Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

TPTE Centers and Outreach Programs

Tennessee Behavior Supports Project

The goal of this project is to support the implementation of Response to Instruction and Intervention for Behavior (RTI2-B) in east Tennessee schools. The Tennessee Department of Education recently released its RTI2-B framework, designed to enable schools to supplement RTI2-Academics (RTI2-A) with continuums of positive behavioral interventions and supports. Unlike RTI2-A, RTI2-B is not mandated by the State nor is it a process for determining eligibility for special education services. However, the State has been quite clear in their strong support for the scaling up of RTI2-B in all Tennessee schools; this will affect our students who will work in Tennessee schools.

This summer, our project trained approximately 35 school and district leadership teams on Tier I, and we plan to train another 35-40 teams this fall. We’ll add trainings for Tiers II and III this year as well.

UT Aerospace Education STEM Workshop

The University of Tennessee, College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences, and the Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education, in cooperation with the Civil Air Patrol, NASA, and the Tennessee Department of Transportation, Office of Aeronautics announces the 2017 UT Basic Aerospace Education STEM Workshop.

Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature

The University of Tennessee Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature believes that literature is essential to the literacy, learning, social, emotional and aesthetic development of young people.

Guided by this belief, it is the mission of the Center to celebrate and promote literature and to encourage reading through outreach to children and their parents, to current and future teachers and librarians, to members of the community, and to scholars and thinkers across disciplines.

Center on Deafness

The Center on Deafness provides an array of research and collaborative partnership opportunities related to deafness and disability issues.  The center focuses on disseminating knowledge and effective practices related to deafness, establishing and maintaining professional networks, and collaborating with academic and service programs.

Reading Center

The Reading Center is a professional community of UT literacy faculty and doctoral students who work collaboratively with pre-service and in-service teachers and administrators in the East TN  region and conduct nationally recognized research in reading.   It is a venue for professional development for teachers as well as a place where graduate students can participate in the practical experiences required for TN PreK-12 Reading Specialist License.

VOLS Teach

VolsTeach targets undergraduate math, science, or engineering majors who are interested in expanding their professional skills and exploring a career in secondary teaching. Without any additional credit hours, students can graduate in four years with a degree in math, science, or engineering, as well as obtain licensure as highly qualified teachers in their respective content areas. The program emphasizes early and ongoing field-based experiences.


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