Undergraduate Programs


Aquinas College offers three pathways to teaching through the undergraduate degree:  Interdisciplinary Studies (K-5), English (6-12) and History (6-12).

Teacher candidates receive a robust liberal arts education in the core academic disciplines during their first semesters, gaining the knowledge and skills to build a strong foundation to build upon in the higher level content and professional coursework. 


B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies – Elementary Education (pdf)

B.S. English – Secondary (pdf)

B.S. History – Secondary (pdf)

Program Length

Our undergraduate programs are approximately 120 hours each, and a full time student completes the program, including student teaching, in four years.  Transfer credit may be obtained and is evaluated on an individual basis. 

Field Experiences and Clinical Practice

In order to further develop and concretize each candidate’s confidence, style, and skills, the candidate, aware of the research-based best practices, is guided through a series of field and clinical experiences. These experiences are strategically designed to foster within each candidate the professional dispositions of leadership and motivation, and of being consistently effectiveness-oriented in each of the specific educational activities the candidate either implements or in which the candidate participates. Coupling these experiences with the reflective elements of the curriculum, candidates gain the wisdom that comes from practice itself, develop their own fluency in the best practices, and learn how to refine their own competence in delivery. Field Experiences are embedded into each course, beginning in the first semester.  Additional field experiences are also required to enable the teacher candidate ample time in the classroom before the culminating clinical practice. 

Admission Requirements – Undergraduate Initial Licensure Programs

Students wishing to apply to an initial licensure program must fulfill all entrance requirements of the College.  An official application for admission must be filed prior to a student being accepted.

Transcripts of transfer students may be evaluated by the Admissions Office or the Dean of the School of Education. Credits are accepted only from regionally accredited institutions. Coursework with a grade point average below a “C” will not be accepted from transfer students.


Candidates for licensure in Tennessee are required to submit the edTPA portfolio while enrolled in the Clinical Practice. The tasks in edTPA address the candidate’s performance of professional education standards required by the Tennessee State Department of Education.

With completion of our coursework, content area Praxis tests and a passing edTPA score, the School of Education applies for the teacher candidate’s Tennessee license.


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School of Education 
Aquinas College
4210 Harding Pike
Nashville, TN 37205
(615) 297-7545 x422