Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Our Mission

TPTE seeks to develop innovative, research-based programs for teachers, teacher educators, and educational interpreters; to work in close harmony with schools and educators across the university, in the region, state, and nation for the improvement of education and interpreting; to develop leadership in scholarly research and writing; and to participate and assume leadership in professional organizations. The department holds to the conviction that questions of personal and organizational integrity can never be separated from questions of quality and effectiveness.

Greetings from the Department Head

Welcome to TPTE! We are a large and diverse group, with thirty-two full-time tenure/tenure-seeking faculty, ten full-time clinical faculty, three part-time clinical faculty, and twenty-six graduate assistants. Within the department there are eight full professors, eleven associate professors, and thirteen assistant professors. We offer an undergraduate program in educational interpreting; five-year programs of study leading to initial teacher licensure; and doctoral-level graduate study in education with concentrations in literacy studies, special education, and teacher education. I hope you find our website informative and helpful as you seek to learn more about the department or specific programs within the department.

Sherry Mee Bell


Open Faculty Positions

None at this time



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