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Clemmer College

East Tennessee State University

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  • Center for Community College Leadership certificate in Community College Leadership Program
  • Response to Intervention Certificate
  • University School on the campus of ETSU
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  • Masters in Teaching



The Clemmer College at East Tennessee State University is home to programs of study that focus on improving the lives of individuals through teaching and learning, physical and mental health, and leadership. In addition to the six academic departments of the college, a K-12 laboratory school and four Centers of Excellence (Community College Leadership, Early Childhood Learning & Development, Mathematics & Science Education and Sport Science & Coach Education) provide opportunities for research and professional outreach. Students of the college can pursue ten undergraduate and 16 graduate degree programs, as well as doctorate programs in Early Childhood Education, Educational Leadership & Policy Analysis, and Sport, Exercise, Recreation, and Kinesiology departments. The College programs are accredited by the National Council of Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), Tennessee Department of Education, Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Education Programs (CACREP), the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and the National Association of Sport Physical Education (NASPE).

The college is named for Claudius G. Clemmer, a former teacher, successful business and civic leader, and lifelong benefactor and champion for education. During the Great Depression, with no money to support his one-room schoolhouse in Greene County, Clemmer taught his 30 students without pay so they could continue their studies. Scholarships established by Clemmer and his wife, Katherine, continue to support new generations of education students who will carry the same dedication to service into their own professional careers.

The faculty and staff of the Clemmer College welcome you to our website and are happy to help you in your educational journey. Please contact us if we can be of assistance with questions about our programs and how you can be a part of the Clemmer Community.

The B. S. in Human Services seeks to educate human service professionals who are self-reflective practitioners, competent care-givers, and community leaders. The Human Services Program curriculum emphasizes the development of human services professionals who will be responsive to contemporary needs and serves as an excellent foundation for students interested in pursuing a master's or doctorate degree in counseling, psychology, speech/language pathology, social work, or other related fields. Please note that a minor is required to complete the degree

The Human Development and Learning minor is designed to provide students with a solid knowledge base in human development through the life span. Students wanting additional exposure to family development, working with groups, or educational psychology have those choices as electives within the minor. The HDAL minor prepares students for entry-level careers or graduate study in a variety of fields such as counseling, school counseling, early childhood education, psychology, education non-licensure programs, criminal justice, social work, and marriage and family therapy.

The Family Studies minor offers students a theoretical and practical understanding of the family as a social institution and a vital social system. The Family Studies minor seeks to prepare students for entry-level careers or graduate study in a variety of fields such as public policy human service, counseling, law and research.

The Master's degree in Counseling has four concentrations: Clinical Mental Health, College Counseling/Student Affairs Higher Education, Couples and Family Therapy, and School Counseling that may lead to national certification or state licensure in School Counseling or licensure as a Professional Counselor or Couples and Family Therapist.

Majors and minors include:

The Teacher Education program for the Master of Arts in Teaching degree designed to meet teacher licensing requirements at the graduate level for the state of Tennessee.

Please visit the MAT website for more information.

The Department of Early Childhood Education oversees undergraduate programs in early childhood education, both licensure (PreK-3) and non-licensure (Early Care and Education); masters' programs in early childhood with 3 concentrations: initial licensure (PreK-3), master teacher (MTEA) and research/thesis (RSEA); a doctoral program in early childhood (PhD); a minor in early childhood education; and an Early Childhood Emergent Inquiry certificate program (ECEE).
The minor in Educational Foundations is designed to provide an opportunity for students, through the integration of foundational educational knowledge, to become productive and enlightened about the field of education, and to understand the prospects that are available for multi-disciplinary and inter-agency interfacing with the educational community. The objective for the minor in Educational Foundations is to offer a foundational understanding of education to students who do not wish to become teachers, but may pursue careers that interface with the educational system.
The department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis (ELPA) offers programs that focus on developing the leaders of tomorrow. ELPA offers a wide range of opportunities and programs for students to apply their knowledge in a dynamic environment. Students complete internships and residency activities aimed at targeting their individual leadership and career focus while expanding their current knowledge and understanding of the leadership field.

The Department of Sport, Exercise, Recreation, and Kinesiology offers the following degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Physical Education with a concentrations in
    • Exercise Science
    • Kindergarten - 12th grade Physical Education Teacher Education
  • Bachelor of Science in Sport and Leisure Management with concentrations in
    • Sport Management
    • Park & Recreation Management
  • Master of Art in Kinesiology and Sport Studies
  • Master of Science in Sport Science and Coach Education with concentrations in
    • Applied Sport Science
    • Strength and Conditioning (online)
  • Doctorate of Philosophy in Sport Physiology and Performance with concentrations in
    • Sport Physiology
    • Sport Performance 

University School of East Tennessee State University serves a dual function.

The primary function of the school is to help the Clemmer College at East Tennessee State University achieve its mission of preparing professional educators by:

  • Providing university students with opportunities to observe innovative instructional practices;
  • Providing university students opportunities to work with and teach K-12 pupils under the direction of skilled mentor teachers;
  • Serving as a research laboratory for the advancement of programs and new ideas in the field of education;
  • Serving in a leadership role for the educational community.

The second function is to provide a rich and varied curriculum that promotes the continuous academic, social, and emotional growth of each child in grades K-12.

University School and Clemmer College faculty and administration believe that the two broad functions described above are complementary.  When teachers, professors, administrators, and students work collaboratively in the interests of educational excellence, all stakeholders benefit.

Visit the University School website for more information.

Vision, Mission, and Shared Values


The Clemmer College enhances lives of students, faculty, staff, and community through quality programs to shape the future.


  • To support a diverse student experience through research and service on campus and in the community
  • To promote a collaborative environment for faculty, staff, and students of various backgrounds to learn, work, and grow
  • To support excellence in teaching, coaching, leadership, and human services in diverse regional and national partnerships
  • To promote human development for a global society through engaged citizenship and life-long learning

Shared Values

 Rich educational experiences

The members of the Clemmer College value diverse communities, regional experiences, travel abroad, service-learning, and community-based education.

Community-based education

The members of the Clemmer College value local, national, and global partnerships.

Research and Service

The members of the Clemmer College value research and service activities to enhance community partnerships around the world.

Diversity and Inclusion

The members of the Clemmer College value the contributions of diverse people, cultures, and thought to intellectual, social, economic development, and wellness.


The members of the Clemmer College value the development of leadership capacities in students, faculty, and staff to impact the present and shape the future in a global society.

Life-long Learning

The members of the Clemmer College community value the pursuit of life-long learning and personal wellness for a successful life balance.


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Your gifts are accepted by the East Tennessee State University Foundation, which is the official 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that exists solely to support and advance the objectives of the university. The foundation is a separate legal entity operated as a tax-exempt corporation chartered within the State of Tennessee and is considered a component unit of the university.




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