Teaching & Learning

A Message from the Department Head,
Dr. Marcia Millet

Dr. Marcia Millet

It is a privilege to serve as Department Head in the Department of Teaching and Learning. As an alum and life-long learner, I am committed to paying-it-forward to the next generation of educators. It is my goal to set the Department of Teaching and Learning on a trajectory that will lead to it becoming one of the premier urban teacher preparation programs in the country. I am committed to fostering opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students that will allow them to succeed in life, in the workforce, and in the global community. In keeping with the mission of the college, I am committed “to produce competent and caring facilitators of learning: committed to diversity and success for all.” 

The Department of Teaching and Learning offers programs of study that reflect the latest research and best practices for a deeper learning in teaching. Our undergraduate and graduate programs focus on inquiry-based teaching methodologies, culturally responsive pedagogy, and include extensive clinical and year-long residencies that connect theory, practice, and reflection. The department is committed to strategically recruiting, preparing, and graduating qualified educators who have the knowledge, skills and dispositions to effectively work and serve in urban, rural, and suburban settings. 

My immediate goals include: (1) increasing scholarly research and funded grants with faculty and students, (2) establishing new community partners, (3) providing students with a learning experience that is second to none, (4) supporting and growing the faculty, and (5) creating an inclusive culture and an inviting climate. 

Although we are experiencing some unprecedented times with the onset of COVID-19, the Department of Teaching and Learning is committed to making each and every day a memorable and fecund one. 

Thank you for this exciting opportunity!

Dr. Marcia Millet


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

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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