Spotlight on TTU College of Education & Importance of Educators in the Upper Cumberland

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Can you think of a person who had a positive impact on your life as a child? Did a favorite teacher come to mind? If that is the case then you will enjoy hearing WCTE’s Ready To Learn host Cindy Putman and Julie Baker, Associate Dean of The College Of Education at Tennessee Tech University, discuss the importance of highly trained educators and their impact on the Upper Cumberland.

Baker began her school-aged educational journey in her hometown of Coalfield, TN and shares that her family is full of teachers. Upon graduation in a high school class of less than 60 she came to Tennessee Tech to pursue a degree in Secondary Education. Teaching at Cookeville High School and now as the Associate Dean of TTU College of Education she is constantly thinking about students and the teacher candidates that serve them.

There is a great demand for teachers in particular subject areas: Special Education, World Language (Spanish), Secondary Math, Secondary Science and English as a Second Language.

Today students who pursue and finish an Education degree are called completers, by the state of TN and on data reports.

Tennessee Tech College of Education ranks highly on the state website:

On the 2017 Tennessee Teacher Preparation Report Card Tennessee Tech College Of Education is listed among the top 5 largest producers of completers with high demand endorsements.

The Teacher Preparation Report Card captures the abilities of Tennessee preparation providers to train new teachers for success in Tennessee’s classrooms. The report card presents data on a variety of metrics to provide an overall picture of how well each provider is able to prepare effective teachers and meet state goals.

A summary of results is provided here:

Tennessee Tech College Of Education has implemented many different ways to inform future and current students about the opportunities that are available for employment across the State Of Tennessee in the field of education. TTU hosts a Career recruiting fair for school systems to meet and interview future teachers. In May they will host a Teacher Appreciation Event and Lillian Hartgrove who serves as chair of the Tennessee School Board is the guest speaker. Baker also shares how the TTU College Of Education is planning to thanks teachers in Putnam County with cake!

Currently about 65,000 teachers are employed across the state of TN and about ½ of them will be leaving the profession over the next decade. Baker says to fill those jobs, especially in rural area, the importance of collaboration with school district across the state is vital. Currently TTU College of Education partners with 50 School Districts across the state. These partnerships provide mentoring teachers for the teacher candidates who are completing their residency program, often in their own hometowns, before they finish their degrees.

Did you think of a teacher that impacted you? Putman and Baker both encourage the simple act of thanking a teacher for their role in training all the folks in your community that shape your life. From service providers, pastors, bankers, lawyers, law enforcement officers, doctors, nurses, parents and caretakers, and the thousands of other careers that people choose, they all began in a classroom with a teacher.

For more information about becoming a teacher and the TTU college of Education, contact Julie C. Baker at or 931-372-3177. You may also visit to learn more. The College of Education is located in the TJ Farr Building and its mission is to provide unique and rigorous, learner-centered academic experiences for our students to achieve their highest potential as life-long learners, professionals, and citizens.


Tune in each Saturday morning at 9:30 for the WCTE Get Ready To Learn Radio Show, with host Cindy Putman on Zimmer Broadcasting's The HUB 107.7 FM and 1400 AM.


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