Initial Teacher Licensure Undergraduate

To inquire about this program:
Sylvia Lynch| 423.869.6372 |
Chair, Department of Undergraduate Education

Becoming a teacher is a challenging process, but LMU's Teacher Education Program will give you the guidance, support, and knowledge you need to become the teacher you want to be. As a graduate of our program, you will belong to a tradition of great teachers. For more than one hundred years, LMU has provided public schools with teachers who embody the highest standards of quality and professionalism.

Conceptual Framework (PDF)

Degree Offered

Bachelor of Arts (BA) or Bachelor of Science (BS) (depending on subject/content area of study)

Special Features

This four-year professional program combines academic experiences in the university classroom with real-world practice in PK-12 classrooms.

Our faculty members have had extensive experience as educational practitioners. Their diverse experience gives you the opportunity to learn practical information that can be applied in your own classroom.

Course Information

LMU's undergraduate teacher education program offers courses leading to a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science with initial teacher licensure in: Your preparation begins with general studies courses to establish a knowledge base. It continues through the development of the major and the Professional Education Core, culminating in the Clinical Practice Experience (student teaching).

Your advisor will help you map out an educational plan to suit your particular needs.

Special Education

The Special Education major has been designed to ensure adequate preparation to support professionals teaching students with disabilities through a program of study of professional education, special education core, and comprehensive standards. Students who complete the degree will attain the following skills and competencies:

  • Apply knowledge of instructing students with severe and multiple disabilities ages 5-21;
  • Teach and create learning experiences to develop student competence in subject matter;
  • Know how individual students learn and develop;
  • Create instruction that is adaptive to diverse learners;
  • Develop a broad repertoire of instructional strategies;
  • Create and maintain appropriate learning environments;
  • Be able to effectively use verbal, non-verbal, and media communication techniques;
  • Create instruction plans to enhance learning opportunities;
  • Use formal and informal assessment and be able to evaluate assessment;
  • Become reflective practitioners;
  • Collaborate effectively with colleagues, families, and community.
LMU’s Special Education Comprehensive K-12 Education Program is aligned with the regulations and criteria that govern teacher Education programs by the State of Tennessee, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), and the Council for Exceptional Children (CEC).


Teacher education candidates are placed in PK-12 Partnership Schools. These schools are located in Kentucky, Tennessee, and Virginia.

Graduate & Professional Opportunities

After completing your bachelor's degree, you may choose to continue your education by enrolling in the master of education program housed in LMU's Graduate Department of the Carter & Moyers School of Education.

Clubs & Organizations

Students enrolled in the Teacher Education Program belong to the Student Education Association (SEA), an organization devoted to encouraging professional development, addressing educational issues, and promoting professional ethics and standards.