College of Education

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Our students have personal and professional goals focused on entering fields synonymous with empathy, support, and improving the lives of others. With your continued confidence in and generosity to these invaluable programs – highly qualified emerging educators, researchers, counselors, and allied health professionals will flourish.

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College of Education
Tennessee Tech
Campus Box 5046 | Cookeville, TN 38505
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Department & Program Summaries

  • College of Education Foundation

    Our foundation supports and supplements programs, activities, and opportunities for students in the College of Education.

  • Child Development Laboratory

    Serving children from birth to kindergarten, the CDL offers research-based early childhood learning experiences and skills development. A current focus is continuing the development of the natural play scape area.

    The children are free to be hands-on, create, and engage in motor development, social interaction, and confident exploration. There are 200+ children on a waiting list to attend the program.

    More About CDL

  • Debbie McCormick Praxis Exam Fund

    The McCormick Praxis Exam Fund directly supports teacher candidates by covering fees for required professional exams. Praxis exams cost between $100-$150 per test; some candidates take up to five tests, depending on their program. 

    Some candidates experience extreme financial hardships and prolong their programs by putting off their exams. Directly help these students get started on their careers.

    More About the Praxis Fund

  • Department of Counseling & Psychology

    The Counseling & Psychology Fund supports student-centered activities from student travel to professional conferences for presentations, research projects, and internship/job fairs.

    We also provide “loaner” laptops to students without access and outstanding student awards.

    Jessica A. Kelley Memorial Scholarship Fund
    Provides scholarships for students pursuing careers in counseling children.

    Counseling & Psychology

  • Department of Curriculum & Instruction

    The department allocates funds to a variety of programs and initiatives prioritizing funds that directly impact students.

    Long-term goals are to 1) update classroom technology; 2) fund more scholarships specific to high-need areas including special education, English as a Second Language, and STEM education; 3) offer support for students to attend conferences and professional development opportunities.

    Curriculum & Instruction

  • Department of Exercise Science

    In addition to support needed for student scholarships, contributions for technology-related items directly impact our students' pre-professional experiences.

    Those resources include software and/or licenses related to assessment, fitness, teaching, and research (i.e. class set of iPads, individualized heart rate monitors, hands-on support materials, etc.).

    Exercise Science

  • Education Foundation Scholarships

    The College of Education offers scholarships annually of varying amounts to undergraduate and graduate students. Though the scholarship awards are of great assistance to our students, it is our hope to grow existing funds and increase the individual monetary amounts awarded to students.

  • Elinor Ross CDF Freedom School

    The annual Elinor Ross CDF Freedom School, in June/July, a Children's Defense Fund initiative, is a free, six-week literacy and cultural enrichment program for children in 1st to 5th grade. 

    The kids engage in an exciting immersion program of reading/literacy, enrichment activities, field trips, and family events.

    About the Ross CDF Freedom School

    The Elinor Ross CDF Freedom School is directed by Associate Professor Amber Spears, Ph.D., Department of Curriculum & Instruction and hosted by Tennessee Tech.

  • Exceptional Learning Ph.D.

    Exceptional Learning doctoral candidates focus on the characteristics, strengths, and educational needs of individuals and groups whose learning potential and opportunities for success are frequently unrealized.

    Contributions to the program are used to support student research and travel to present at conferences and symposia, offer seminars and workshops, and provide supplemental tuition and subsistence support for qualified students.

    About the Exceptional Learning Doctoral Program

  • Jessica A. Kelley Memorial Scholarship Endowment

    Jessica A. Kelley Memorial Scholarship

    • Must be a regularly admitted or current student in good standing in accordance with current institutional policies;
    • Must be majoring in psychology with a preference in child counseling; Must be junior or senior classification;
    • Must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher;
    • Must have a recommendation letter from a member of the department.
    • This scholarship is renewable for up to one additional year for junior status students if the criteria continue to be met.

    The Department of Counseling and Psychology annually hosts the Duck Day Fundraiser in support of the Kelley Memorial Scholarship.

  • P-16 Partnership Fund

    The P-16 Partnership is a collaboration with local public schools and community groups led by the College of Education that began in the 2018-2019 academic year. Funds support initiatives and programs to bolster partnerships between local schools and the College of Education.

    The partnership includes Tennessee Tech students serving as mentors to local school students, a guest speaker series, professional development for pre- and in-service teachers as well as community members, and more.

    About the P-16 Partnership

  • Student Teaching Abroad Program

    Student teachers are immersed in another culture while gaining real-world teaching experience through an 8-week cultural immersion excursion in one of 18 countries.

    Funds donated to this effort are used to offset student application fees ($1,200) and housing accommodations while abroad (costs vary by country); airfare is provided by Tech's Study Abroad office.


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