing Education EDS in Technology page.
Further information may be gathered at the UTC Graduate Studies Education
Specialist in Advanced Educational Practice: Educational Technology
The program for the School Psychology specialty is designed to prepare school psychologists who will work in school systems and other agencies to provide a comprehensive array of psychological services to individuals with special needs. Please see the UTC Graduate School site for more information.
The Doctor of Education degree (Ed.D.) is offered by the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga College of Health, Education and Professional Studies Graduate Studies Division. The executive delivery program is designed for teachers, administrators, practicing educators who work in educational institutions (public and private, higher education, etc.) organizations and corporations. The program provides learning experiences that address the issues faced in the management and administrative contexts of these educational arenas and ways to address the practical aspects of learning and leadership in their respective working environment. The program seeks to produce leaders who understand the world of teaching and learning and who can apply leadership skills to cope with change and to establishing direction within their areas of expertise. The program will concentrate on developing leaders who can move forward with a new agenda of teaching and learning and can address change in educational areas as a dynamic rather than a static condition. The program incorporates coursework and practical application of skills in the workplace as a part of the process of fulfilling specific outcomes.
The Ed.D. program centers on the mastery of core learning and leadership outcomes and reinforces an overall understanding of learning institutions -- their history and philosophy, missions and diversity, governance and administration, faculty and participants. The curriculum focuses on developing proficiencies that individuals need as they pursue the challenges of leading educational change. Major themes are: "How do people learn?," "How should we teach?," and "How should we measure performance?"