Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies

The interdisciplinary studies major (K-5 teacher licensure) is offered to traditional students (residential/commuter) on the campus in Greeneville with fall and spring start dates. It also available through the Adult and Online Studies program via synchronous Zoom with fall, spring, and summer start dates for coursework. Tusculum provides community school placement for clinical field placement and student teaching.

Secondary Education

The secondary education majors (English 6-12) , (Government 6-12) , (History 6-12) , (Mathematics 6-12) are offered on the Greeneville campus for traditional students (residential and commuter). They are also offered in the Adult and Online Studies program through synchronous Zoom. Students have clinical field placements and student teaching in community schools.

Quick Facts

    • Our programs are approved by the Tennessee State Board of Education.
    • Clinical courses provide valuable classroom experience prior to student teaching.
    • Our degrees are affordable, with payment plans available.
    • Classes feature a collaborative instructional atmosphere supportive of all learning styles.
    • Students can complete the program in as little as 24 months (after admission to teacher education).

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

Tusculum confers a Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies – K-5 teaching licensure – and a Bachelor of Arts in secondary education (English 6-12, Government 6-12, History 6-12, Mathematics 6-12, Mathematics 6-10). The university also offers special education (K-8 interventionist and K-12 comprehensive) endorsement. 

All of the programs are available for teacher licensure. The purpose of these majors and professional education programs is to prepare teachers who are committed to excellence in education and who are confident in their abilities to assume leadership as educators and citizens in the communities where they live and work.

To this end, the program continues Tusculum’s focus on the civic and intellectual development of its students, while fostering the skills, knowledge and habits of character vital to those involved in the education of the nation’s next generation of citizens.

The BA program prepares teacher education candidates to teach students in community schools. Along with professional and pedagogical coursework, candidates will have two field placements within their certification levels prior to student teaching.  Elementary (K-5) student teachers will experience a lower and upper elementary placement (K-2, 3-5). Students seeking secondary licensure will gain practice at both middle school and high school levels. Students seeking K-12 licensure will experience an elementary and high school placement. 

Applicants must be admitted into the teacher education program prior to beginning coursework in the program. Teacher education program admission information is available in our academic catalog.  

Dr. Peggy Goodson - Rochelle

Associate Professor of Education
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Meeting our Mission

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Clinical placements and student teaching in community schools provide teaching candidates rich experiential learning.

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The faculty and staff of the Bachelor of Arts program enrich the personal lives of all students by giving them the opportunity to develop and hone their teaching skills and have the confidence to lead their classrooms.

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Professors prepare their students to enter the teaching profession through a rigorous but well-designed program that enables them to successfully lead their classrooms. Candidates in our program are challenged to be lifelong learners and develop creative solutions for situations that are ever-changing. 

Program Success

Many TU graduates have become Teachers of the Year for their districts and regionally.

The Bachelor of Arts in interdisciplinary studies earned an “A” from the National Council on Teacher Quality in 2020 for its preparation of teachers to impart the skill of reading to students. You can read more here.