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


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

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).

  • Have proof of ACT composite test score of 22 or above on Enhanced ACT or a combined verbal and mathematics score of 1020 on the Recentered SAT.  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.
  • Have a minimum 2.75 GPA (UTC and cumulative)
  • 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 resume to Dr. Ellis
  • Completion and submission of the STEM Education Application Form.

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).

  • Have a minimum 2.75 GPA* (UTC, cumulative, STEM and content)
    • 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.
  • 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
  • Complete demographic survey annually.
  • Submit induction years' reflections/perceptions.


 *GPA requirements are dictated by the Tennessee Department of Education and are subject to change.