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Admission to the Teacher Education Program

Please remember, students will not be able to register for or obtain permits for any upper division classes until they are fully admitted to the teacher education program.

A prerequisite/test code error will be given during registration, if you have not been fully admitted.

The undergraduate admission process applies to students pursuing a bachelor’s degree and transfer students that received the A.S. or A.A.S. degrees from a community college.

Candidates MUST have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 and have passing scores on the ACT or Praxis Core exam.

Please follow the steps outlined below for Admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP). 

All undergraduate and transfer students who are pursuing teacher licensure must be admitted to the TEP.

  • Teacher Education Program Admission Contact

     Ethan_Grissom

    Ethan Grissom

    Licensure Admissions Coordinator
    Office of Teacher Education
    Tennessee Tech University
    Phone: (931) 372-6407
    Fax: (931) 372-6286
    Email: egrissom@tntech.edu
    Location: T. J. Farr Building, Rm. 102E 

  • Teacher Education & 2+2 Admission Deadlines

    OTE Admission Deadlines: Main Campus
    Undergraduates/Transfer Students

    Fall: August 1
    Spring: January 5
    Summer: May 1

    Admission Deadlines: 2+2 Program
    Community College Partners

    Intent to Participate: March 1
    Teacher Education Application: April 20
    Interview Request Form: April 20
    Full Admission to 2+2: June 15


    PLEASE NOTE:

    Individuals who have been previously dismissed from Tech's Teacher Education Program cannot be admitted/readmitted into the licensure program for three (3) consecutive semesters (including summer).

  • Main Campus/Undergraduate & Transfer Student Requirements

    Step 1

    Complete/Submit Application for Admission to TEP:

    Application for Admission to the Teacher Education Program
    This form must be filed once a student has reached 30 or more credit hours excluding ADP course credit.

    Step 2

    Complete the required Tennessee Tech Background Check and Fingerprinting process through IdentoGO by MorphoTrust USA. This process is a requirement must be completed through the Office of Teacher Education (no exceptions).

    Please read the Background Check Guide and complete/submit the following:

    Background Check Applicant Privacy Rights Form

    (physical/hard-copy signature required)

    VECHS Background Check Waiver Agreement Form

    (physical/hard-copy signature required)

    COVID-19 UPDATE:
    Alternate fingerprinting instructions are available, if your nearest fingerprinting location is closed.
    Alternate Fingerprinting Instructions

    Step 3

    Complete the Interview Request Form (below)
    and the Interview Process.

    interview request form 

    If a date is not available that you can attend an interview, please keep checking back for more dates. Do not complete the form until you are sure you can attend on the date you select.


    The purpose of the interview process is for the Office of Teacher Education staff to gain knowledge of a teacher candidate’s ability to perform in a professional setting, provide insight into the candidate's understanding of the profession, and also giving candidates interview experience. 



    Step 4

    Complete the Disposition Process

    Please submit the:

    Disposition Self-Assessment & Request Form

    You must list two instructors as "raters"; one must be an education content instructor. The PassKey to access the form is OTEDispo21.

    Step 5

    Meet Testing Requirements (ACT, SAT, or Praxis Core):

    1) A superscore of 21 or higher on the ACT

    An ACT superscore is calculated by averaging your highest attempts for each section of the exam. You must select Tennessee Tech University as a score recipient for Tech to receive a copy of your results.
    The ACT recipient code for Tennessee Tech is 4012.

    2) a score 1080 or higher on the SAT

    Reading, Writing & Language, and Math sections only; essay is optional. You must select Tennessee Tech University as a score recipient for Tech to receive a copy of your results.
    The SAT recipient code for Tennessee Tech is 1804.

    3) Submit passing Praxis CORE test scores

    Test Name

    Test Code

    Required Score

    Core Academic Skills for Educators: Reading

    5713

    156

    Core Academic Skills for Educators: Writing

    5723

    162

    Core Academic Skills for Educators: Math

    5733

    150

    The Praxis Core combined exam (5752) is also available, which includes all three sections of the exam (Reading, Writing, and Math).

