College of Health, Education and Professional Studies
Truly a national model for teacher preparation, the College of Education and Applied Professional Studies prepares students for careers as education leaders.
Through the Professional Development Schools partnership with local school systems, UTC students and faculty interact daily with teaching professionals “in the trenches” to bridge the gap between what you learn in a classroom and what you learn in the real world.
Professor of Education Valerie Rutledge spent 26 years as a public school teacher before joining the UTC faculty, so she knows what prospective teachers will encounter in their careers and she knows how to prepare them. “I hope my students gain an appreciation of the value of knowledge and a recognition of the worth of others’ ideas. If my students leave my classes with not only answers but also with questions, then I will have achieved a great deal.”
Our teacher certification programs are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Tennessee State Department of Education. Find out more on the web at utc.edu/HealthEducationAndProfessionalStudies.
The School of Applied Professional Studies offers an array of programs addressing some of today’s most popular and in-demand areas of study, from exercise science, health promotion, and sports administration to nutrition, interior design.
Physical therapy students engage in academic coursework at UTC and clinical experiences across the country, learning treatments and techniques that will help to improve the lifestyle of patients who have been affected by injury or disease. “For me, being a physical therapist has never been about whether a patient went back to the same life as before the accident. It’s about whether they make the best of the life they have at this very moment. That’s what I want my students to understand before they leave,” says Debbie Ingram, associate professor of physical therapy. The program is accredited by the American Physical Therapy Association. To learn more about these programs visit www.utc.edu/PhysicalTherapy.
The School of Nursing prepares students to become qualified nursing professionals. By collaborating with UTC’s experienced faculty and professionals from local healthcare and community agencies, you gain a broad, practical knowledge about the field and how to apply what you’ve learned. Upon completion, you will be eligible to take the NCLEX-RN examination for licensing as a registered nurse (almost 100 percent of our students pass on their first attempt). The School of Nursing is accredited by the Collegiate Commission on Nursing Education. Find out more at utc.edu/Nursing.