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Division of Education


Ralph CalhounDivision Chair
Ralph Calhoun, Ed.D.
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LeMoyne-Owen College
807 Walker Avenue
Memphis, TN 38126

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Office: (901) 435-1278
Fax: (901) 435-1298
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The BASE-TN (Become a Special Educator—Tennessee) Teaching Program, a Tennessee State Department of Education partnership program with LeMoyne-Owen College, provides financial assistance in the form of tuition and fee remission for either part-time or full-time study to professional personnel who desire to work in programs for the education of children with disabilities. The purpose of the program is to help professional education personnel meet licensure requirements in the area of Special Education.


Participation in the program is limited to (a) post-baccalaureate candidates admitted to teacher education programs (or eligible to be admitted and/or have provided written intent to seek admission) in approved Tennessee colleges and universities, and (b) educational assistants with at least two years of transferable college credit who are currently employed by a Tennessee public school and serve students with disabilities ages birth through twenty-one. These candidates must seek the Tennessee initial licensure in Special Education or an endorsement in Special Education.


The goal of the BASE-TN Teaching Program is to help increase the number of fully licensed Tennessee teachers serving students with disabilities in Tennessee public schools. Through this partnership program between the State of Tennessee Department of Education and The LeMoyne-Owen College, the BASE-TN Teaching Program awards cover full tuition and fees for each semester of eligibility.


Contact the Division of Education at LeMoyne-Owen College for information on eligibility, application matters, and deadline dates