College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies

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MS in Athletic Training

The Graduate Athletic Training Program at the University of Tennessee is accredited (UTC-GATP) by the Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE). CAATE is sponsored by the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP), The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM), and the National Athletic Trainers' Association, Inc. (NATA).  After the last comprehensive review for continued program accreditation, the UTC-GATP was granted the maximum 10-year accreditation. The next comprehensive review is scheduled for 2019.

Master of Public Health in Chronic Disease Prevention

The Master of Public Health (MPH) in Chronic Disease Prevention and Control is a two-year, interdisciplinary program offered through the College of Health, Education and Professional Studies. This unique program is dedicated to educating and training future public health professionals to be leaders and innovators committed to combating chronic diseases through an environment rich in learning, community engagement and service.

Master of Science in Social Work

Social Work is one of the fastest growing and diverse professions in the United States. The profession is unique, however, in its dedication to working and empowering people who are vulnerable, oppressed, or living in poverty. While social workers practice as lobbyists, administrators and policy makers, they frequently choose to work directly with individuals, families, and groups.

Master of Science in Interior Design

The purpose of the UTC Master of Science Degree is to give building industry professionals a specialization in the areas of urban revitalization ranging from sustainability to historic preservation, as well as, everything in between.

Master of Interior Design

The Master of Interior Design Degree not only gives building industry professionals an area of specialization, but prepares students for a career in academia with a balanced focus on teaching, service, and research/creative scholarship. 

Occupational Therapy Doctorate

The Occupational Therapy Department will be recognized as a premiere department that attracts and grows leaders of occupational therapy in the state, nation and world through exemplary integrated programs of education, research, and community outreach and service that meet real world occupational needs.

Doctor of Physical Therapy

Physical Therapy is a dynamic profession that is highly rewarding to the practitioner and the client. Our graduates are well prepared to be competent physical therapists in a variety of practice settings. The physical therapy program at UTC is very fortunate to have an extremely well prepared faculty and staff who are committed to facilitating the success of our students. In addition, the physical therapy community is strongly supportive of our students as they complete the clinical education components of the curriculum. When these two strengths are grouped with the support of a great university and city, it becomes clear that The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is an exciting place to study physical therapy. 

Nursing D.N.P.

The DNP Program features online learning with both synchronous and asynchronous experiences. Each student is assigned an individual faculty advisor/mentor throughout the program as well as faculty, staff and program support to help navigate the program. In addition, orientation is on campus to allow for initial face-to-face meetings with faculty, staff and other students. The translational project is another feature of the program that allows the student a unique learning opportunity.

Nursing M.S.N. - Family Nurse Practitioner

 The curriculum is comprised of core courses that cover research and theoretical considerations of advanced nursing practice, and professional and economic issues associated with today's healthcare environment. The specialty specific courses address the basic and advanced principles and practices of family practice with an emphasis on the Three P's: pathophysiology, physical assessment and pharmacology.

Nursing M.S.N. - Nurse Anesthesia

A 27 month program of rigorous coursework with bountiful clinical experiences prepares our students for the national certification exam offered by the NBCRNA Council on Certification of Nurse Anesthetists. Once certified, students who earn their MSN in Nurse Anesthesia from UTC may begin work immediately as a CRNA, without the need for additional on-the-job training or work-related orientation.

Master of Education: Elementary, Secondary, Special

Our college offers Master's degrees in Elementary Education, Secondary Education and Special Education. There are a few certificate program areas and multiple concentrations to choose from under specific masters level program areas.

The majority of our courses are offered for the convenience of working adults. Please look through specific program offerings for more information regarding your area of interest.


Master of Education: Counseling

The Master of Education in Counseling offers students two professional training options at the graduate level. Students may participate in either the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program, which prepares counselors for work in human service agencies, or in the School Counseling Program, which prepares elementary and secondary school counselors. While there is an overlap in these programs, each is viewed as a distinctly different option. 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 meaningful professional and personal growth opportunity.

Master of Education: School Leadership

The School of Education of the College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies at UTC offers five unique School Leadership programs. There are three concentrations in the M.Ed. in School Leadership: the Principal Licensure concentration, the Teacher Leadership concentration and the Reading Specialist concentration.  The department also offers a Certificate in School Leadership and an Ed.S. in Principal Licensure for individuals who already hold the master’s degree in a related field and wish to pursue a TN endorsement as a principal/supervisor.

Learning and Leadership Doctorate (Ed.D./Ph.D.)

The multidisciplinary Learning and Leadership Doctoral Program (Ed.D./Ph.D.) equips participants with an understanding of the relationship that learning plays in the leadership process. The program philosophy supports the development of reflective practitioners in a variety of organizations and focuses on the interwoven nature of learning and leadership. The curriculum emphasizes the proficiency that individuals will need as they pursue the challenges of organizational change. Major themes include, "How do we measure performance?", "How do people adapt to change?", and "What role does learning play in organizational improvement?"

Education Specialist: School Leadership Principal Licensure

The School of Education of the College of Health, Education, and Professional Studies offers an Ed.S. in School Leadership that leads to licensure as a principal in Tennessee. Coursework and field experiences are aligned with Tennessee Instructional Leadership Standards and synthesized in the final practicum and capstone courses. Although the field experience requirement is extensive, it is expected that students will complete the program and the 450 hour field experience requirement while employed as a teacher. The program is in compliance with the 2009 “Tennessee Learning Centered Leadership Policy” and the successful program finisher will meet all requirements for a principal/supervisor endorsement in the state of Tennessee. Approval in Georgia is pending.

Education Specialist: Instructional Leadership

This program is designed for post-master’s level teachers, teacher leaders, aspiring administrators or current administrators whose focus is on the improvement of instruction. It does not lead to a Tennessee Principal’s License.

Education Specialist: School Psychology

The Program For The School Psychology Specialty is designed to produce graduates who meet requirements for licensure in school psychology from the Tennessee Department of Education.  We are prepared to utilize commonly accepted "best practices" in our work as school psychologists, and are prepared to provide leadership in our field to schools and other organizations serving children and adolescents. Within the southeast Tennessee and northwest Georgia area, 75%-80% of the currently practicing school psychologists are UTC graduates.