2017-2018 Graduate Catalog 
    Jan 28, 2021  
2017-2018 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Education Major, PhD – Special Education, Deaf Education, and Interpreter Education Concentration

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Education Major, PhD

Students in the PhD concentrations share a common set of course requirements with graduate credit hours required as shown below. Doctoral committees may require students to take additional hours to fulfill degree requirements.

1 Research Area Credit hours 15
2 Core Requirements 12
Concentration/Specialization 15
Cognate 6
Dissertation 24

1 Must include TPTE 640  (3)

2 Seminar in each of the three department primary concentrations (TPTE 617 , REED 602 , SPED 601 /EDDE 601 , or other course from each of the three departmental PhD concentrations as approved by doctoral committee) (9); TPTE 604  (1), TPTE 605  (1), TPTE 612  (minimum of 1).

Note: Please contact the academic department for additional information on course requirements in each of these areas.


Students must submit to the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, an online graduate application to the Office of Graduate Admissions. Students must also submit the Theory and Practice in Teacher Education Departmental Application for Graduate Study. Applicants must submit verbal, quantitative, and analytic writing GRE scores that are equal to or higher than the 50th percentile, based on the norms in effect at the time the test was taken. An applicant with either a verbal or quantitative subtest score that is less than the 50th percentile will be expected to submit a proportionally higher, off-setting second subtest score. For details see: http://www.ets.org/gre/.

Three letters of reference from those who know of the candidate’s record and promise are required. An overall GPA of 3.3 in previous graduate study is required for admission to doctoral study and an interview with the faculty may be required. Admissions decisions are made on a holistic basis to discern the candidate’s promise for doctoral study and to ascertain the match of the candidate’s educational goals with the resources and goals of the department.

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