A Student must complete all requirements in one checkpoint before moving to the next.

 

CHECKPOINT 1 

This step must be complete within the first week of Step 1. 
 

Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 49, Chapter 5, Part 5610 specifies that all students wishing to enter approved teacher training programs in Tennessee shall be required to submit to a criminal history background check.

Policy Background: TCA 49-5-5610 requires students wishing to enter an approved teacher training program in Tennessee to:

  1. Agree to the release of all investigative records to the administrator of the teacher training program;
  2. Supply a fingerprint sample and submit to a criminal history records check to be conducted by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation;
  3. Sign an authorization and release form authorizing a qualified Tennessee licensed private investigation company to complete a criminal history records check.     

Students should keep their receipt with their transaction number in the event their report gets lost and we need to call TBI to have a new report sent.

If you have been fingerprinted at another location within the last 12 months, you can request that those results are sent to Doris Roensch at doris-roensch@utc.edu. However, we must receive the official TBI document, not the scan of your fingerprints.

Professional Liability Insurance needs to be purchased prior to your first field placement in STEM 1030 and needs to be renewed every year.

 


 

CHECKPOINT 2 

Checkpoint 2 involves admission into the STEM Education program and must be completed before the student can enroll in Knowing and Learning (STEM 2010) and is normally completed after successful completion of Step 1 and Step 2 (receiving a grade of C or better).
 

If these test scores are not accessible through MyMocsNet, it is the students responsibility to provide the department with score reports.

      • UTC offers a Residual ACT Test through the Testing office located in the Office Planning, Evaluation, and Institutional Research on a weekly basis. Preregistration is required.
      • If you do not meet the requirements listed above, you must pass the Praxis Core Academic Skills for Educators Tests (reading, writing and mathematics OR combined). The test is offered sporadically and dates fill up quickly, so please schedule your test date early to ensure you meet the deadline. The test appointment is 5 hours. Approximately, two weeks after you take the test, your scores will be available electronically to you as a PDF document. You must email Dr. Ellis, the STEM Education Advisor a copy of this PDF to meet this requirement.

The School of Education has identified eight dispositions with specific indicators that the effective professional educator displays.  The effective professional educator demonstrates a commitment to the following. 


1. Professional ethics

  • Maintaining my position as a positive role model for students and others in regular attendance, grooming, punctuality, and professional demeanor
  • Demonstrating positive work habits and interpersonal skills, including a positive attitude, dependability, honesty, and respect for others
  • Maintaining the standards of confidentiality regarding student information and communications
  • Using sound judgment and thoughtful decision-making with consideration of the consequences

2. Collaboration

  • Collaborating with other professionals to improve the overall learning of students
  • Understanding and involving a wide variety of resources in the school, family, culture, and community to facilitate student learning

3. Diversity

  • Recognizing students’ unique prior knowledge, life experiences, and interests as part of the context for student learning
  • Understanding and involving a wide variety of resources in the school, family, culture, and community to facilitate student learning
  • Providing equitable learning opportunities for all students

4. Self-reflection

  • Life-long learning and personal growth through reflection, seeking constructive feedback, and willingness to learn from others and past experience
  • Using analysis and reflection to assess and plan for student learning

5. Belief in students’ ability to learn

  • Promoting achievement of students at all levels
  • Understanding and involving a wide variety of resources in the school, family, culture, and community to facilitate student learning
  • Developing students’ skills as problem-solvers as they progress toward becoming independent, self-directed learners
  • Effective planning and classroom organization as tools in maximizing the time available for instruction and learning

6. Technology

  • Understanding and involving a wide variety of resources in the school, family, culture, and community to facilitate student learning
  • Using analysis and reflection to assess and plan for student learning

7. The teaching profession

  • Accepting responsibility for what occurs in my classroom and for other school-wide responsibilities that contribute to student learning and a safe, orderly environment
  • Using sound judgment and thoughtful decision-making with consideration of the consequences
  • Life-long learning and personal growth through reflection, seeking constructive feedback, and willingness to learn from others and past experience
  • Participating in professional growth activities within and outside the school

8. Professional growth

  • Participating in professional growth activities within and outside the school
  • Life-long learning and personal growth through reflection, seeking constructive feedback, and willingness to learn from others and past experience
 

A student must have at least a 2.75 Cumulative GPA as well as at least a 2.75 UTC GPA. Cumulative GPA includes all course grades that you have ever had, while your UTC GPA only counts grades earned in courses taken at UTC.

It is your responsibility to keep track of your GPA each semester. In order to view your GPA, you need to log in to MyMocsDegree. This will show both your Cumulative and UTC GPA.
Concerned about not meeting the GPA requirements? Calculate your GPA or use the GPA Calculator on your MyMocsDegree to see what grades you will need in order to achieve and/or maintain the GPA requirements.

 

Take and receive a passing score on the STEM Education writing assessment essay. 


Successfully complete STEM 1030 Combo with a grade of at least C.


Submit an Interview Application and complete the Admission Interview. 

 

Submit your resumé to Dr. Ellis


Completion and submission of the STEM Education Application Form.


CHECKPOINT 3 

Checkpoint 3 must be completed after all STEM Education courses have been passed with a C or better, but before the student is able to enroll in Apprentice Teaching (STEM 4020).
 

Content course work must be passed with a C or better

  • Applied Math STEM, all MATH courses you must pass with a C or better
  • Biology STEM, all BIO courses you must pass with a C or better
  • Chemistry STEM, all CHEM courses you must pass with a C or better
  • Computer Science STEM, all CPSC courses you must pass with a C or better
  • Geology STEM, all GEOL courses you must pass with a C or better
  • Physics STEM, all PHYS courses you must pass with a C or better
 

Successfully complete all remaining STEM Education course work with grades of C or better, with the exception of Apprentice Teaching and Apprentice Teaching Seminar.


Have a passing score on Preliminary Portfolio prior to enrollment in Project Based Instruction.


Apprentice Teaching application completed, submitted and accepted.

  • Fall Semester: March 1
  • Spring Semester: September 1

Submitted Resume to STEM Education.


Successfully completed Praxis II exams with scores reported prior to Apprentice Teaching


Post-Graduation/Induction Support

  • Complete demographic survey annually.
  • Submit induction years' reflections/perceptions.
*GPA requirements are dictated by the Tennessee Department of Education and are subject to change.