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The goal of the CAPS Outreach Center is to provide services to individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds to prepare them to succeed in postsecondary or professional academic programs. To accomplish this goal, the CAPS Outreach Center provides activities to strengthen the math and science skills of students interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields; to assist students in succeeding in pre-college preparation, college admissions, and financial aid application processes; and ultimately, to provide the skills and motivation necessary for completing college graduation requirements. Similar activities also assist adults and military veterans who have no baccalaureate degrees.


The Center for Children’s and Young Adult Literature is guided by the belief that literature is essential to the literacy, learning, social, emotional and aesthetic development of young people.  The center’s mission is to celebrate and promote literature and to encourage reading through outreach to children and their parents, to current and future teachers and librarians, to members of the community, and to scholars and thinkers across disciplines.

The Center for Educational Leadership is the centerpiece of a leadership development system that is purposefully and aggressively growing the next generation of outstanding leaders for our schools. The center takes an innovative multi-disciplinary approach to school leadership development and integrates research-tested education leadership theory with proven, effective practice.

The Center for Enhancing Education in Mathematics and Sciences (CEEMS) serves as the organizational unit for projects related to mathematics and science education and the discovery of new strategies that generate effective STEM education in the P–16 arena. CEEMS serves as an interdisciplinary base for the development of proposals to secure external funding for STEM education projects. The intention of the Center is to use these funds not only to prepare effective P–12 STEM teachers, but also to identify, implement, and evaluate the efficacy of novel training strategies and lesson plans that serve the goals of P–16 education in the State of Tennessee.

The mission of the Center for Literacy, Education, and Employment is to support continuous improvement in the fields of education and workforce development through training, resources, advocacy, and research.

The Center for Physical Activity and Health is dedicated to promoting physical activity and helping individuals enhance their health, fitness, and quality of life.

The Center for Sport, Peace, and Society is a unique and groundbreaking collaboration between the University of Tennessee and the nonprofit organization Sport 4 Peace. The center combines the tradition of academic excellence associated with the university and its commitment to quality research with twenty years of international sports exchange experience through the efforts of Sport 4 Peace.

The Center for the Study of Youth and Political Conflict was founded on the belief that much can be done to better understand the way young people experience political conflict and to strengthen efforts to assist them in leading constructive lives. The center engages in research, interventions, program evaluations, and dissemination of information about youth and political conflict. The goal of all our work is to provide research-based information for practitioners and policy-makers who seek to address the needs of this unique population.

Established in June 1998, the Center on Deafness provides an array of research and collaborative partnership opportunities related to deafness and disability issues. The center focuses on disseminating knowledge and effective practices related to deafness, establishing and maintaining professional networks, and collaborating with academic and service programs.

The Culinary Institute offers various programs for those looking to increase their culinary knowledge. Whether you wish to expand your career opportunities or just increase your food knowledge, there is a class for you.

The mission of the ELC is to generate knowledge and practices that improve the field of early education. We are committed to engaging in meaningful, interdisciplinary research that makes a difference in the lives of children and families, preparing high quality early childhood teachers, and providing exemplary early education programs.

The Institute for Assessment and Evaluation (IAE) is an applied research and development community providing leadership in the field of education assessment and evaluation. The IAE group is dedicated to the development and implementation of effective strategies and technologies for assessing and evaluating educational organizations, instruction, and programs.

The Korn Learning, Assessment, and Social Skills (KLASS) Center was established to assist students who struggle with the development of basic academic skills, as well as the social skills, needed to succeed in school. The center serves preschool to college-aged students, offering an array of programs and services designed to help these students achieve academic success and gain confidence in their ability to address their own academic challenges.

The Rocky Top Institute provides students with experiential learning opportunities in areas such as product development, brand management, and marketing while strengthening their leadership, creativity, and business skills.

VolsTeach is a program that emphasizes early and on-going field based experiences while students are working to attain a bachelor degree in math or a science. Our program is a replication site of the UTeach Program from the University of Texas, Austin, a nationally recognized secondary math and science teacher-preparation program.

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