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Advancing equity through excellence in education

Welcome to Theory and Practice in Teacher Education

As an education department at a land-grant institution, our mission is to benefit local, regional, national, and global communities by preparing teachers, educators and education researchers and through our engagement in educational outreach.

From Sherry Mee Bell, Department Head

Sherry Mee Bell headshotWe are a large and diverse group, with around 30 full-time tenure/tenure-seeking faculty, over 20 full- and part-time clinical faculty, and around 30 graduate assistants.

We continue to be rated top among Tennessee institutions for preparing teachers to work in the state, and our students and alumni consistently receive local, county, state, national (and presidential) awards of merit and excellence.

Since 2015, as part of the College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, we have prepared close to 600 teachers who collectively teach an estimated 40,000 Tennessee PreK–12 students annually.

We are excited about your interest in our programs and would love to talk more with you about them! Please get in touch by clicking our “Contact Us” at the bottom of the page.

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Sources: 2019 Teacher Preparation Report Card and 2019 UT annual Tennessee principals survey.

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