    You must select Tennessee Tech University as a score recipient for Tech to receive a copy of your results. The Education Testing Service (ETS) recipient code for Tennessee Tech is 1804.

    Learn more about the TEP's test requirements here

    Step 6

    Complete the following course requirements:

    ENGL 1010 and 1020 or equivalent with a C or higher.
    FOED 1820/1822 or equivalent with a B or higher.
    FOED 2011 or equivalent with a B or higher.

    Note: You are exempt form FOED 1820/2011 classes if you had one of the major-based equivalents below:

    For ARED-ARED 2020
    For HEC-HEC 2800
    For AGED-AGED 2120
    For MUED-MUED 1820
    For EXPW-FOED 2011 and EXPW 1021


    If you have any questions concerning the TEP admission process, please contact Ethan Grissom at egrissom@tntech.edu

  • 2+2 Requirements

    Candidates who completed the AST degree through a community college will have completed some requirements previously in order to obtain that degree. Candidates MUST provide documentation (such as an official transcript) that an AST has been awarded and have passing scores on the ACT or Praxis Core. You can find more information on TEP's test requirements here. In order to complete full admission to the TEP, candidates must follow the steps below. 

    • A formal Application for admission to the TEP must be filed once a student has reached 30 or more credit hours excluding ADP course credit.
    • Complete the following course requirements: 
      ENGL 1010 and 1020 or equivalent with a C or higher.
      FOED 1820/1822 or equivalent with a B or higher.
      FOED 2011 or equivalent with a B or higher.  (Equivalents are listed below for each campus.)     
    Chattanooga State- ED 201
    Motlow State- EDU 1010
    Pellissippi State- EDU 2010
    Roane State- EDU 101 (3hrs) or EDU 101 (2hrs) and EDU 223 (1hr)
    • Complete the Interview Process. The purpose of the interview process is for the Office of Teacher Education staff to gain knowledge of a teacher candidate’s ability to perform in a professional setting, provide insight into the candidate's understanding of the profession, and also giving candidates interview experience. The interview process will be completed virtually via Zoom. 2+2 candidates will be receive more information regarding the interview process at a later date.

    • Meet the 2.75 GPA requirement.
    • Please read the Background Check Guide and complete the Background Check Applicant Privacy Rights form (physical/hard copy signature required).
    • Complete the VECHS Background Check Waiver Agreement form (physical/hard copy signature required).
    • Complete the required TTU Background Check and Fingerprinting process through IdentoGO by MorphoTrust USA. This requirement must be completed through the Office of Teacher Education (no exceptions). 

    2+2 Program Deadlines

    March 1
    Intent to participate due in Tk20
    Application for admission to Tennessee Tech
    April 20
    Application for Admission to Teacher Education Program Due
    Background Check Requirements Due

    NOTE: Students MUST be admitted to Tennessee Tech and have a T-Number to complete the Teacher Education application.

    TBA
    2+2 Program Interviews ***More details will come later regarding 2+2 Program Interviews***
    June 15
    Deadline to submit requirements for  full admission to the Teacher Education Program 
    ***Final transcripts with a conferred degree must be received.***
    August 17, 2021
    2+2 Orientation at TTU Main Campus

    If you have any questions concerning the TEP admission process, please contact Ethan Grissom at egrissom@tntech.edu.  

  • Post-Baccalaureate (Graduate) Admission Requirements

    A post-baccalaureate student is someone who already has a bachelor's degree (or higher).

    Please remember, students will not be able to register for or obtain permits for any upper division classes until they are fully admitted to the teacher education program. A prerequisite/test code error will be given during registration if you have not been fully admitted.

    Post-baccalaureates are allowed to take up to 12 undergraduate hours during their first attending semester OR up to 9 graduate hours during their first attending semester without being fully admitted to the program.

    Benchmark Checklist

    Graduate Benchmarks for Student Teaching


    Please be sure to return your signed program contract to Dr. Amanda Roberts, aroberts@tntech.edu, prior to registration.

