Teaching & Learning

A Message from the Department Head,
Dr. Clara Young

Dr. Clara Young-White

Welcome to the Department of Teaching and Learning!  Our programs support the mission of the University and conceptual framework of the college -- "To produce competent and caring facilitators of learning; committed to diversity and the success for all."

The department defines competent teachers as persons who are knowledgeable in a wide variety of areas and are effective with their students. Caring teachers are people who demonstrate their values through their treatment of others, their care for the world around them, and the care with which they support the intellectual, emotional, and spiritual lives of their students.

Facilitators of learning are teachers who create classroom environments that make learning as accessible as possible for all students. Finally, teachers committed to diversity and the success for all respond to the educational needs of various groups by planning and delivering a culturally rich curriculum, using differentiated instruction that is based on the awareness of learner backgrounds and knowledge about how culture influences growth and development as well as how it influences cognitive learning styles.

At advanced levels, the department prepares educators who can both discover and apply new knowledge in an increasingly global community and who are able to provide leadership roles for local, regional and state education agencies. Our graduates create classrooms that are warm, learner-centered, and culturally-rich places for nurturing and expanding the young minds in their care.

Providing Professional Education for Teachers

The Department of Teaching and Learning provides professional education for teachers.  The Department offers undergraduate, masters, and doctoral degrees.

The undergraduate licensure programs offered by the department include majors in:

  • early childhood education, and 
  • elementary education

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Our Masters of Education (M.Ed.) programs offered by the department include majors in:

  • Curriculum & Instruction,
  • Elementary Education, and
  • Interventionist (K-12)

with six (6) concentrations in:

  • Curriculum Planning (licensed teachers only)
  • Educational Technology,
  • Literacy (for reading specialist endorsement - licensed teachers only),
  • Music
  • Secondary School Instruction (K-12 and single-subject (7-12) areas), and
  • Teaching English Language Learners (TELL)

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The doctoral program offered by the Department of Teaching and Learning include one concentration with an emphasis on:

  • Foundations & Curriculum

These programs are designed for the in-service educator and the prospective planner and programmer of a curriculum.
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Teaching and Learning Department Overview

The Department of Teaching & Learning is housed on the park-like, 450-acre Main Campus of Tennessee State University on the second (2nd) floor of Clay Hall. The Department, located within the College of Education, shares additional research and computer laboratory space with other departments in a number of other buildings on campus. Library facilities are close to Clay Hall, as are the bookstore and other resources

With expanding opportunities for online, hybrid, weekend, and evening courses housed within Nashville's only public university, TSU's Department of Psychology is the convenient, affordable, and flexible choice for working students and professionals seeking educational advancement in education and related fields.

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Teacher preparation programs for undergraduate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and related professionals are accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation.
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education