Teaching & Learning
A Message from the Department Head,
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 are 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 master and doctoral degrees. The undergraduate licensure degree is a combined program offered by the College of Liberal Arts with junior and senior professional classes being hosted by in this department.
Our Masters of Education (M.Ed.) programs offered by the department include majors in:
- special education,
- elementary education, and
- curriculum & instruction
with six (6) concentrations in:
- reading (licensed teachers only),
- curriculum planning (licensed teachers only),
- secondary school instruction,
- educational technology, and
- teaching non English background (NELB) students, and
The doctoral program offered by the Department of Teaching and Learning includes five (5) concentrations:
- Curriculum Planning,
- Elementary Education,
- Secondary Education, and
- Special Education.
These programs are designed for the in-service educator and the prospective planner and programmer of curriculum.
09 Graduate Student Orientation
11 Faculty/Staff Institute
13 EDTL Faculty Meeting
18 MLK Holiday - Campus Closed
19 First Day of Classes
29 Residency II and Student Teaching Orientation
05 edTPA Task Writing Day I
12 edTPA Task Writing Day II
15 Metro-Council for Teacher Education
19 edTPA Task Writing Day III
26 edTPA Task Writing Days IV
04 Last day to file for Graduation
07 - 13 Midterms
17 edTPA submission deadline
26 Masters Comprehensive Exam
30 Last day to defend thesis/dissertation
30 Admissions to Teacher Education deadline, Fall 2016
Intent to Enter Residency I deadline, Fall 2016
Fall 2016 Student Teaching deadline (graduate students only)
05 TEP Job Fair, College of Education
06 Teacher Recruitment Fair (Nashville Fairgrounds
13 Last day to submit thesis/dissertation to ETD system
28 Last day of class
29 Final Exam (through May 05)
06 Graduate Commencement Ceremony (5PM, Gentry)
07 Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony (9AM, Hale Stadium)
10 Spring 2016 Grades Posted
*For more information about deadlines and applications, please contact your academic advisor OR report to the Department office in Clay 203.
February 2, 2016 - Dr. Ashlee Hover published her research in the EERA Journal of Research in Education (Volume 25, No. 1)
September 8, 2015 - SITES-M and the Department of Educational Leadership present: Transforming Urban Schools: Conversations with Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings on Tuesday, September 29, 2015 (5:30-7:30) at the Avon Williams Campus Auditorium. Registration is available until Friday, September 18, 2015. Click here to register.
July 2, 2015 - TSU named top HBCU producer of teachers (read more)
June 18, 2014 - TSU remains key pipeline to recruit Metro area teachers (read more)