Sep 23, 2020  
2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Archived Catalog

School of Education


Professor Valerie Rutledge, Director

The School of Education provides preparation for individuals seeking to be professional teachers within public and private educational institutions. Programs, in most cases, lead to licensure or credentialing and in every case prepare thoughtful, informed practitioners of learning and leading. Course work is shaped around the development of a reflective practice model.

The School of Education offers approved programs leading to the Bachelor of Science degree and eligibility for teacher licensure in Tennessee and in those states that grant reciprocity privileges to graduates of institutions accredited by NCATE.

Courses of Study

Undergraduate—The college offers approved undergraduate programs leading to the Bachelor of Science degree and eligibility for teacher licensure in Tennessee and in those states which grant reciprocity privileges to graduates of institutions accredited by NCATE. Courses of study include:

Art Education (K-12)
Early Childhood Education (PreK-3)
Exceptional Learning (K-12)
Health and Exercise Science Pedagogy: K-12
Foreign Language Education (K-12) (French, Latin, Spanish)-See Foreign Language Department 
Middle Grades Education (4-8)
Music Education (K-12) (B.M.)
Secondary Education (7-12) with concentrations in English, mathematics, natural sciences (biology, chemistry, earth and space science, physics), and social sciences (economics, geography, political science, history)
Theatre Education (K-12)

Field Placements

Students should note that field placements are required in order to satisfactorily complete many courses successfully. Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 49, Chapter 5, Part 5610 specifies that all students wishing to enter approved teacher training programs in Tennessee are required to have a fingerprint-based criminal history background check. In order to comply with TCA 49-5-5610, if a students is required to complete a field placement, the student must complete the fingerprinting requirement satisfactorily before beginning the fieldwork. The student must also provide proof of current professional liability insurance. Details can be found on the School of Education website and questions should be directed to the SOE Field Placement Coordinator.

Professional Development School I (PDS I)

The Professional Development School I (PDS I) is an intensive, semester-long field experience. Participants spend all day, every day, in a cohort assigned to a local school. In this exploratory experience, the University students work with the faculty and students at all levels of grades K-12, both in the classroom and in non-classroom settings. University faculty provide on-site instruction through an integrated presentation format.

PDS I participants complete a predetermined core of courses specific to each discipline. Listed below are the courses required for PDS I within the appropriate discipline.         

Early Child Education: PreK-3: EDUC 3170 , EDUC 3230 , EDUC 3090 , EDUC 4999r ; ECHD 3450 , ECHD 4460 ; USTU 3300 

Foreign Language Education: EDUC 3210 , EDUC 4000 , EDUC 4180 , EDUC 4330 , EDUC 4999r ; ECHD 2420 

Middle Grades Education: Education EDUC 3060 , EDUC 3210 , EDUC 4000 , EDUC 4180 , EDUC 4999r ; ECHD 2420  and ECHD 4450 

Secondary Education (English, Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences) EDUC 3210 , EDUC 4000 , EDUC 4180 , EDUC 4330 , EDUC 4999r ; ECHD 2420 

Exceptional Learning: K-12: Education EDUC 3170 , EDUC 3230 , EDUC 3360 , EDUC 4000 , EDUC 4999r ; ECHD 2410  or ECHD 2420 , and ECHD 4450 

Students pursuing teacher licensure through UTC’s School of Education program must meet requirements in four sequential checkpoints. Effective for students enrolled in Education 2010 in fall of 2004 and subsequent semesters, the checkpoints control admission to PDS I, admission to the Teacher Education Program, admission to student teaching and recommendation for licensure.

Included in the checkpoint requirements are successful completion of specified coursework, achievement of appropriate grade point averages, and appropriate test scores on the ACT, SAT or Praxis I as well as on the state-mandated Praxis II tests for the licensure area. In addition, specified paperwork must be submitted in each checkpoint. Success in meeting checkpoint requirements leads to success in completing the teacher preparation program.

Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 49, Chapter 5, Part 5610 specifies that all students wishing to enter approved teacher training programs in Tennessee are required to have a fingerprint-based criminal history background check. In order to comply with TCA 49-5-5610, students seeking to complete the Professional Development School (PDS) program must complete this requirement satisfactorily before they can be accepted into PDS. Students must also provide proof of current professional liability insurance. Details can be found on the Teacher Preparation Academy website and questions should be directed to the TPA Field Placement Coordinator.

Admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP)*

*Final responsibility for ensuring that these requirements are met prior to being admitted to student teaching rests with the student.

Applicants who demonstrate qualifications and characteristics reasonably expected for entry into the teaching profession will be considered for admission to the teacher education program. Selection of qualified students is usually made on the basis of application during the sophomore year, with the exception of transfer students who are required to complete a semester of residence at UTC before their admission can be finalized. Applications should be filed no later than the first semester of the junior year. A student who has not been officially admitted to the TEP will not be permitted to register for certain 4000-level professional education courses. Prior to formal application to the TEP, freshman, sophomore, and particularly transfer, students must consult with an advisor in the College of Health, Education and Professional Studies to plan their programs. This advisory procedure also applies to students (including post-baccalaureate and graduate) seeking initial teacher licensure or endorsement.

