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Admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP)

Thank you for your interest in the Teacher Education Program! We offer several pathways to teacher licensure to meet our candidates' needs. 

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.

  • All students (including non-degree seeking) who are pursuing teacher licensure must be admitted to the TEP.
  • The requirements for admission to the TEP will differ depending on your admission type.
  • Please be sure to follow the requirements that apply to you in the correct section below. If you are unsure of which requirements to follow, check with your academic advisor. 

  • Admission to TEP 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 102E 

  • Teacher Education & 2+2 Admission Deadlines

    OTE Admission Deadlines: Main Campus / Cookeville

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

    2+2 Program Deadlines: Community College Partners

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

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

  • Main Campus (Undergraduate) & Transfer Students Requirements

    The undergraduate admission process applies to students pursuing a bachelor’s degree and transfer students that received the AS or AAS 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. You can view more information about the TEP's test requirements here. Please follow the steps outlined below for TEP Admission. 

    1. A formal Application for admission to the Teacher Education Program must be filed once a student has reached 30 or more credit hours excluding ADP course credit.
    2. Complete the following course requirements:
      1. ENGL 1010 and 1020 or equivalent with a C or higher.
      2. FOED 1820/1822 or equivalent with a B or higher.
      3. FOED 2011 or equivalent with a B or higher.
        (Note: You are exempt from FOED 1820/2011 classes if you had one of the below major based equivalents)
      4. For ARED-ARED 2020
      5. For HEC-HEC 2800
      6. For AGED-AGED 2120
      7. For MUED-MUED 1820
      8. For EXPW-FOED 2011 and EXPW 1021

    3. Complete the Interview Request Form and 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.

      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.

    4. Please read the Background Check Guide and complete the Background Check Applicant Privacy Rights form (physical/hard copy signature required). 
    5. Complete the VECHS Background Check Waiver Agreement form (physical/hard copy signature required).
    6. 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). 

      COVID-19 UPDATE: Alternate fingerprinting instructions are available if your nearest fingerprinting location is closed. Click HERE to access the alternate fingerprinting instructions.

    7. Dispositions

      A disposition will be flagged for review by the Office of Teacher Education in any of the following cases:
    • A candidate receives a rating of "1" or lower in any area.
    • A candidate receives comments indicating areas of concern or improvement not addressed in any area evaluated on the disposition.

    Main Campus (undergraduate)
    : Candidates will complete the Self-Assessment portion of the disposition as an assignment in Tk20 during FOED 2011 (or an equivalent course). FOED 2011 (or  equivalent course) instructors will complete the corresponding Disposition Assessment.

    Transfer: Candidates will begin by submitting the Self-Assessment and Request Form here. The required Passkey is OTEDispo. The Request Form will require the name and correct working email for one of the following: a content area instructor, education instructor, or an academic advisor. This must be completed at the beginning of candidates' first enrolled semester. Note: OTE will send instructors/advisors a request based on the information candidates provide in the self-assessment.

     

    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. 

    1. 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.
    2. 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 from FOED 1820/2011 classes if you had one of the below major based equivalents)
      For ARED-ARED 2020
      For HEC-HEC 2800
      For AGED-AGED 2120
      For MUED-MUED 1820
      For EXPW-FOED 2011 and EXPW 1021

    3. Complete the Interview Request Form and 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. 

      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.

    4. Please read the Background Check Guide and complete the Background Check Applicant Privacy Rights form (physical/hard copy signature required).
    5. Complete the VECHS Background Check Waiver Agreement form (physical/hard copy signature required).
    6. 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). 
    7. As a coursework requirement during the first semester, a candidate will complete the Self-Assessment portion of the disposition within TK20. The corresponding Disposition Assessment will be completed by the instructor. 
      Note: All other TEP admission requirements must be completed prior to beginning coursework.

      A disposition will be flagged for review by the Office of Teacher Education in any of the following cases:

      -A candidate receives a rating of "1" or lower in any area.
      -A candidate receives comments indicating areas of concern or improvement not addressed in any area evaluated on the disposition.

      COVID-19 UPDATE: Alternate fingerprinting instructions are available if your nearest fingerprinting location is closed. Click HERE to access the alternate fingerprinting instructions.

     

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

  • Post-Baccalaureate Requirements

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

    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 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.

    A formal application for admission to the teacher education program must be filed prior to the first semester of attendance. (please complete this requirement first!)


    Complete the interview request form and the interview process. 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. 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.


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

    Complete the VECHS background check waiver agreement  form (physical signature required). The fingerprinting process must be completed first. Background check results are not released until the office of teacher education submits this form to the TBI.

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

    Background Check Guide

    COVID-19 UPDATE: Alternate fingerprinting instructions are available if your nearest fingerprinting location is closed. Click HERE to access the alternate fingerprinting instructions.


    Dispositions

    Candidates will begin by submitting the Self-Assessment and Request Form here. The required Passkey is OTEDispo. The Request Form will require the name and correct working email for one of the following: a content area instructor, education instructor, or an academic advisor. This must be completed at the beginning of candidates’ first enrolled semester. Note: OTE will send instructors/advisors a request based on the information candidates provide in the self-assessment.

    A disposition will be flagged for review by the Office of Teacher Education in any of the following cases:

    -A candidate receives a rating of "1" or lower in any area.

    -A candidate receives comments indicating areas of concern or improvement not addressed in any area evaluated on the disposition.

     


    Minimum undergraduate established GPA of 2.75 when applying

    Meet testing requirements:

    Post-baccalaureate students who are enrolled with the graduate school must have one of the following tests:

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

    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
    Post-bac admission to teacher education low GPA appeal request.

    The Tennessee Tech Teacher Education Program requires a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.75 or a 3.00 within the last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework for program admission.

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

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


    **All forms including Application for Admissions to the Teacher Education Program, Interview Request Form, Background Check Form, VECHS Waiver Agreement Form, and Disposition Assessment Form are located in the last tab on this page.

  • 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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