Tennessee Teaching Degrees & Programs

With more than 40 teaching schools in the state, Tennessee students have an excellent choice in teaching programs designed to provide them with certification and licenses as teachers.

Below is an overview of a few of the many colleges and universities along with some of the top teaching programs.

Bachelor’s in Education Degrees in TN

Austin Peay State University offers bachelor degree programs in various areas, including early childhood (preK-3); elementary grades (K-6); middle grades (4-8); special education (K-12); art (K-12); music (K-12); and health & human performance (K-12). APSU also has 4-year secondary licensure programs to teach grades 7-12 in areas like biology, English, Spanish, German, chemistry, and French to name just a few.

Undergraduate programs in elementary education, secondary education, special education and early childhood education are all offered at Vanderbilt Peabody College, Tennessee State University and University of Tennessee – Chattanooga. These 4-year programs prepare students for initial licensure. VPC also offers majors in human and organizational development and cognitive studies while programs in physical education or agriculture can be found at TSU.

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Master’s in Education Degrees in TN

The Master of Arts in Education program at Austin Peay State University offers a concentration in special education and specializations in instructional technology, advanced studies, reading, mathematics, and educational leadership. APSU also has a M.A.T. program that includes concentrations in PreK-3 education, elementary education, middle grades education, secondary education and special education. This program is for bachelor degree holders who do not have a teaching license.

Tennessee State University offers master degree programs in curriculum & instruction; elementary education; and special education. The C&I program offers concentrations in curriculum planning; secondary school instruction; reading specialist; educational technology; and teaching non-English background students. University of Tennessee – Chattanooga also offers master degree programs in counseling, elementary education, reading specialist, school leadership, secondary education and special education.

Vanderbilt Peabody University has unique options for graduate programs including a fifth year master’s program and an early start program. Both of these options allow students to get a jump start on their master degrees and earn them in one year. VPU also has a dual-degree M.D./M.Ed. program that allows the student to earn both degrees in five years.

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Online Teaching Degrees in Tennessee

Austin Peay State University offers the following options through online education: transitional licensure program, special education, math and English as second language endorsements; reading specialist (preK-12) and music education master degree programs; and individual online courses. Online baccalaureate licensure programs in math; English as a second language; and special education are offered at East Tennessee State University.

ETSU also offers several online master degree programs in areas like early childhood education, education, educational media and educational technology, educational leadership and special education; various program concentrations are also offered online. UT at Chattanooga offers an online master degree program in elementary education. Tennessee State University offers online teaching endorsements and online transitional licensure programs.

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TN Teacher Certification & Specializations

Austin Peay State University has an education specialist certification program with concentrations in administration and supervision, elementary education and secondary education. There are also seven licensure programs and more than a dozen secondary licensure programs offered at APSU. East Tennessee State University offers certification programs in teacher education at multiple levels and early childhood education.

Tennessee State University offers certification programs in art education, agri-science, French, geography, mathematics, speech and history, among others. Tennessee State University also offers endorsements in special education, math, and English as a second language.

All Accredited Teaching Schools in Tennessee

Featured online teaching schools currently accepting applicants from Tennessee
The following teaching degree programs are online, but are accepting applications from Tennessee residents. We recommend that you contact 4 or more teaching programs to get more information on the multiple programs, then weigh your options and figure out which would be best for you.

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Campus based teaching schools in Tennessee

Austin Peay State University
NCATE Accredited Institution

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Belmont University
NCATE Accredited Institution

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Carson-Newman University
NCATE Accredited Institution

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Christian Brothers University
NCATE Accredited Institution

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Cumberland University
NCATE Accredited Institution

TN 

NCATE Accredited Institution


Johnson City, TN 

Freed-Hardeman University
NCATE Accredited Institution

TN 

NCATE Accredited Institution


Cleveland, TN 

LeMoyne-Owen College
NCATE Accredited Institution

TN 

Lincoln Memorial University
NCATE Accredited Institution

TN 

Lipscomb University
NCATE Accredited Institution

TN 

Middle Tennessee State University
NCATE Accredited Institution

TN 

NCATE Accredited Institution


Milligan College, TN 

Southern Adventist University
NCATE Accredited Institution

TN 

Tennessee State University
NCATE Accredited Institution

TN 

Tennessee Technological University
NCATE Accredited Institution

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The University of Memphis
NCATE Accredited Institution

TN 

The University of Tennessee
NCATE Accredited Institution

TN 

NCATE Accredited Institution


Nashville, TN 

Union University
NCATE Accredited Institution

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University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
NCATE Accredited Institution

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University of Tennessee at Martin
NCATE Accredited Institution

TN 

Vanderbilt University
NCATE Accredited Institution

TN