College of Graduate Studies

Specialist in Education - Ed.S.

College of Education


Curriculum and Instruction

  • Admission Requirements

    SPECIALIST IN EDUCATION DEGREE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    An earned master's degree from an accredited institution is required for admission to the Ed.S. program. The student seeking admission should have had previous experience appropriate to the proposed areas of specialization.

    NEW!!! FLIGHT PATH ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS:

    1. Students who have graduated with a Master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction may enroll in an Ed.S. degree program without additional MAT/GRE testing or recommendation letters for a period of three years after the degree has been received.  The students must have a minimum Master's GPA of 3.5 or higher.

    REQUIREMENTS:

    1. An overall quality point average of 3.5 earned in a master's degree program from an accredited institution.
    2. A score range of 388-395 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) (raw score of 37 on tests taken prior to October 2004) or satisfactory scores on the GRE® General Test (GRE) as listed below:
      * Exceed 150 on Verbal Reasoning and score 138 or above on the Quantitative Reasoning AND a score of 4.0 or above is required on Analytical Writing 
      OR 
      *Exceed 141 on Quantitative Reasoning and score 143 or above on Verbal Reasoning AND a score of 4.0 or above is required on Analytical Writing.
    3. Three (3) letters of recommendation for graduate study from faculty members or other persons who have adequate knowledge of the applicant's professional qualities.
    4. International applicants must also meet the English Language Requirement by providing FLS Level 9 and test results on one (1) of the following:
      • TOEFL - minimum IBT of 71 (FLS not required with TOEFL)
      • IELTS - minimum score of 6.0
      • PTE Academic - minimum score of 48

    A student may be admitted to provisional standing with an earned master's degree from an accredited institution with a 3.00 quality point average and a score range of 380-387 on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) (raw score of 31 on tests taken prior to October 2004). To advance from provisional to full admission, a student must earn a minimum 3.5 QPA on the first nine (9) hours of graduate study including six (6) hours in the major area. More information on the Miller Analogies Test may be found at www.milleranalogies.com.

Counseling and Psychology

  • Admission Requirements

    SPECIALIST IN EDUCATION DEGREE ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

    An earned master's degree from an accredited institution is required for admission to the Ed.S. program. The student seeking admission should have had previous experience appropriate to the proposed areas of specialization.

    REQUIREMENTS:

    1. A Master’s degree from an accredited institution.
    2. Satisfactory graduate grade point average of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.
    3. Enough graduate training in psychology to do advanced graduate work in the chosen concentration.
    4. Three acceptable letters of recommendation for graduate study from faculty members or other persons who have adequate knowledge of the applicant’s professional qualities or potential for success as a graduate student.
    5. A score of 400 (old format) or 146 (new format) on the verbal portion, a 4.0 score on the analytical writing portion, and a preferred score of 400 (old format) or 140 (new format) quantitative portions of the General Record Examination (GRE).

    Satisfying minimal standards, however, does not guarantee your admission. Admission decisions are based on departmental review, using a combination of factors, including an interview to evaluate relevant dispositions for professionals in the chosen concentration.

    Students may be admitted with provisional status if they do not meet all of the criteria above but do meet the minimum requirements of the graduate school and are approved for provisional status by the departmental admissions committee. Provisional status will limit students to a maximum of nine hours before the departmental admissions committee makes a recommendation for full admission. To advance from provisional to full admission a student must earn a 3.0 GPA on the nine semester hours of graduate study in the concentration and be approved by the departmental admissions committee.

    More information on the Miller Analogies Test may be found at www.milleranalogies.com.

    Evidence of English Language Proficiency

    All applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to submit evidence of proficiency in English equivalent to level 9 in FLS.

Instructional Leadership

  • Admission Requirements

    ADMISSION PROCESS FOR TENNESSEE TECH'S INITIAL LICENSE INSL PROGRAM

    1. A valid TN teaching license and three (3) years teaching experience required
    2. Successfully complete admission process for Tennessee Tech Graduate School
    3. Receive notification from Tennessee Tech Graduate School indicating full admission status and assignment of a T#
    4. Complete Declaration of Intent for INSL Program
    5. Complete Request for Disposition Assessments for INSL Program (INSL candidates do not need to submit three (3) letters of recommendation to the Graduate School)
    6. Receive notification from Tennessee Tech INSL Program unit indicating status of Intent
    7. Schedule INSL Program Interview and prepare INSL Program Portfolio to bring to Interview

    PORTFOLIO CONTENTS

    • Copy of TN State Department of Education Educators License Information page located at the following address: https://tdoe.tncompass.org/Public/Search
    • Copy of most recent LEA Performance Appraisal Record
    • Copy of current Professional Development Plan (PD Plan/Future Growth Plan)
    • Copy of Experience Verification Form (signed by the appropriate LEA personnel)
    • Evidence of your ability to improve student achievement and of leadership demonstrated in coaching other teachers to raise student achievement (assessment scores, performance appraisals, etc.)
    • Letter (on system letterhead) from Director of LEA, or his/her designee, indicating support for the completion of all field experiences, internship, and culminating action research project required for the completion of the INSL program.

    ED.S. (ESIL) ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE Tennessee Tech GRADUATE SCHOOL

    • Satisfactory test scores on either the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) (380 minimum for provisional standing and 388 minimum for full standing) or the GRE®General Test (GRE): Exceed 150 on Verbal Reasoning and score 138 or above on Quantitative Reasoning AND a score of 4.0 or above is required on Analytical Writing. -OR- Exceed 141 on Quantitative Reasoning and score 143 or above on Verbal Reasoning AND a score of 4.0 or above is required on Analytical Writing.
    • Official transcripts from your bachelor's and master's institutions and any other institutions attended
    • Grade Point Average on Master's degree of at least 3.5
    • Four (4) satisfactory disposition assessments submitted to the INSL database

    Degree Program Completion: Requires submission of passing score on State Licensing Exam for TN Learning Centered Leadership System.

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