With an increasing demand for individuals prepared in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM), one university responded to this call by changing its teacher preparation program. Better-prepared mathematics and science teachers have the opportunity to engage and excite students, thereby preparing and promoting more of them to enter the STEM professions. The described program is a replication of the national UTeach model that recruits content majors in mathematics and science to explore the teaching profession during a first-semester course that includes an early field experience in the elementary grades. This field experience is designed to be engaging for both the teacher education candidates and the elementary students in an effort to demonstrate the joy of teaching and to retain the candidates in the program. The ultimate goal of the program is to increase the production of quality secondary mathematics and science teachers who can transfer their own deep understanding of their content to students so that these students will be career and college ready in the STEM disciplines.
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Bunn, G.; Dailey, D.; and Cotabish, A.
"STEMteach: Preparing the Next Generation of Mathematics and Science Teachers,"
Journal of Mathematics and Science: Collaborative Explorations: Vol. 15
, Article 12.
Available at: https://scholarscompass.vcu.edu/jmsce_vamsc/vol15/iss1/12