"Step 1 is a 1-credit course which allows students to explore teaching as a career and for which UTC offers a tuition rebate. Following an introduction to the theory and practice behind excellent inquiry-based science and mathematics instruction, students teach lessons in elementary classrooms to obtain firsthand experience in planning and implementation. Master teachers-Step 1 instructors chosen for their experience and success in secondary classrooms-provide students direct exposure to people who love teaching and view it as a rewarding career choice. Mentor teachers at the low-socioeconomic schools where students teach their prepared lessons demonstrate effective teaching techniques and classroom management skills, giving the future teachers a true taste of working in a supportive, diverse educational setting. "