The Special Education additional endorsement is available at both the graduate and the undergraduate level in a flexible, online format. Three areas of endorsement emphasis are available including Mild/Moderate, Comprehensive and Early Childhood Disabilities. Undergraduate courses are listed as 4000-level courses; graduate courses are listed as 5000- or 6000-level courses according to university policy. 

The Special Education endorsement is offered at the following TBR universities:

Austin Peay State University (Comprehensive endorsement only)
East Tennessee State University (all three endorsements)
Middle Tennessee State University (all three endorsements) 
Tennessee State University (all three endorsements)
Tennessee Technological University (all three endorsements)
University of Memphis (all three endorsements)

Credit Hour Requirements:

Mild/Moderate - 24 credit hours
Prepares teachers of students with mild and moderate disabilities. These students can participate in the regular curriculum with appropriate adaptations and support. (K-12)

Comprehensive - 26 credit hours
Prepares teachers of students with severe and multiple disabilities. (K-12)

Early Childhood Disabilities - 26 credit hours
Prepares teachers to work with young children (from birth through age 8) with disabilities and developmental delays. (Pre K-3)

Core Requirements (20 credit hours)

Course Number: TEAS 4001/5001/6001
Course Title: Collaborative Practices, Trends and Issues, and Characteristics of the Exceptional Learner in Special Education
Course Description: Includes special education mandates, LRE; ADA; general education; parents; communities; support services; and characteristics of special learners.
Prerequisites: Teaching certification in any area.
Credit Hours: 4
Notes: Can be taken in conjunction with TEAS 4/5/6003

Course Number: TEAS 4003/5003/6003
Course Title: Assessment Procedures in Special Education
Course Description: Includes characteristics of special learners, assessment and evaluations of exceptional children; includes a one hour practicum or a special classroom project for those currently teaching in a special education setting.
Prerequisites: Teaching certification in any area.
Credit Hours: 3
Notes: Can be taken in conjunction with TEAS 4/5/6001
Course Number: TEAS 4004/5004/6004
Course Title: Applied Behavioral Intervention and Support
Course Description: This course involves the study of modifying student behavior using techniques of applied behavior analysis in a variety of educational settings. Through individual readings, interaction with classmates and group and individual projects, students will increase awareness for options for modifying behavior with a focus on behavioristic interventions. The course includes a 30-hour practicum experience.
Prerequisites: TEAS 4/5/6001, TEAS 4/5/6003
Credit Hours: 4
Notes: Can be taken in conjunction with TEAS 4/5/6005 or 4/5/6007
Course Number: TEAS 4005/5005/6005
Course Title: Reading Methods Across the Curriculum
Course Description: Includes information regarding reading disorders, reading remediation, reading in LRE, reading strategies; includes alternative instructions.
Prerequisites: TEAS 4/5/6001, TEAS 4/5/6003
Credit Hours: 3
Notes: Can be taken in conjunction with TEAS 4/5/6004 or 4/5/6007
Course Number: TEAS 4007/5007/6007
Course Title: Math Methods Across the Curriculum
Course Description: Includes information regarding mathematics thinking, discussion, and instructional projects to explore theory, understand best practices, and design and implement these strategies in mathematics instruction in grades K-8 including diverse populations and exceptional needs individuals.
Prerequisites: TEAS 4/5/6001, TEAS 4/5/6003
Credit Hours: 3
Notes: Can be taken in conjunction with TEAS 4/5/6004 or 4/5/6005
Course Number: TEAS 4006/5006/6006
Course Title: Assistive Technology
Course Description: Includes special adaptations and modifications for exceptional learners; includes technology; includes field study.
Prerequisites: TEAS 4/5/6001, TEAS 4/5/6003
Credit Hours: 3
Notes: Can be taken in conjunction with TEAS 4/5/6008, 4/5/6009 or TEAS 4/5/6011

Concentration Areas
Mild/Moderate 460 (K-12)

Course Number: TEAS 4008/5008/6008
Course Title: Specialized Methods of Instructions and Teaching: Mild - Moderate Students
Course Description: Academic and adaptations for the inclusive setting for teaching students with mild-moderate disabilities; includes a one hour practicum or a special classroom project for those currently teaching in a special education setting.
Prerequisites: TEAS 4/5/6001, TEAS 4/5/6003, TEAS 4/5/6004, TEAS 4/5/6005, TEAS 4/5/6007
Credit Hours: 4

Comprehensive Emphasis (461)

Course Number: TEAS 4009/5009/6009
Course Title: Adaptive P.E. in Special Education
Course Description: Introduction to assessment and methods of physical education.
Prerequisites: TEAS 4/5/6001, TEAS 4/5/6003
Credit Hours: 2
Notes: Can be taken in conjunction with TEAS 4/5/6006

Course Number: TEAS  4010/5010/6010
Course Title: Specialized Methods of Instruction and Teaching: Comprehensive
Course Description: Includes systematic instruction for persons with comprehensive disability; teaching students with /severe emotional and behavioral problems; methods of teaching life skills and transitions; medical issues; a one hour practicum or a special classroom project for those currently teaching in a special education setting.
Prerequisites: TEAS 4/5/6001, TEAS 4/5/6003, TEAS 4/5/6000,TEAS 4/5/6005, TEAS 4/5/6006, TEAS 4/5/6007, TEAS 4/5/6009
Credit Hours: 4

Early Childhood Disabilities Emphasis (465)

Course Number: TEAS 4011/5011/6011
Course Title: Characteristics and Assessment of Infants and Toddler
Course Description: Includes child growth typical and atypical development; characteristics of developmental disabilities; prenatal; medical issues; assessments.
Prerequisites: TEAS 4/5/6001, TEAS 4/5/6003
Credit Hours: 2
Notes: Can be taken in conjunction with TEAS 4/5/6006

Course Number: TEAS 4012/5012/6012
Course Title: Specialized Methods of Instruction: Early Childhood Special Education: (ECSE)
Course Description: Includes information regarding the methods of instructing Infants and toddlers; early intervention strategies; parenting; a one hour practicum or a special classroom project for those currently teaching in a special education setting.
Prerequisites: TEAS 4/5/6001, TEAS 4/5/6003, TEAS 4/5/6004, TEAS 4/5/6005, TEAS 4/5/6006, TEAS 4/5/6007, TEAS 4/5/6011
Credit Hours: 4

Practicum

  • Students enrolling in a course which includes a practicum can expect to spend 30 hours in a classroom with special needs students in the emphasis area in which the student is seeking the additional teaching endorsement.
  • Students may not enroll in two practicum courses during the same semester.
  • Faculty teaching practicum courses will partner with the students' school district to make sure that students are placed in the correct practicum for their concentration area.

Praxis Exam Exit Requirements:   

Endorsement Exit Requirements
Special Education Modified K-12 #460

Test #0543 Special Education: Core Knowledge & Mild to Moderate Applications

Test #5203 Teaching Reading Elementary Education

Special Education Comprehensive K-12 #461

Test #0545 Special Education: Core Knowledge & Severe to Profound Applications

Test #5203 Teaching Reading Elementary Education

Special Education Early Childhood  PreK-3 #459

Test #0354 Special Education: Core Knowledge & Applications

Test #0691 Special Education: Preschool/Early Childhood, effective September 1, 2012

Test #5203 Teaching Reading: Elementary Education

Tennessee licensure/endorsement test information can be accessed at:  www.ets.org/praxis/tn/requirements

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