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Welcome to Theory and Practice in Teacher Education

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville’s, Teacher Education Department

Advancing equity through excellence in 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.


Nearly 900

Teachers prepared by UT

Estimated 40,000Tennessee PreK-12 students taught by our graduates annually

Seventy-eight percentUT’s teaching graduates employed by Tennessee public schools in their first year

Over ninety percentOf these, teachers who continue in the public school system the following year

Eighty percentUT prepared teachers who continue to teach in Tennessee public schools for at least three years

Over ninety-five percentOf those who completed UT’s preparation program in the past three years said they agree/strongly agree that it prepared them for the teaching profession

Over ninety percentUT teacher graduates who, in the classroom, received ratings of level 3 (at expectations) to 5 (significantly above expectations) on the Teacher Level of Effectiveness scale

One hundred percentUT teacher and leadership candidates passed all required content area examinations for licensure (edTPA and Praxis School Leaders Licensure assessments)

Sources: 2021 Teacher Preparation Report Card; University of Tennessee, Knoxville  News, February 2021 

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