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2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Early Childhood/Special Education (PreK-3), (MAT)

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The Early Childhood/Special Education-Early Childhood PreK-3 Licensure Program is designed to prepare MAT candidates to work with all young children including children with disabilities and developmental delays (0-8 years) within inclusive, diverse settings.

Admission Requirements

  1. Teacher Education Program – All students must apply for Provisional admission to TEP by the deadline of their first semester of enrollment and fulfill all TEP requirements before the end of that semester. You must have a 3.0 undergraduate gpa to be provisionally admitted to TEP. Full Admission to TEP occurs the semester before you do your clinical teaching semester and requires a 3.25 graduate GPA and all Praxis II exams passed, including the Principles of Learning and Teaching.
  2. Licensure Exams- You will have multiple Praxis II exams to take to be fully licensed, check, click on Praxis and use pulldown menu to find TN required tests.  Everyone must take a Principles of Learning and Teaching Praxis II Exam.
  3. Capstone Degree and Licensure Requirement. All teacher candidates must complete ICL 7993 - Professional Seminar **  to be recommended for licensure and to be awarded the MAT degree.  During ICL 7993  each candidate will complete a nationally scored teacher performance assessment called edTPA.  Candidates must meet the minimum established score on the edTPA.  Failure to do so will result in a delay in your licensure recommendation.  If unsuccessful, the candidate is responsible for resubmitting his/her edTPA, including the cost.  The edTPA replaces the Masters Project.
  4. Candidates must complete all Level One and Level Two courses and must pass all required PRAXIS II exams including the PLT exam prior to enrolling in the ICL 7808 - Clinical Teaching Semester  course and/or ICL 7993 .


For students who have a job embedded position, 6 hrs. of Clinical Teaching are waived.

Graduation Requirements

All graduating candidates enrolled in this MAT program of study must successfully complete:

  • The 39 credit hours listed in the proposed program of study (including the Clinical Teaching Semester and Professional Seminar)
  • Maintain a minimum 3.25 graduate GPA
  • Pass the PRAXIS II Exams (Special Education for Knowledge and Application 5354 with a qualifying score of 151; Special Education Preschool Early Childhood 5691 with a qualifying score of 159; and Teaching Reading Elementary Education 5203 with a qualifying score of 162)

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