Governor's School for Prospective Teachers
Governor's School for Prospective Teachers (GSPT) has a unique responsibility: to encourage the region's brightest students to become professional educators. GSPT is a five-week summer program for rising eleventh and twelfth grade students funded by the Tennessee State Department of Education. GSPT is administered by and located on the campus of The University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UTC).
Students are selected from a pool of applicants and rated according to high school grade point averages, standardized test scores, recommendations from guidance counselors and teachers, as well as resumes and statements regarding perceptions of their potential as professional educators. Unique experiences or qualifications are also considered. The young men and women admitted to Governor's School for Prospective Teachers are some of the most outstanding high school students in the region.
The program provides an overview of the myths and realities of the profession; an examination of effective teaching strategies, resources, and computer and other technological applications; observations and critiques of teaching performances; analyses of exemplary teaching; an introspective view of learning and teaching styles and opportunities for GSPT students to participate in peer teaching activities. GSPT students will also interact with K-12 students in a variety of summer educational settings.