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University of Tennessee Behavioral Analysis Degree Programs

Master of Education in Educational Psychology, Applied Educational Psychology Concentration

The University of Tennessee appears in our ranking of the Top 20 Online Master’s in Educational Psychology.

The University of Tennessee offers a Master of Education in Educational Psychology with an Applied Educational Psychology Concentration that is available completely online. The program is offered in a synchronous method which requires students to be online at designated times during the evening. The degree is 37 credit hours with no thesis, although a comprehensive examination is required. Of those credits, 24 are core courses and 12 are in the concentration. The Applied Educational Psychology concentration focuses on concepts, principles, techniques, and models used to facilitate learning in learners of all ages. It covers traditional themes in human development, learning principles, assessment, and intervention. Courses required for the program include:

  • Adult Learning and Social Context
  • Assessment and Testing in Counseling
  • Facilitating Adult Learning
  • Facilitating Change in Educational Environments
  • Introduction to Educational Research
  • IT Course Approved by Advisor
  • Meeting Needs of Nontraditional and Underachieving Learners
  • Motivation in Learning
  • Psychological Theories of Human Development Applied to Education
  • Survey of Educational Psychology
  • Theories of Learning in Applied Educational Psychology

Master of Science in School Counseling

The Master of Science in School Counseling prepares students to become professional counselors in a school setting. Students gain an understanding of leadership using a data-driven comprehensive. The program is offered on campus although some courses required may be taken in an online format. Students gain an understanding of therapeutic relationships that are culturally sensitive, developmentally appropriate and designed to heal. They are able to demonstrate professional dispositions and be culturally sensitive, advocating for themselves, clients and the profession through intervention, programming and community engagement. Courses required include:

  • Assessment and Testing in Counseling
  • Career Development: Vocational Theory, Research and Practice
  • Classroom Management
  • Counseling Children and Adolescents
  • Critical Issues in Counseling
  • Cross-Cultural Counseling: Theory and Research
  • Educational Research Methods
  • Foundations in School Counseling
  • Group Dynamics and Methods
  • Orientation to Counseling and Ethics
  • Psychopathology in School and Mental Health Settings
  • Skills for Counseling
  • Theory and Practice of Counseling

Students must also complete a practicum.

About University of Tennessee

The University of Tennessee began as Blount College in 1794 in Knoxville, named for Tennessee’s first governor, William Blount. The school was open to students from all denominations, unusual for the time period and it initially began with a small student body. James White, the founder of Knoxville, provided a building and tuition was just $8 a session. In 1807, the school was renamed East Tennessee College but when Rev. Samuel Carrick, the president of the school, died in 1809, the financially unstable college closed for several years.

In 1820, Rev. David Sherman took over as president when the school reopened with better financial footing. The school purchased 40 acres west of Knoxville on what became known as “The Hill.” Over the next decade, the school grew dramatically and, in 1840, it was renamed East Tennessee University.

During the Civil War, like many southern institutes of higher learning, East Tennessee University was ravaged. After the war, President Ulysses S. Grant vetoed a bill that would have provided $18,500 in repair funding but later approved a revised version. In 1862, however, with the passage of the Morrill Act, fortunes changed when the school had the opportunity to become a land-grant institution. Under the Morrill Act, federal lands and funds were allocated to any school agreeing to teach agricultural and mechanical subjects. The institutions were also required to provide military training. Complications resulting from the Civil War delayed the designation of the school as a land-grant institution until 1869 when it was renamed the University of Tennessee and programs were added to meet the Act’s requirements.

The University continued to grow, even during the Great Depression due to citizen support. Additional campuses were added in Memphis, Martin, and Nashville. During World War II, the University hosted several military training programs.

Today, the University of Tennessee is a highly-regarded research institution and is ranked highly by the Carnegie Classification of Institutes of Higher Education.

University of Tennessee Accreditation Details

Since 1897, the University of Tennessee is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Accreditation indicates that the University has the resources necessary to achieve their goals and objectives. It also indicates that students may apply for and receive federal financial assistance. The University is periodically reviewed by the accrediting agency and agrees to address any areas identified as needing improvement as soon as possible. In addition, the following agencies accredit various programs throughout the University:

  • ABET
  • Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communication
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Library Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • American Society of Landscape Architects
  • American Veterinary Medical Association
  • Association for Accreditation of Collegiate Schools of Business
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs
  • Council for Interior Design Education
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
  • Council for Social Work Education
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Programs
  • Council on Education for Public Health
  • National Accrediting Agency for Laboratory Personnel
  • National Architectural Accrediting Board
  • National Association of School Psychologists
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre
  • National Recreation and Park Association
  • Society of American Foresters

University of Tennessee Application Requirements

Students who wish to enter the Master of Education in Educational Psychology program must complete an application for admission. They must provide an official resume, letter of introduction and provide official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended. A writing sample and three rating forms are also required. Students must provide a statement of goals as well.

Students who wish to enter the Master of Science in School Counseling must complete an application, provide official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended as well as a letter of introduction. They must submit a writing sample, three rating forms, and a goal statement. Official GRE scores must be submitted along with case vignettes and a Thinking about Treatment Essay. Information regarding the case vignette and essay are provided during the application process.

University of Tennessee Tuition & Financial Aid

Undergraduate full-time tuition at the University of Tennessee is $13,006 for Tennessee residents and $31,426 for out-of-state residents per year. Full-time graduate tuition for in-state residents is $13,120 per year and $31,538 for out-of-state residents. Online undergraduate tuition for full-time study is $12,524 for in-state students and $14,324 for out-of-state students. Graduate online tuition is $12,322 for in-state and $13,672 for out-of-state for full-time study per year.

Financial aid is available and students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to qualify. Aid may be offered in the form of grants, scholarships or loans. Graduate students may be offered assistantships or fellowships to offset the cost of tuition.

The University of Tennessee is proud of their humble beginnings as the first public university chartered west of the Appalachian Divide and the fact that it serves the state by educating citizens, enhancing culture and making a difference in the lives of many through research and service.