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Grow Your Own

Grow Your Own Teacher Licensure Program

 

 

The Grow Your Own program allows you to become a teacher at little to no cost while maintaining your school employment. This is a two or three-year program as it requires you to work in a school full-time as well as complete graduate-level courses. This is an intense program that will require dedication to complete.

Courses for this program are offered 100% online and either in the evenings or asynchronous in order to accommodate work schedules. You will earn your teaching licensure and either a Master’s degree or an EdS degree upon program completion.

To qualify for the Grow Your Own Teacher Apprentice Program, you must meet the following criteria:

  • You must have a Bachelor’s Degree
  • You must be employed by a partnering school district, which must recommend and support your participation in the program. (Examples: Tutor, Teaching Assistant, Paraprofessional)

Program Areas of Grow Your Own Initial Licensure Include:

  • Middle Grades Mathematics
    • Mathematics 6-8 (122) Endorsement
    • Mathematics 6-10 (2002) Endorsement
  • Middle Grades Science
    • Science 6-8 (123) Endorsement
  • Secondary English
    • English 6-12 (159) Endorsement
  • Secondary Mathematics
    • Mathematics 6-12 (125) Endorsement
  • Secondary Science
    • Biology 6-12 (126) Endorsement
    • Chemistry 6-12 (127) Endorsement
    • Earth Science 6-12 (128) Endorsement
    • Physics 6-12 (129) Endorsement
  • Special Education
    • Special Education Interventionist K-8 (144) Endorsement
    • Special Education Interventionist 6-12 (145) Endorsement
    • Special Education Comprehensive Program K-12 (461) Endorsement

 

Additional information regarding the current Grow Your Own Program is available in the video, https://youtu.be/MNIjAgzHE0g.

This presentation also includes frequently asked questions and answers. Click HERE.

 

The window for Grow Your Own Admissions (to start in the Summer or Fall of 2023) will be January 3 – February 28, 2023.

 

Application Process – Please Read!
  • Read all directions before completing this application, and reach out to BeATeacher@utk.edu if you have any questions
  • Complete the application to the UTK GYO Program.
  • Complete your application to the UTK Graduate School.
  • Complete your Apprenticeship Application (as required by the Department of Labor). Due to the required SSN, this form will need to be emailed securely by using the UT Vault-Secure Courier. To submit your Apprenticeship Application please follow these directions:
    • Go to vault.utk.edu
      • If you are a current student or an alumnus of UT – Click Log in with NetID and password.
      • If you are a non-UT user: Click register an email address
        • Under New External Users – Click Register an Email address
        • Enter your Email address and click register. **A verification email will be sent to the address that you provide. You will be prompted to create a password.
      • Once logged in – Complete the Message as follows:
        • From: Your Email Address
        • To: BeATeacher@utk.edu
        • Subject: GYO Apprenticeship Application
        • Message Body: List your First & Last Name
        • Upload your Apprenticeship Application
        • Click Send
  • Monitor your email for communication from the UTK Office of Professional Licensure (BeATeacher@utk.edu). Add this email address to your address book or “safe” list to ensure that emails will be received (and not sent to junk/spam boxes). Given the application deadlines, if we need to contact you for additional information, we ask that you respond quickly.
  • Given the deadlines required by the Department of Education and the Department of Labor, late applications will not be accepted.
  • Complete applications will be reviewed during the month of March. This review will include members of your school district, who will determine if your district will support your participation in this program.
  • Admissions decisions will be emailed to applicants no later than the beginning of April.

 

Application Procedures:

Step 1: Complete the Grow Your Own Application

Please note that this application contains essay questions and a dispositional self-assessment.

The essay questions are as follows:

1) Why do you think that you could become a successful teacher/educator?

2) Why have you chosen to enter this particular field or program area of teaching/education?

3) What experiences have you had with children and/or youth?

 

UT expects that the teacher candidate maintains Professional Competencies, Attitudes, and Dispositions (ProCADs) identified as essential to the teaching profession.  More information on the ProCADs expected of all teacher candidates can be found HERE. As a part of this application, you will complete a self-assessment relating to your professional competencies, attitudes, and dispositions.

After you have planned your essay responses and considered your ProCADS, click here to complete the Grow Your Own Program Application.

Step 2: Apply to the UTK Graduate School

To be admitted to the Grow Your Own Program, you must also be admitted to the UTK Graduate School. To apply, please click here.

Important Notes on Graduate School Application:

  1. You will be applying for a Distance Education program (not a campus-based program)
  2. You will be applying for the following program: College of Health and Human Sciences, Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education, Masters in Teacher Education – Practitioner Concentration.
  3. You will need to follow the directions in the Graduate School application to submit official transcripts of ALL institutions that you have attended.
  4. You will need to complete your application to the Graduate School, but DO NOT pay the Graduate School application fee. If you are accepted into the program, this fee will be paid for you. If you choose to pay this fee, you WILL NOT be reimbursed. The Graduate School will continue to send automated messages about paying the application fee. Please disregard these emails. You will receive additional information from our office on how to complete this step in the process.

Please note that all inquiries regarding Graduate School admission need to be directed to the Graduate School. The Graduate School webpage has directions on how to check the status of your application here. If you need assistance or are having difficulty with your application to the Graduate School, please contact them directly by phone at 865-974-3251 or via this form.

Step 3: Complete your Apprenticeship Application (as required by the Department of Labor)

Complete your Apprenticeship Application (as required by the Department of Labor). Due to the required SSN, this form will need to be emailed securely by using the UT Vault-Secure Courier. To submit your Apprenticeship Application please follow these directions:

  • Go to vault.utk.edu
    • If you are a current student or an alumnus of UT – Click Log in with NetID and password.
    • If you are a non-UT user: Click register an email address
      • Under New External Users – Click Register an Email address
      • Enter your Email address and click register. **A verification email will be sent to the address that you provide. You will be prompted to create a password.
    • Once logged in – Complete the Message as follows:
      • From: Your Email Address
      • To: BeATeacher@utk.edu
      • Subject: GYO Apprenticeship Application
      • Message Body: List your First & Last Name
      • Uplaod your Apprenticeship Application
      • Click Send
Step 4: Monitor your email and submit supporting documentation as directed. 

Please take note that the Grow Your Own program is a collaboration between the University of Tennessee, the Tennessee Department of Education, the Tennessee Department of Labor, and the school or school district where you are seeking employment. As such, there are multiple requirements that must be met. UT will do the best we can to help you meet all of these requirements, but we ask that you understand that many of these requirements are beyond our control.

Please add the UTK Office of Professional Licensure (BeATeacher@utk.edu) to your email contacts list to ensure that communications go to your in-box and not junk/spam, and respond to inquiries in a timely manner.

Step 5: Admissions Decisions

Please note: not all applicants will be admitted into the program, as we expect more applicants than open positions in the program at this time. If you are not accepted into the program at this time, we will include directions for future admissions considerations. If you are accepted into the program, your admissions letter will include directions/next steps for you to proceed with your enrollment in the program.