The Educator Preparation Program (EPP) at Carson-Newman University is fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Each initial licensure area listed below was part of the most recent joint review conducted by CAEP and the Tennessee Department of Education. All candidates for teacher licensure complete practicum experiences in P-12 settings, beginning with the first or second year of study. The program culminates in a semester-long student teaching experience. All programs can be completed in four years.
Licensure areas are as follows:
Early Childhood (PK-3)
Family and Consumer Sciences (5-12)
General Music/Instrumental (K-12)
General Music/Vocal (K-12)
Middle Grades: Language Arts/Social Studies (6-8)
Middle Grades: Mathematics/Science (6-8)
Physical Education (K-12)
Special Education: Comprehensive (K-12)
Special Education: Interventionist (K-8)
Special Education: Interventionist (6-12)
Visual Arts (K-12)
For individuals who do not wish to earn a teaching license, all areas listed above are also available in degree programs without licensure. In addition, our department offers a Human Exceptionalities major, which can be customized to meet prerequisites for admission to graduate programs in Occupational Therapy (OT) or Speech and Language Pathology (SLP).
Information about initial licensure graduate programs can be accessed here. Graduate programs also include two advanced licenses (Reading Specialist and Instructional Leader). Both initial licensure graduate programs and advanced licensure programs were part of the most recent joint review conducted by CAEP and the Tennessee Department of Education.