What is Adult Learning?
The Adult Learning Community at TTU provides support and resources to our students over the age of 25. It’s important for you to know that you have a place to go for assistance when planning for your educational future. We can help answer questions, assist with advisement and course planning, and more! Our innovative programs allow you to fit your classes into your busy life. We offer courses at our main campus and satellite campuses in Crossville, Cookeville, Oak Ridge, Scott County, McMinnville, Moore County and Tullahoma. In addition, we have a fully on-line degree program that allows you to take classes when you want, from anywhere. Our talented advisement staff will work out a customized program to allow you to complete your degree on your timetable.
Making the Decision to Return to College?
The top four things that are important to adult learners in making their decision on returning to college are:
1. Does TTU have the program that I want?
The College of Interdisciplinary Studies at TTU offers two programs to meet the life commitments of the adult learner. The Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies (BSIS) allows you to customize your degree program with the guidance from an academic advisor to select areas of emphasis. The Bachelor of Science in Professional Studies (BSPS) allows adult learners to select from four career-advancing areas of concentration: Health Administration, Information Technology, International Organizational Leadership, or Organizational Leadership.
2. Are the classes convenient to the time and location I want?
Classes are offered online, on campus, and at a distance through area community colleges. The courses offered at the community colleges are evening cohort classes. The 2+2 BSIS cohort program has emphasis areas in Workplace Leadership and Human Behavior and is designed for working adults to juggle family, work, and the ability to continue their education.
Community College locations offering the 2+2 BSIS program:
- Roane State Community College: Crossville, Oak Ridge & Scott County campuses
- Motlow State Community College: McMinnville & Moore County campuses
- Cookeville Higher Education Campus
- Columbia State Community College: Lawrence County Campus
3. Do I have the ability to transfer my existing credits?
TTU allows you to turn the previously earned college credits into a marketable, accredited, and career-advancing Bachelor’s degree. TTU accepts credit from most accredited colleges and universities as well as TBR institutions. The above two degrees (BSIS & BSPS) can also accept credit from AAS degrees earned at TBR institutions.
4. Does the amount of time it takes me to complete my degree meet my needs?
Both BSIS & BSPS degrees require 120 credit hours and are designed to be completed in four years. According to how many credit hours you have previously earned, such as from an Associate of Science degree and how many hours you are able to take in a semester, you could finish within two years. Adult learners may earn college credit for prior learning achieved through work experience. Credit also may be earned through College Level Examination Program (CLEP) and exams are available through the Tennessee Tech Testing Center.
Contact the College of Interdisciplinary Studies:
Jeannie Smith, Director Student Success Center
P.O. Box 5176, Southwest Hall Room 146, Cookeville, TN 38505
Phone: (931) 372-6238, Fax: (931) 372-3898, email