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Honors in Special Education Program

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About Our Program

The Honors-in-Discipline (HID) programs are offered within a variety of degree programs at ETSU, such as special education. The HID Program in Special Education provides scholars with special advising from a program coordinator in their discipline. HID students have priority registration status, are members of the Honors College community, and become eligible for special opportunities and scholarships. HID Scholars also receive honors graduation and transcript recognition.


The Honors-in-Discipline program of study for Special Education will consist of 18 credit hours taken from among a selection of 24 credit hours of offered honors-level courses. Due to an anticipated small number of enrollees for the first few years, all courses will be offered as honors-enriched.


Program of Studies
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Participation in an Honors-in-Discipline Program provides students with a variety of significant benefits and opportunities including:

List of Benefits

A specially designed, in-depth, hands-on honors curriculum in each discipline

- An Honors-in-Discipline Coordinator for each program

- Participation in undergraduate research and creative activity in their field, including completion of the year-long Senior Honors Thesis project

-Opportunities to receive funding to present their research at academic conferences

- The opportunity to become eligible for Honors-in-Discipline scholarships

- Priority Registration

- 24/7 access to an HID computer lab, study room, and classroom in Yoakley Hall

- Participation in Honors College events

- Honors graduation and transcript recognition


Honors-in-Discipline in Special Education Program Thesis Requirement 

The Honors Thesis is an in-depth capstone experience, required of all honors scholars, to provide them with opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of their major disciplines, closer intellectual interaction with faculty members and well-rounded preparation for their career goals. Honors scholars use primary literature, data gathering, artistic or technological approaches in their disciplines to produce a year-long, sustained research or creative experience. The quality of the thesis is essentially the result of scholarly diligence, faculty mentor oversight and thesis readers suggestions.

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Student admission, retention, and graduation requirements

The Honors-in-Discipline program for Special Education will accept incoming Freshmen as well as currently enrolled students who have earned no more than 60 college credit hours.

Entering freshmen applicants must have a minimum high school GPA of 3.8 on a 4.0 scale, or a minimum ACT composite score of 27 or equivalent SAT score. Currently enrolled student-applicants or transfer student-applicants must have a minimum overall GPA of 3.5 and an ACT composite score of 25 or equivalent, or an equivalent SAT score. Accepted applicants must also submit a compelling, well-written essay with their application.

Applications should be completed and submitted to the Honors Coordinator for the Special Education Honors Program.

To remain in good standing with the Honors Program, students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25 for their academic careers at ETSU. Students who do not meet this minimum standard will be granted one probationary semester for correction before the student is suspended from the Honors Program and out-of-state tuition waivers or Honors-in-Discipline scholarships are withdrawn. A student who demonstrates significant progress during the probationary period but does not yet meet minimum standards may be granted a second probationary semester, at the discretion of the Honors Program Admissions Committee.

Applicants may qualify for an in-state or out-of-state Honors-in-Discipline scholarship. Minimum requirements for the scholarship include, for incoming freshmen, an ACT score of 25 or higher and a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher. Students who receive this scholarship must enroll in at least 15 credit hours per semester (with the exception of the capstone semester, in which only 12 credit hours may be taken), maintaining the GPA required to remain in good standing with the Honors Program.

To graduate with Honors-in-Discipline designation at ETSU, students must (1) have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.25; (2) complete all required courses (Honors courses, General Education, Academic Proficiencies); and (3) complete and orally present the senior Honors thesis. In addition, all thesis grades must be B or higher. 

Program coordination and student advisement

The Honors Coordinator, Dr. Alison Barton, will provide advisement to H-i-D students toward the completion of their Honors-in-Discipline designation. The Honors Coordinator will work with the student’s program advisor to ensure that all requirements are met both for the general degree and for the H-i-D program.

Enrichment Activities: Enrolled students will be encouraged to present their research at the ETSU Undergraduate Research Symposium and the Appalachian Student Research Forum, as well as attend these events before their final thesis year. Further, opportunities may arise for H-i-D students to present their research to Clemmer College faculty at regular faculty research meetings. If and when enrollment grows, the Honors Coordinator will explore further opportunities for enrichment, such as social gatherings or seminars.


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Please contact Dr. Tina Hudson in you would like more information on the HID in Special Education Program!

Dr. Tina Hudson

You may contact Dr. Tina Hudson at:

Tina M. Hudson, PhD
Assistant Professor
Undergraduate Advisement Coordinator
East Tennessee State University
Department of Teaching and Learning
Office 423, Warf-Pickel Building


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