All students (undergraduate, post-baccalaureate and graduate) must satisfy official TEP admission standards set by UTC, the Tennessee Department of Education, and the College of Health, Education and Professional Studies. A student who has earned a degree or credit hours at another institution may be required to enroll in additional courses, including the student teaching experience or practicum, to verify competency in those teaching fields for which initial teacher licensure or endorsement is being requested through a UTC recommendation.

To be considered for admission to the TEP, an undergraduate or post-baccalaureate student must:

  1. File a formal application signed by a College of Health, Education and Professional Studies faculty advisor.
  2. Earn a minimum 2.5 cumulative grade point average, a 2.5 average on all courses taken at UTC, a 2.5 in education courses with no grade lower than C, and a 2.5 in content area courses with no grade lower than C.
  3. Complete the Praxis I tests or a state-approved equivalent and earn at least the minimum score on each section as mandated by the Tennessee Board of Education for the particular year in which the battery is taken.
  4. Submit all other appropriate information (field placement documentation, essay and resume) prior to scheduling the TEP interview.
  5. Complete an interview and receive a positive recommendation from the TEP interview committee.
  6. Demonstrate a commitment to: a) professional ethics, b) collaboration, c) diversity, d) self-reflection, e) belief in students’ ability to learn, f) technology, g) the teaching profession, and h) professional growth. In addition, specific dispositions are sometimes identified as appropriate for individual programs and as a result of other association/organization affiliations. Violations of the honor code or student behavior policies as stated in the current UTC Student Handbook may be reviewed by the TEP Committee and may impact the final decision regarding admission to the TEP and/or approval for student teaching experiences.
  7. Students pursuing any degree in education which leads to licensure must meet all required elements at each level of the Checkpoints in order to be able to move forward to additional courses. These provisions include not only those established by the UTC School of Education, but also those mandated by the school systems in which students complete field placements. Education students must successfully meet the requirements for an initial Background Screening at Checkpoint 1 and must also pass an FBI/TBI Fingerprinting Procedure prior to admission to the student teaching experience. Failure to meet these or any other parts of any Checkpoint will prevent an individual from advancing to the next level.
  8. Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 49, Chapter 5, Part 5610 specifies that all students wishing to enter approved teacher training programs in Tennessee are required to have a fingerprint-based criminal history background check. In order to comply with TCA 49-5-5610, students seeking to seeking entry into the Teacher Education Program must complete this requirement satisfactorily before they can be accepted into the program. Students must also provide proof of current professional liability insurance. Details can be found on the School of Education website and questions should be directed to the SOE Field Placement Coordinator.

Applicants will receive notification of their TEP status following the interview. An applicant who is denied admission will be notified of the deficiencies and of suggested resources or activities which may correct these. Decisions of the TEP Committee may be appealed. Information may be obtained from the TEP Committee chair.

Tests for Admission to Teacher Education Programs

Individuals seeking admission to teacher education programs in Tennessee must pass the Praxis I Pre-Professional Skills Test (PPST). The Tennessee Board of Education has also approved two additional options for admission of teacher candidates. Undergraduate or post-baccalaureate applicants who have attained an ACT composite test score of 22 or above on the Enhanced ACT or who have attained a combined verbal and mathematics score of 1020 or above on the Recentered SAT shall be exempt from the Praxis I.

UTC is committed to strict adherence to Tennessee Board of Education requirements regarding official admission to the TEP. An applicant to the TEP may take the required test(s) an unlimited number of times.

For full teacher licensure, the Tennessee Board of Education requires the achievement of state-approved minimum scores on specified tests of the Praxis II Series. Information about the tests may be obtained from the Certification Office or the UTC Testing Center.

Admission to Student Teaching*

*Final responsibility for ensuring that these requirements are met prior to being admitted to student teaching rests with the student.

The application for admission to the student teaching semester must be filed approximately six months preceding the actual experience. If a student plans to student teach during the spring semester of an academic year, the application must be completed and on file no later than September 1 of the preceding year. For the fall semester of an academic year, the application should be completed and on file no later than the preceding March 1.

Application for student teaching is not necessarily contingent upon official admission to the TEP; therefore, a student should apply for student teaching to comply with the required deadline dates. However, a student will not be permitted to student teach until he or she has satisfactorily met all requirements for admission to the TEP.

