The NATIONAL CONSORTIUM FOR TEACHING ABOUT ASIA (NCTA), funded by the Freeman Foundation, is a multi-year initiative to encourage and facilitate teaching and learning about Asia in world history, geography, social studies, and literature courses. NCTA is a premier provider of professional development on East Asia.

Launched in October 1998, this nationwide program is a collaboration of the East Asian Studies programs of five national institutions: Columbia University, the Five College Center for East Asian Studies, Indiana University, the University of Colorado, and the University of Washington.

Since its inception, NCTA has established introductory seminars for teachers in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, and West Virginia.

To learn more about NCTA, and for information about individual state seminars, please visit the NCTA Web site.

The Asia Program at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga brings professional development opportunities to Tennessee and North Georgia Teachers. Teachers who participate in our programs

  • Develop a deeper understanding of East Asia and learn how to teach about the region
  • Receive complimentary online and print curriculum materials
  • Receive optional UTC Continuing Education Credit (CEUs)
  • Obtain optional UTC graduate credit at participant’s expense
  • Accumulate NCTA points for future East Asia study tours*

*Teachers who have been on a previous NCTA study tour are not eligible to accumulate points toward a study tour.

Upcoming Programs

April 13, 2016: 8th Annual Introduction to Asia Conference. Click here for information.

For further information about any of the Asia Program's projects, please contact Jeffrey Melnik at or our department's contact information at the bottom of this page.