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Educational Psychology and Counselor Education, M.A. and Ed.S.

Course Description


A primary purpose of the department is to offer strong academic programs in the preparation of counselor education and educational psychology. Graduate programs are offered at both the Master of Arts and Specialist in Education levels in Educational Psychology and Counselor Education, with a number of concentrations available in each of these programs. The degree programs in Educational Psychology and Counselor Education each consist of a counseling concentration, appropriate cognate area, and a research component. Concentrations are available in:
*Agency Counseling (Ed.S. level ony)
*Case Management and Supervision (Master's level only)
*Educational Psychology
*Mental Health Counseling (Master's level only)
*School Counseling
*School Psychology

Graduate Assistantships

Teaching Assistants — A limited number of teaching assistantships may be available that include paid tuition and fees along with a monthly stipend in return for work teaching undergraduates. The responsibilities of teaching assistants include (but are not limited to) assisting faculty with grading, teaching and providing help sessions to students.

Research Assistants — A limited number of research assistantships may be available, contingent upon funding availability. Students with research assistantships are expected to conduct research as directed by the grant and supervising faculty.


Students pursuing graduate study in the Department of Counseling and Psychology can select from among several concentrations that are designed to lead to licensure in the State of Tennessee or that lead to non-licensure degrees.


The Department offers admission to applicants who appear to have the highest potential for graduate study and who have the disposition to be successful in their concentration. The minimum admission requirements are:
1. A bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.
2. Satisfactory undergraduate grade point average, usually a minimum of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale.
3. Enough undergraduate training in psychology to do graduate work in the chosen concentration.
4. Three acceptable letters of recommendation for graduate study from faculty members or other persons who have adequate knowledge of the applicant's professional qualities or potential for success as a graduate student.
5. A score of 400 (old format) or 146 (new format) on the verbal portion, and 400 (old format) or 140 (new format) quantitative portions of the GRE® General Test (GRE) along with a 4.0 score on the analytical writing portion.

Satisfying minimal standards, however, does not guarantee your admission. Admission decisions are based on departmental review, using a combination of factors, including an interview to evaluate dispositions for professionals in the chosen concentration.
Students may be admitted with provisional status if they do not meet all of the criteria above but do meet the minimum requirements of the graduate school and are approved for provisional status by the departmental admissions committee. Provisional status will limit students to a maximum of nine (9) hours before the departmental admissions committee makes a recommendation for full admission. To advance from provisional to full admission a student must earn a 3.0 GPA on the nine (9) semester hours of graduate study in the concentration and be approved by the departmental admissions committee.


All applicants from countries in which the official language is not English are required to submit evidence of proficiency in English equivalent to level 9 in FLS.

Visit the Educational Psychology and Counselor Education, M.A. and Ed.S. page on the Tennessee Technological University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

For all M. A. degree programs there is a core research requirement, including educational statistics, educational research, and either a problems course or a thesis, the hours ranging from six to twelve hours for this research component. At least 70% of the courses taken toward the degree must be at the 6000 level or above. (See Admissions Requirements in Course Description for further detail)International application deadlines: October 1, 2015 for spring (January) 2016 start and May 1, 2016 for fall (August) 2016 start.

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