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Learn to teach at Austin Peay.
Learn to teach at Austin Peay.

Our diverse program offerings bring your career as an educator even closer from our k-12 programs through our Doctorate in Educational Leadership. Are you ready to lead? We're ready to show you how.

Austin Peay's Education programs will give you the tools you need to be a world-class educator.

Our departments of Teaching and Learning and Educational Specialties offer undergraduate and graduate degree programs that will give you the training you need to be successful in our classroom and in yours. Our various Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs provide multiple avenues for career changers and college graduates in other disciplines to prepare themselves to become teachers. The Doctorate of Educational Leadership will prepare you for a variety of positions from state and district leadership roles to educational research careers.

Academic Departments

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Educational Specialties

The Department of Educational Specialties offers advanced degree programs in both licensure and non-licensure areas. The mission of the department of Educational Specialties is to prepare and support educational professionals in their development as effective practitioners.

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Teaching and Learning

The Department of Teaching and Learning offers degrees in initial licensure programs. As you pursue your potential career as a professional educator, please explore what the Department of Teaching and Learning has to offer in support of your career goal. 

René Villarreal
René Villarreal
Music Performance and Education

Any concerts I have played, both ensemble and solo, will always be experiences I will remember as I continue towards the end of my degree program at Austin Peay.
Adolph Dagan
Adolph Dagan
('14) Education

I want to encourage others to excel, that come from other countries and believe that learning and the curriculum at Austin Peay is difficult. They can do it and it can be done.
Emmanuel Méjeun
Emmanuel Méjeun
('17) Music Performance and Education

Everything about my story is tied to music: it’s my passion, it’s my love, it’s going to be my job — It’s everything to me.
Susannah White
Susannah White
Music Performance, Minor in Music Education

Without Austin Peay's programs, I wouldn't have found my passion for teaching children, or seen the joy a child experiences when they learn how to sing or play an instrument.

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Tennessee is the first state to be approved by the U.S. Department of Labor to establish a permanent Grow Your Own model, with APSU and CMCSS offering the first registered program.

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APSU's Prentice Chandler named to Board of Advisors for national nonprofit

The National Center for Grow Your Own is a new nonprofit organization that will provide technical assistance to states and school systems looking to adopt Grow Your Own programs.

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Tracy Bettencourt

"APSU has amazing technology I can't afford at home like book scanners or screen readers. This University gave me the same opportunity to succeed as any other student, and I wouldn't change my experience for anything in the world."

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James Gary Stewart

“I think working with other professionals helping them conceptualize and achieve their goals and being a part of their success has earned me the respect of my colleagues and students. That is really what means the most to me as a professional.”

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Bobette Bouton

“As I teach I enjoy hearing of our students' teaching experiences as they understand the importance of being teachers who are prepared to teach and meet the academic and socio-emotional needs of students who will soon be entrusted to their care.”