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“I love teaching when I know I can have a positive impact on my students’ lives.” Emma King, Class of 2018.

Teaching is a profession that has a profound impression on future generations with daily challenges and joys. If you have an interest in teaching as a career or have always wanted to be a teacher, you can reach that goal in 4 years at King University.

Education Highlights

  • Over the last three years, more than 85 percent of our graduates have been hired by local school districts
  • Students have the opportunity to get more than 100 practical observation hours in a variety of settings, prior to student teaching
  • All of our instructors have practical experience in a public school setting

After gaining admission into the Teacher Education program in your sophomore year, students will be able to follow a plan that leads to a career in elementary, or high school teaching, as well as music and physical education.

Are you interested in impacting lives and making a lasting difference? If you believe teaching is your calling, please visit King's Education offices in Kline Hall. We can answer your major related questions and you'll be able to meet your professors. 

The Teacher Education Department offers baccalaureate degrees for initial teacher licensure in elementary education (K-5), secondary education (6-12), K-12 music education (both vocal and instrumental), and K-12 physical education. Adding an ESL (English as a Second Language endorsement to your teaching is possible with additional coursework.

English as a Second Language (ESL) Endorsement

In two semesters, earn an additional endorsement online to your teaching license. Endorsement is Tennessee approved and meets the Virginia Standards. For more information about the ESL Endorsement click here.

Student Teaching in the Final Semester

After fulfilling all King University and Tennessee Department of Education requirements, including course work and successful Praxis scores, students will spend the final semester prior to graduation in the field, student teaching and making connections that will lead to positive relationships and possible employment.


Secondary Grades 6-12





History - Government




Elementary and Secondary Grades K-12:

Exercise Science

Music - Vocal

Music - Instrumental

Elementary Grades K-5:

Interdisciplinary Studies

Add-on Endorsements

  English as a Second Language (ESL)

Education Faculty

Elementary Education with K-5 Licensure

imgA specially designed "2+2" Elementary Education major with K-5 licensure is available on both the Bristol and Knoxville campuses. Students who hold the Associate degree in teaching, or closely related AA degree, should consider this program. King's program is compatible with both Virginia and Tennessee community college teacher education AA degrees.

The Elementary Education major includes concentrations in Math, Science, Social Studies, and English Language Arts. K-5 licensure courses will offer knowledge and practice in lesson planning, literacy, formative and summative assessment, English as a Second Language, teaching methods, and more.

The Elementary Education program is designed with the busy learner in mind. In the program you will:

  • Complete the program in as little as 20 months
  • Attend class one night per week right up to the student teaching practicum
  • Take classes on campus and online to complete a full-time load each semester
  • Communicate with an academic advisor every step of the way
  • Obtain licensure in one of 10 Tennessee-approved licensure programs
  • Complete a 15 week student teaching placement in the final semester
  • For more detailed information on GPS degree completion plans
  • For more detailed information on Traditional degree completion plans

The mission of the King University's School of Education is to prepare you for a career with:

  • A commitment to community and service
  • Academic and technical competence
  • An appreciation for diverse abilities and cultures

Elementary Education with K-5 Licensure program is designed for students who are:

  • Ready to pursue the vocation of teaching
  • Have a passion for the well-being of children
  • Want the flexibility of attending classes in the evening

The Education Licensure program specifics:

  • Designed to help you complete the program in as little as 20 months
  • Full K-5 licensure program

Education Coursework

To view all required courses for K-5 Licensure click here.

To view all required courses for 6-12 Licensure click here.

To view all required courses for a BA or BS in Education with an Endorsement click here.

To view all required courses for a Minor in Education click here.

For Education course descriptions click here. 

Laptop Requirement

The Education program requires a laptop with Microsoft Office 2010 or later, and wireless and webcam capability.


For information about King University's accreditation click here.

For information about Teacher Education accreditation  click here.




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