To earn the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies (Elementary Education K-5) degree, the student must:

  • Complete a minimum of 120 semester hours of coursework, with a cumulative grade point average of 2.75.
  • Complete all Major and Professional Education courses with a G.P.A. of 2.75.
  • Complete all courses in the General Education core curriculum.
  • Complete a minimum of 25 percent of the credit hours required for the degree through instruction offered at Tusculum University.
  • Submit all official transcripts.
  • Participate in all outcomes assessment as required by Tusculum University and College of Education.
  • Submit and pass edTPA. If the first submission falls below the passing score, the student must revise and resubmit edTPA to qualify for graduation. All edTPA submissions will occur during the student teaching semester.
  • Make payment of all tuition and fees.


Students who complete all program coursework but determine that they do not wish to pursue a teaching license may opt to graduate without licensure. Students must meet all other requirements for graduation, but will be exempted from the student teaching semester and instead take a 3-credit course equivalent to Citizens in a Global Era.


Former teacher education students wishing to return to the teacher education program must meet the following criteria before beginning coursework:

Withdrew from program

  • Meet current course/program requirements as prescribed by the Teacher Education Review Board.
  • Submit a cleared federal background check (TNCC30011).
  • If the student was previously admitted into the Teacher Education Program, and it has been less than three years, only a new cleared background check and an interview with the Teacher Education Review Board are required. If previously admitted in the Teacher Education program and it has been more than three years, the teacher education candidate must reapply to the Teacher Education program and meet current testing/program requirements.

Academic suspension

  • Must be accepted for readmission to the University.
  • Present a cleared TBI  background  check  (TNCC30011) and meet current course/program requirements if not enrolled at Tusculum University for one semester or more, not including summer term.
  • Complete a successful interview with the Teacher Education Review Board.


The Interdisciplinary Studies major prepares candidates for licensure in Elementary Education K-5. The Interdisciplinary Studies major is offered in the Traditional/Residential program on the Greeneville campus and through the Adult and Online Studies program in Greeneville, Morristown, and Knoxville.

Specific course and curriculum requirements for each of Tusculum University’s and the College of Education teacher education programs are available in the Tusculum University Catalog.