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Advancing Diversity in Tennessee Schools

Scholarship Program

GOAL: Increase the number of K-12 teachers in Tennessee from underrepresented groups with a commitment to diversity as an instructional tool. Funded by the Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s (THEC) Diversity in Teaching Grant.


  • Complete M.Ed. or Bachelor’s + initial teacher licensure (contact us for a personalized degree plan)
  • Applicants from an underrepresented population in education (according to THEC)
    • underrepresented racial and ethnic groups such as blacks or African Americans, Hispanics or Latinos, American Indians or Alaskan Natives, and Native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders
    • first-generation college students
    • male teachers in high-need areas (biology, chemistry, secondary mathematics, English as a Second Language)
  • Commit to teach in TN for at least two years
  • Complete English as a Second Language (ESL) dual endorsement with K-5, middle grades, secondary, or K-12 licensure
  • Must complete degree and licensure in 2 years (June 2021)


  • Up to 40% tuition, licensure fees, and some instructional materials
  • Extensive preparation for Praxis and licensure exams
  • Monthly faculty mentoring and advising
  • Clinical experience in local school
  • Training in promoting culturally responsive instruction
  • Student support resources
  • Field practicum and student teaching experiences with teachers who have a history of effectiveness with K-12 students from underrepresented groups

Candidates must start ASAP. Apply now!

Application Process

  1. Complete the admission application process: M.Ed.  or Undergraduate Bachelor’s  (contact us for a personalized degree plan)
  2. Complete the ADTS Scholarship Process
    • 500 Word Essay: How will your background and life experiences contribute to culturally responsive instruction with P-12 students in Tennessee?
    • Interview with faculty scholarship committee
    • Statement of Intention to Teach in TN for at least 2 years

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Dr. Rich Aubrey

Rich Aubrey

Campus Minister; Adjunct Instructor of Education; Apartment Manager

Phone: 423.461.8748
Contact via email
Office: McMahan Student Center


Dr. Tausha Clay

Tausha Clay

Professor of Education; Paul Clark Chair of Teacher Education; Coordinator of Field Experience-Teacher Education; Director of Ed.D. and Ed.S. Programs

Phone: 423.461.8427
Contact via email
Office: Clark Education Center 099


Dr. Angela Hilton-Prillhart

Angela Hilton-Prillhart

Associate Professor of Education; Area Chair of Education; Director of the M.Ed. Program; Director of Teacher Certification

Phone: 423.461.8769
Contact via email
Office: Baker Faculty Office Center, 105


Dr. Lyn Howell

Lyn Howell

The Paul Clark Chair Emerita of Teacher Education

Phone: 423.461.8484
Contact via email
Office: Clark Teacher Education Center


Karen Presnell

Karen Presnell

Office Manager and Certification Officer for Teacher Education

Phone: 423.461.8927
Contact via email
Office: Clark Education Center, 103