Before admission to student teaching, the undergraduate or post-baccalaureate student must:

  1. Secure official admission to the TEP.
  2. Submit student teaching application with signature of assigned faculty advisor.
  3. Satisfactorily complete all professional education courses.
  4. Satisfactorily complete at least 90 percent of coursework in content area(s).
  5. Earn a minimum grade point average of 2.5 on courses completed at UTC, a cumulative 2.5 grade point average on all courses, a 2.5 grade point average in professional education courses with no grade lower than C, a 2.5 grade point average in content area courses with no grade lower than C.
  6. Submit five copies of a resume.
  7. Students pursuing any degree in education which leads to licensure must meet all required elements at each level of the Checkpoints in order to be able to move forward to additional courses. These provisions include not only those established by the UTC School of Education, but also those mandated by the school systems in which students complete field placements. Education students must successfully meet the requirements for an initial Background Screening at Checkpoint 1 and must also pass an FBI/TBI Fingerprinting Procedure prior to admission to the student teaching experience. Failure to meet these or any other parts of any Checkpoint will prevent an individual from advancing to the next level.
  8. Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 49, Chapter 5, Part 5610 specifies that all students wishing to enter approved teacher training programs in Tennessee are required to have a fingerprint-based criminal history background check. In order to comply with TCA 49-5-5610, students seeking to complete the student teaching practicum experience must complete this requirement satisfactorily before they can be accepted into student teaching. Students must also provide proof of current professional liability insurance. Details can be found on the School of Education website and questions should be directed to the SOE Field Placement Coordinator.

All students seeking teaching licensure must meet the student teaching requirement. Student teaching (PDS II) is a full-semester experience; participants are placed in cohorts in two schools having different characteristics. Assignments vary according to state requirements for the licensure sought.

Student teaching is evaluated on a satisfactory/no credit basis. Successful completion of student teaching requires meeting all of the requirements of the field placements plus passing scores on all of the required Praxis II tests. A student not satisfactorily completing student teaching will receive a grade of no credit and may have the opportunity to repeat the course.

Final authority for the student teaching placement and teaching assignment rests with the Teacher Education Program Committee and the Director in the School of Education. As a general rule, a student is neither located in the school from which he or she recently graduated nor placed under the supervision of a relative.

Student Teaching Orientation

General orientation seminars concerning student teaching and the professional education semester are held for all prospective student teachers preceding the student teaching semester. Non-attendance could delay the student teaching experience. Seminars are also held during the student teaching semester, and attendance is mandatory.

Under special circumstances, policies, procedures, and requirements for admission to the TEP and student teaching may be waived or revised at the discretion of the dean of the College of Health, Education and Professional Studies.

Recommendation for Licensure

The School of Education will recommend licensure for only those students who have successfully completed one or more of the UTC initial licensure or endorsement programs approved by the Tennessee Department of Education. Application forms may be obtained from Certification Office, 205 Hunter Hall.

Tennessee regulations stipulate that the applicant for an initial teaching license or additional endorsement must be recommended by the designated certifying officer and dean of an approved teacher training institution. To receive this recommendation, the applicant must:

  1. Obtain official admission to the TEP.
  2. Earn a minimum grade point average of 2.5 in courses completed at UTC, a cumulative 2.5 grade point average on all courses, a 2.5 grade point average in professional education courses with no grade lower than C, a grade point average of 2.5 in content area courses with no grade lower than C.
  3. Satisfactorily complete the student teaching experience or an approved alternative.
  4. Fulfill specific departmental requirements in the area of concentration.
  5. Achieve minimum scores on the Praxis II tests mandated by the Tennessee Board of Education. (Credit for student teaching will not be granted without fulfillment of this requirement.)

UTC does not guarantee that satisfactory completion of a program listed in the UTC Catalog at the time of a student’s initial admission to the University will meet all the licensure requirements at the time the person applies for initial licensure. This means that UTC will recommend only those applicants who have met all the licensure requirements in effect at the time of the University recommendation.

Any student who completes a licensure program at UTC, regardless of whether he or she intends to teach in Tennessee, should apply for Tennessee licensure since many states require an applicant to be licensed in the state where he or she graduated and/or completed an initial licensure program. Licensure standards change frequently; hence, it is prudent to apply for licensure immediately upon graduation or program completion.

A student is considered to have completed UTC’s teacher preparation program when Tennessee standards for the Praxis II tests for licensure are met, all course work requirements have been fulfilled, and the degree appropriate to the program has been awarded.

A student who anticipates teaching outside Tennessee is strongly encouraged to request a check sheet of certification requirements from the Department of Education Office of Certification for the state in which he or she plans to teach. Course and competency requirements to satisfy out-of-state certification standards may be in addition to Tennessee licensure requirements and UTC approved degree requirements.

Graduation with a master’s degree from UTC does not guarantee licensure in any specific area. However, in some instances a student may satisfy all the Tennessee requirements for licensure by completion of a state approved master’s degree program at UTC. Students should refer to the Graduate Catalog for additional information about graduate studies.