WHAT IS BASE-TN?
Become A Special Educator in Tennessee Teaching Program is a program that provides financial support for persons who meet eligibility criteria and desire to earn an initial Tennessee teaching license in Special Education. This support involves a commitment to teach students with disabilities, ages birth through 21, in a Tennessee public school two years for each academic year of financial support received. One academic year of financial support consists of 30 semester hours or the equivalent.
The BASE-TN Teaching Program is a forgivable loan program that will pay tuition for courses required for a teaching license in Special Education.
Individuals who want to earn a Tennessee Teaching license and teach in Tennessee in Modified and/or Comprehensive Special Education. There are two groups of candidates who are eligible to apply for BASE-TN:
- Priority I: Individuals who hold a bachelor's degree in an area other than Special Education and desire to obtain a license to teach in special education.
- Priority II: Individuals currently employed as an educational assistant in a Special Education classroom and have already completed a minimum of two years of undergraduate coursework or have earned an associate degree.
BASE-TN awards are competitive. Application for BASE-TN funding does not guarantee that you will receive a scholarship.
WHAT TYPE OF FINANCIAL SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE?
The BASE-TN grant will pay tuition for courses required for a teaching license in Special Education. Students will pay for miscellaneous fees (technology, registration, parking) and textbooks. Upon completion of the program, participants must teach in Special Education in a Tennessee public school two years for every 30 hours of financial support provided.
HOW DO I APPLY?
- Complete a BASE-TN application. Applications may be downloaded at the following sites:
- Submit four (4) letters of recommendation, transcripts, and letter of intent.
- Proof of admission to Freed-Hardeman University. Post-baccalaureate students should apply to the graduate school. Educational assistants with at least 60 college credit hours should apply as undergraduates.
- Planned program of studies signed by your assigned FHU Special Education advisor.
- Timeline depicting semesters you will complete each course on your program of studies (developed with your advisor).
- Student Service Agreement (to be notarized after the applicant has been selected for BASE-TN participation).
WHEN IS THE APPLICATION DEADLINE?
Applications for those who wish to begin:
- Summer Term are due by May 18
- Fall Term are due by August 12
- Spring Term are due by January 6
Dr. Karen L. Cypress
Director of Graduate Studies in Education/Memphis
Freed-Hardeman University (Memphis)
5565 Shelby Oaks Drive
Memphis, TN 38134