Jul 21, 2019  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Jeremy Wendt, Interim Chairperson

Departmental Graduate Faculty: James E. Akenson, Holly G. Anthony, Jane Baker, Julie C. Baker, Jason Beach, Kathy Brashears, Amy B. Brown, Amy Callender, George Chitiyo, Helen Dainty, Laura Graves, Martha Howard, Janet K. Isbell, Nancy Kolodziej, David L. Larimore, Oneida L. Martin, Carl W. Owens, Kelly Ramey, Amy Rogers, Deborah Setliff, Sandi J. W. Smith, Julie Stepp, Leslie Suters, F. Leann Taylor, Kristen Trent, Jeremy Wendt, Stephanie Wendt, Lisa Zagumny.


Curriculum and Instruction Web Site

Departmental Overview

The department houses graduate programs at the Master of Arts and Specialist in Education levels in Curriculum and Instruction, with concentrations in Curriculum, Educational Technology, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Library Science (Master’s level only), Music (Master’s level only), Reading, Secondary Education, and Special Education. The program of Instructional Leadership is also housed within the department.

Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Admissions

See individual program links below

Curriculum and Instruction Flight Path

(For current Tennessee Tech students and recent graduates)

Graduate school Flight Path for education majors is the latest innovative way to help you achieve your higher education goals. We have created options to streamline the process. If you meet the following specifications, then you may qualify for an exemption to the entrance exam requirement for our Master’s and Educational Specialist programs:


Curriculum & Instruction Flight Path

1. The MAT/GRE admission requirement for the Curriculum and Instruction Master’s degree will be waived for Tennessee Tech University education majors who have successfully passed EdTPA, Praxis, and teaching license requirements with an overall minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher.

2.The requirements will be confirmed through Office of Teacher Education and Graduate Studies.

3. Flight Path becomes effective with graduates beginning in Spring 2016 in all undergraduate licensure areas. Students who meet requirements may waive the MAT/GRE requirement for up to three years beyond their graduation date.

4. TTU Master’s degree education students who have graduated within three prior years of application with a 3.5 or higher GPA may enroll in a Specialist in Education degree program without recommendation letters or additional MAT/GRE testing.

5. All other applicants must meet graduate catalog departmental admission standards.


Curriculum and Instruction BA/MA Fast Track Program

The Fast Track program is designed to enable TTU College of Education undergraduates to accumulate up to six (6) credit hours of graduate coursework, to satisfy both undergraduate and graduate degree requirements, while still pursuing their undergraduate degree. The coursework would enable an efficient graduate program transition with the potential for accelerated completion. The courses must be taken at Tennessee Tech University.


                          The minimum admission requirements for participating in the C&I Fast Track Program are:


  • Enrolled as a TTU undergraduate Curriculum & Instruction major with at least 90 hours of completed courses within their program of study.
  • Overall GPA of at least 3.25 or better
  • Recommendation from the student’s undergraduate advisor
  • Course approval from C&I graduate faculty or graduate faculty advisor                 


Program participants should consult with their undergraduate and/or future graduate advisor regarding appropriate graduate courses to take and must earn a minimum grade of “B” in the graduate courses in order to apply them to their M.A. program of study. Students who do not succeed in their first graduate course during their senior year (B grade or better) will be advised to withdraw from the Fast Track program and complete their B.S. degree in a normal manner.

Fulfilling the above minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the Fast Track program. Students who meet the above minimum admission requirements must apply to the Department for admission to the Fast Track program. The department’s graduate committee will review the application and make a decision for approval.

In addition to the requirements for admission to the Fast-track BA/MS program, all requirements for admission to the graduate program must also be met upon graduation. Meeting these minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the graduate program.


Master of Arts

Specialist in Education