    However, the application, interview process, and background check are required prior to registration of the first attending semester.

    A post-baccalaureate student will have only one semester to complete all remaining requirements for admission to the Teacher Education program.

    Before you begin this process, please submit the program of study request / transcript analysis request online.

    Please allow a minimum of two weeks for processing after submitting all requirements listed below.

    Notice: all forms require a T-number for completion.

    Program of Study Request

    All students (including non-degree seeking) who are pursuing teacher licensure must be fully admitted to the teacher education program.

    Step 1

    A formal application for admission to the teacher education program must be filed prior to the first semester of attendance.
    (Please complete the Application for Admission first.)

    Step 2

    Complete the required Tech Background Check and Fingerprinting process through identoGO by MorphoTrust USA. This requirement must be completed through the office of teacher education (no exceptions).

    Please review the guide below:

    Background Check Guide

    Complete the background check applicant privacy rights form (physical signature required).

    Complete the VECHS background check waiver agreement  form (physical signature required).

    COVID-19 UPDATE:
    Alternate fingerprinting instructions are available, if your nearest fingerprinting location is closed.
    Alternate Fingerprinting Instructions

    Step 3

    Complete the interview request form and the interview process.

    To schedule an interview, please complete the interview request form. If a date is not available that you can attend, please keep checking back for more dates. Do not complete the form until you are sure you can attend on the date you select.

    In addition to being a benchmark requirement for admission to the teacher education program, the purpose of the interview process is for the office of teacher education staff to gain knowledge of a teacher candidate’s ability to perform in a professional setting while also giving candidates interview experience. The process provides insight into the candidate’s understanding of the profession.

    Step 4

    Complete the Disposition Process

    Please submit the:

    Disposition Self-Assessment & Request Form

    You must list two instructors as "raters"; one must be an education content instructor. The PassKey to access the form is OTEDispo21.

    Step 5

    Submit Testing Requirements

    Post-baccalaureate students who are enrolled with the College of Graduate Studies must have one of the following tests:

    Miller Analogies Test (MAT):
    A minimum score of 372

    Graduate Records Exam (GRE):
    If your verbal score is between 143-150, your quantitative score must be above 141.

    If your quantitative score is between 138-141, your verbal score must be higher than 150.

    A minimum score of 4.0 is required on the writing section.

    Step 6

    Meet the GPA Requirement

    For admission, the Teacher Education Program requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or a 3.0 within the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework. 

    Potential candidates who hold a bachelor's degree, but do not meet the minimum GPA requirements for admission to the Tennessee Tech Teacher Education Program may request an appeal*.
    Please contact Dr. Amanda Roberts, aroberts@tntech.edu, for additional information.

    *This appeal is only for post-baccalaureate candidates who have been denied admission into the program on the basis of not meeting the minimum undergraduate GPA requirement.

  • Occupational License Requirements

    Candidates interested in pursuing the Occupational Licensure Program must be admitted to the Teacher Education Program (TEP). For more information and to view ALL of the Occupational Licensure Program's requirements, please click here

    You must have applied to the university and be fully admitted prior to submitting an application to the TEP.  A student ID, a T number, is required to complete the TEP application and Interview Request form. 

    1. A formal application for Admission to the Teacher Education Program must be submitted prior to the start of your first attending semester. 
    2. Complete the Interview Request form and the interview process. The interview takes place in-person at the Cookeville main campus. The purpose of the interview process is for the Office of Teacher Education staff to gain knowledge of a teacher candidate’s ability to perform in a professional setting, provide insight into a candidate's understanding of the profession, and to also provide candidates interview experience. Candidates should submit the application before the Interview Request form. 

    *Note: Interviews are temporarily being conducted virtually due to the current pandemic.

    Do not complete the form until you are sure you can attend on the interview date/time you select. If there are no dates that align with your availability, please continue to check back for additional dates.

  • Courses Requiring Admission to TEP

 

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