Overview of ICBTE/RTAPS Project:

The ICBTE/RTAPS project is a collaborative initiative led by the Tennessee Grow Your Own Center, in partnership with the Tennessee Department of Education (TDOE) and the University of Tennessee System. The project aims to address the state’s teacher shortage by strengthening the K-12 teacher talent development pipeline. A $1.8 million grant from Ascendium Education Group supports the development of the Registered Teacher Apprenticeship Program of Study (RTAPS), an online curriculum created by faculty fellows within the Institute for Competency-Based Teacher Education (ICBTE).

Coming Fall 2025:

Once the curriculum is finalized you will see a comprehensive list of EPPs providing RTAPS, what programs they offer, and next steps for EPPs who are interested in integrating this curriculum.

 

Goals:

GOAL #1: Increase Program Access and Quality

  • Faculty Fellows collaborate in developing RTAPS, shaping online competency-based curriculum
  • Implement virtual simulation technology to standardize rigor and practice opportunities

GOAL #2: Enhance Teacher Apprenticeship Sustainability

  • Participate in the application of competency-based assessment for credit
  • Explore innovative pathways for prior learning recognition
  • Ensure consistency and validity of apprenticeship credit earned on the job

GOAL #3: Support Rural Education Access

  • Enable teacher apprenticeships in rural districts with small numbers of learners
  • Contribute to scholarship and reports demonstrating the impact of apprenticeships

 

Institute for Competency-based Teacher Education (ICBTE): a service organization comprised of teacher education faculty who serve voluntary 2-year terms to study, maintain, and improve RTAPS.

Collaboration involves cross-institutional partnerships, as Faculty Fellows create, maintain, and improve RTAPS.

ICBTE reduces or eliminates challenges to entering the teacher workforce by:

  1. Overcoming access challenges
  2. Honoring competencies over classroom time
  3. Leveraging technology

 

Faculty Fellows

 

Austin Peay State University

Lori Allen

Lori Allen
Coord. of Continuous Improvement,
College of Education

Laura Barnett

Laura Barnett
Assistant Professor,
College of Education

Christi Maldonado

Christi Maldonado
Assistant Professor,
College of Education

 

Allison Oliver

Allison Oliver
Assistant Professor,
College of Education

Donna Short

Donna Short
Assistant Professor,
College of Education

Bing Xiao

Bing Xiao
Assistant Professor,
College of Education

 


Lipscomb University

 

Leslie Cowell

Leslie Cowell
Dean, College of Education


Middle Tennessee State University

 

Shannon Harmon

Shannon Harmon
Associate Professor,
College of Education


UT Chattanooga

 

Stephanie Brennan

Stephanie Brennan
Lecturer and Grow Your Own Program Coordinator,
School of Education


UT Knoxville

 

Amelia Brown

Amelia Brown
Data Coordinator,
Office of Professional Licensure,
College of Education, Health and Human Sciences


UT Martin

 

Tammie Patterson

Tammie Patterson
Assistant Professor,
Department of Educational Studies

Laura Plunk

Laura Plunk
Lecturer,
Department of Educational Studies

Clinton Smith

Clinton Smith
Professor and Chair,
Department of Educational Studies

Alisa Wilson

Alisa Wilson
Assistant Professor,
Department of Educational Studies


UT Southern

 

Claire Paul

Claire Paul
Program Coordinator of
Special Education,
School of Education

Cindy Young

Cindy Young
Grow Your Own Coordinator,
School of Education

Registered Teacher Apprenticeship Program of Study (RTAPS): a curriculum for teacher apprentices that is a digital repository of assessments, rubrics, and aligned instructional materials.

RTAPS is an innovative, virtual, competency-based curriculum aimed at expanding access to high quality teacher education. This Open Education Resource (OER) curriculum will be aligned to InTASC standards, addressing the evolving needs of aspiring teachers.

Faculty Fellows from the Institute for Competency-based Teacher Education (ICBTE) have collaborated on the development of assessments, rubrics, mentor support resources and instructional materials.

Funds and technical support are available to integrate state of the art virtual simulation technology as a key component of RTAPS.

RTAPS expands access to high quality teacher education by:

  1. Providing secure access to standards-based curriculum for partnering Educator Preparation Providers (EPPs)
  2. Aligning curriculum to InTASC standards
  3. Creating digitally available resources for partnering EPPs to adopt and implement in both Grow Your Own and non-Grow Your Own programming across the state

Partners

 

Key Milestones

Jan. 5, 2024–Dec. 31, 2025

  • Length of Institute for Competency-based Teacher Education (ICBTE) fellowship

Academic Year 2024–25

  • Version 1 of materials piloted

Fall 2025

  • Version 2 published

By Dec. 31, 2025

  • Faculty Fellows develop assessments and instructional materials equivalent to 48 credit hours
  • Registered Teacher Apprenticeship Program of Study (RTAPS) completed

 

Press Releases

RTAPS Resources

This Discovery Deck provides an overview of the Discovery phase of the RTAPS project in partnership with iDesign.