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Immersive Research Projects for the High School STEM Classroom developed under the National Science Foundation NOYCE support.

Professional Organizations

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) is a public voice of mathematics education, providing vision, leadership, and professional development to support teachers in ensuring equitable mathematics learning of the highest quality for all students.

The National Earth Science Teachers Association (NESTA) is a nonprofit educational organization, founded in 1983, whose purpose is the advancement, stimulation, extension, improvement, and coordination of Earth science education at all educational levels.

The American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) was established in 1930 with the fundamental goal of ensuring the “dissemination of knowledge of physics, particularly by way of teaching.” They currently have more than 11,000 members in thirty countries around the world.

The National Association of Biology Teachers (NABT) is “the leader in life science education.” To date, more than 9,000 educators have joined NABT to share experiences and expertise with colleagues from around the globe, keep up with trends and developments in the field, and grow professionally. 

The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) includes over 60,000 members with the common goal of  “promoting excellence and innovation in science teaching and learning for all.” Local information about the NSTA can be found at Tennessee Science Teachers Association.


Licensure Organizations

The National Board for Professional Teaching Standards web site offers information for interested teachers who have completed three full years of teaching and have meet required performance standards. Apply for National Board Certification.

The UT College of Education, Health, and Human Sciences’ Office of Teacher Education and Professional Licensure works in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education to qualify aspiring students to prepare for the teaching profession.


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