UTeach originated at The University of Texas at Austin in 1997. The UTeach program enables students majoring in math, science, or computer science to receive full teaching certification without adding time or cost to their degrees.
Some 82 percent of the UTeach graduate hires are still teaching after five years, compared with 65 percent nationally. About 45 percent of the UTeach graduates teach in high-needs schools. The national replication process is directed by NMSI in conjunction with the UTeach Institute.
The UTeach Program has been replicated across the country and UCCS was the 22nd school to install the program. Recently, the UTeach Program was selected by Change the Equation as one of only seven national programs designed to revolutionize STEM education.
THE PROBLEM: The U.S. is failing to produce and retain sufficient numbers of qualified math and science teachers to keep America internationally competitive. It is estimated that the U.S. will need 200,000 more math and science teachers by 2015. Talented math and science teachers with strong content knowledge are urgently needed to help students reach their potential.
THE NMSI SOLUTION: The UTeach program aims to recruit and train math and science teachers and transform the way universities prepare teachers. UTeach produces teachers who are confident and competent in their subject matter. This pace-setting program was developed at the University of Texas at Austin in 1997 and has proved such a success that the model is being replicated nationwide by the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) in conjunction with the UTeach Institute.
UTEACH HAS A TRACK RECORD OF RESULTS: UTeach has produced a steady increase in the number of highly trained teachers with a strong background in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects. Approximately 88% of UTeach graduates go directly into teaching, despite having credentials for many other opportunities. The retention rate among UTeach graduates is at 80% after five years of teaching, compared to fewer than 65% nationally. UTeach draws academically talented students into the teaching profession. Student's GPAs compare favorably to that of their peers in colleges of mathematics and natural science; as well as students in traditional education degree programs.
ONE DEGREE, TWO CAREERS: UCCS Teach is a collaborative program shared by the College of Education and the College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. It offers undergraduate university students the opportunity to earn a bachelor's degree in mathematics or science and a Colorado teaching license.
TRY IT TO SEE IF YOU LIKE IT: The UCCSTeach program steeps math and science majors in real world experience from the outset. The two initial courses introduce UCCSTeach students to effective math and science teaching through inquiry-based lesson design. These courses are taught by experienced Master Teachers, who know firsthand the challenge sof teaching math and science in public schools. These courses put students in local elementary and middle school settings where they observe and lead inquiry-based lessons. This early immersion into the exciting and challenging world of teaching helps students see right away whether the profession is a good fit for them.
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