What is the BASE-TN Program?
BASE-TN stands for Becoming A Special Educator in TN. The BASE-TN Program is a program that provides limited financial support for persons who meet the eligibility criteria and desire to earn an initial Tennessee teacher license in special education or an endorsement in special education. This support involves a commitment to teach in a Tennessee public school two years for each academic year of financial support received, serving students with disabilities ages birth through twenty-one.
At Middle Tennessee State University, the BASE-TN Program offers certification in Modified Special Education (endorsement 460) and Comprehensive Special Education (endorsement 461). Both endorsements are grades K-12. See our brochure here.
The BASE-TN Program is a grant-based State program. More information can be found on the State of Tennessee's web site here.
Who qualifies for the BASE-TN Program?
There are two priority groups for the BASE-TN Program:
Has a Bachelor's Degree in a field other than Special Education
|Has earned at least two years of transferable college credit in Special Education OR has an Associate's of Science in Teaching Degree|
|Has a Post-Baccalaureate Plan of Study for a Tennessee license in Special Education
(with intent to complete within one to two years)
|Currently working as an Educational Assistant or Para-Professional in a Special Education classroom|
|Has a teacher's license in a field other than Special Education||Currently serving students with disabilities on a full-time basis|
|Has written intent to complete a Bachelor's Degree in Special Education within three years.|
How do I apply to the BASE-TN Program?
All applicants should do the following:
Priority One applicants should do the following:
Priority Two applicants should do the following:
For more information on the BASE-TN Teaching Program at MTSU, please contact:
Dr. Craig Rice
1301 East Main Street
PO Box 69
Murfreesboro, TN 37132