It is a pleasure to welcome you to the Clemmer College of Education at East Tennessee State University. The mission of the College of Education at ESTU is to educate competent, ethical, and socially responsible professionals who are committed to improving the human condition through enhancing teaching and learning, counseling, physical and mental health, sport science/recreation and leadership. To that end, the Clemmer College of Education has a unique and attractive academic model that consist of six academic departments, a University School, a K-12 laboratory school, three Centers of Excellence (Early Childhood Learning & Development, Mathematics & Science Education and Sport Science & Coach Education), six undergraduate and 16 graduate degree programs that include multiple doctoral programs. The College programs are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP), Tennessee Department of Education, Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Education Programs (CACREP) and the National Association of Sport Physical Education (NASPE).
As Dean for the College, my leadership is grounded in transparency, accountability, mutual trust, integrity and good faith. My vision for the Clemmer College of Education is to continue to be recognized as 1 of the Top Colleges of Education in the State of Tennessee and the United States and to remain an innovative leader while transforming the lives of the students that we serve. My immediate vision and commitment is to prepare highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students through the development, administration, supervision and evaluation of the programs that are offered in the College of Education.
If I can be helpful in any way, please contact the Clemmer College of Education in 319 Warf-Pickel Hall at 423-439-7616 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org .
Terence Hicks, Ph.D., Ed.D.
Dean, Clemmer College of Education
The B. S. in Human Services seeks to educate human service professionals who are self-reflective practitioners, competent care-givers, and community leaders. The Human Services Program curriculum emphasizes the development of human services professionals who will be responsive to contemporary needs and serves as an excellent foundation for students interested in pursuing a master's or doctorate degree in counseling, psychology, speech/language pathology, social work, or other related fields. Please note that a minor is required to complete the degree
The Human Development and Learning minor is designed to provide students with a solid knowledge base in human development through the life span. Students wanting additional exposure to family development, working with groups, or educational psychology have those choices as electives within the minor. The HDAL minor prepares students for entry-level careers or graduate study in a variety of fields such as counseling, school counseling, early childhood education, psychology, education non-licensure programs, criminal justice, social work, and marriage and family therapy.
The Family Studies minor offers students a theoretical and practical understanding of the family as a social institution and a vital social system. The Family Studies minor seeks to prepare students for entry-level careers or graduate study in a variety of fields such as public policy human service, counseling, law and research.
The Master's degree in Counseling has four concentrations: Clinical Mental Health, College Counseling/Student Affairs Higher Education, Couples and Family Therapy, and School Counseling that may lead to national certification or state licensure in School Counseling or licensure as a Professional Counselor or Couples and Family Therapist.
The minor in Educational Foundations is designed to provide an opportunity for students, through the integration of foundational educational knowledge, to become productive and enlightened about the field of education, and to understand the prospects that are available for multi-disciplinary and inter-agency interfacing with the educational community. The objective for the minor in Educational Foundations is to offer a foundational understanding of education to students who do not wish to become teachers, but may pursue careers that interface with the educational system.
For the complete list of programs, please visit the website of the Department of Teaching and Learning.
University School of East Tennessee State University serves a dual function.
The primary function of the school is to help the College of Education at East Tennessee State University achieve its mission of preparing professional educators by:
- Providing university students with opportunities to observe innovative instructional practices;
- Providing university students opportunities to work with and teach K-12 pupils under the direction of skilled mentor teachers;
- Serving as a research laboratory for the advancement of programs and new ideas in the field of education;
- Serving in a leadership role for the educational community.
The second function is to provide a rich and varied curriculum that promotes the continuous academic, social, and emotional growth of each child in grades K-12.
University School and College of Education faculty and administration believe that the two broad functions described above are complementary. When teachers, professors, administrators, and students work collaboratively in the interests of educational excellence, all stakeholders benefit.
Visit the University School website for more information.
Vision, Mission & Goals
The mission of the College of Education at East Tennessee State University is to educate competent, ethical, and socially responsible professionals who are committed to improving the human condition through enhancing teaching and learning, physical and mental health, and leadership. Through research, scholarship, and partnerships with schools and human service organizations, the college is committed to developing effective approaches to address problems and issues in professional fields. Within the context of our mission, the college seeks to promote diversity among students, faculty, and within the curriculum.
The COE goals were last revised in Spring 2002 following faculty approval of recommendations made by a COE Conceptual Framework Committee. They are continuously evaluated in concert with changes in the University Goals for Strategic Planning (most recently the 2000-2005 Goals). The current COE goals are to:
- Assist our students in acquiring and applying knowledge of people, methods, and subject matter for exemplary professional practice by offering quality educational programs,
- Create the necessary conditions, means, and methods for recruitment and retention of a diverse population to meet the changing professional and community needs,
- Provide opportunities for our faculty to expand their knowledge base and to augment their technical and professional skills to serve to the students, the profession, and the community,
- Organize and implement school- and community-partnership ventures to offer the COE's wealth of knowledge and expertise to help improve the educational and social conditions in the region,
- Meet the COE's needs created by the rapid advancement in information, instructional, and adaptive technology, and
- Develop and enhance external sources of support to improve the quality and expand the level of services rendered by the COE.
The College of Education has several different initiatives and endowments that would benefit from your financial contributions. Please click the "Give Now" arrow to be directed to the online giving system of the ETSU Foundation. By selecting the radio button under "Designations," you can specify which area will receive your contribution.
Your gifts are accepted by the East Tennessee State University Foundation, which is the official 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that exists solely to support and advance the objectives of the university. The foundation is a separate legal entity operated as a tax-exempt corporation chartered within the State of Tennessee and is considered a component unit of the university.