Erin Brock | 423.869.6280
"I spent years working in a bank. Now I'm getting to do what I always wanted to do--teach. I wish that I would have worried less about having money and more about having career that I love and respect."
--Vivian West, student
Post-Bac Teacher Licensure
To inquire about this program:
Erin Brock| 1.800.325.0900, ext 6405 | postbac@LMUnet.edu
Departmental web site
LMU's Post-Baccalaureate Teacher Licensure Program (Post-Bac) is a certification program leading to the initial teaching license in Tennessee. Specifically designed for working adults with a college degree, LMU's program offers an ideal alternative approach to teacher education for people who want to become elementary or secondary school teachers.
LMU's faculty is a team of experienced educators who bring to the classroom the practical knowledge and expertise that come from years as teachers and administrators in public schools. They also have extensive experience with educational practices in other countries, which lends classes a broader perspective.
The program is constantly updated to meet the changing needs of both our students and our public schools.
The areas of accelerated licensure include:
- Business Education
- Elementary K-6
- Physical Education
- Secondary Mathematics
- Visual Arts
The program is a cohort program with a new class starting each fall.
Program Admission and Exit Requirements
-Admission to Program
- Program Application
- Qualifying Test Scores - ACT (22), SAT (1020), GRE ( Verbal – 370, Quantitative 410) or PPST (Writing - 173 , Reading – 174, Math - 173)
- University Transcript documenting 2.5 GPA in Baccalaureate Degree
- Tennessee Bureau of Investigation Background Check
- Provisional Admission Meeting With Advisor
-Admission to Clinical Practice – Student Teaching
- Praxis II Test Scores – Principles of Learning and Teaching & all Required Subject Area Tests
- University Transcripts Documenting all Required Coursework Completed as Outlined in the Candidate’s Individual Program of Study (Minimum GPA of 3.0)
- Successfully Complete all Requirements for Enhanced Student Teaching – EDUC 591 (Two Placements – 16 Weeks Total)
- Pass the Oral Presentation and Defense of Institutional Standards and Professional Teaching Standards
- Exit Interview
- Exit Survey
Students in the program complete at least 18 semester hours of graduate coursework--two semesters of the professional core and one semester (16 weeks) of full-time student teaching. Courses during the first two semesters are held two Saturdays a month.
Post-Bac Professional Education Core
Intro to the Teacher Leader
Extending & Refining Knowledge & Leadership
Enhanced Student Teaching
Students interested in seeking K-6 elementary education licensure are required to take the following interdisciplinary studies courses in addition to the professional education core.
|Interdisciplinary Studies in
Human Learning and Development
Early Childhood/Child & Adoloscent Development
Math Teaching Concepts
Instructional Reading, Diagnosis and Correction
Integrated Language Arts in K-6
Integrated Social Studies
|TOTAL REQUIRED HOURS||36|
*All coursework and required testing must be completed prior to student teaching. All coursework must be taken at Lincoln Memorial University - Knoxville, Kingsport or Harrogate.
Students pursuing a secondary certification may have to take additional undergraduate courses to attain the knowledge required for their chosen area.
All student teachers in the program are required to complete one semester of full-time student teaching in a public school classroom. In recent years, our student teachers have taught in school districts throughout eastern Tennessee and in Virginia, Kentucky, and northern Georgia.
LMU's program graduates are highly sought after by school districts in Tennessee, Georgia, Virginia and Kentucky.
Graduate & Professional Opportunities
Since classes in the program are graduate-level courses, the Department of Graduate Education offers Post-Bac students the opportunity to earn a master's degree in education (in curriculum and instruction) by taking only five additional master's level courses.
Many students also continue their graduate studies at LMU and receive their post-master's Educational Specialist (EdS) degree.
Clubs & Organizations
Students in the program are eligible to join the Tennessee Teacher Education Association, the state's largest professional educators organization.