Florida Tech UTeach Courses & Curriculum

In essence, there are two ways for students to take advantage of the Florida Tech UTeach program. First, they may elect to double-major in a field such as biology, chemistry or physics and STEM education, a secondary major specifically designed for students who know they want to become secondary math and science teachers. The second way for students to participate is by simply enrolling in one or both of the following introductory courses. These engaging single-credit courses are required of STEM education majors but they are also open to any student who wishes to learn more about the field of education and gain some early experience in teaching at Florida Institute of Technology, The STEM University with a Human Touch.

EDS 1502 | Inquiry Approaches to Teaching

This course provides each student with the opportunity to explore teaching in science or mathematics, early field experience in teaching and an introduction to the theory and practice that is necessary to design and deliver excellent instruction. To obtain first-hand experience with planning and implementing inquiry-based curriculum, students will teach science and mathematics lessons in elementary classrooms in the Brevard County School District. Students will attend one hour of class on campus each week, during which they will learn to design and deliver excellent science and mathematics lessons. Students, working in teams, will present three lessons in a third, fourth or fifth grade classroom during the semester. Classrooms are selected both for the diversity of the student body and for the quality of the classroom teacher. Each pair of students will have a mentor teacher who will work with them to improve their teaching abilities as the semester progresses. The mentor teacher will remain in the classroom at all times and provide immediate feedback on the quality of the instruction.

This course provides each student with the opportunity to explore teaching in science or mathematics, early field experience in teaching and an introduction to the theory and practice that is necessary to design and deliver excellent instruction. To obtain first-hand experience with planning and implementing inquiry-based curriculum, students will teach science and mathematics lessons in elementary classrooms in the Brevard County School District. Students will attend one hour of class on campus each week, during which they will learn to design and deliver excellent science and mathematics lessons. Students, working in teams, will present three lessons in a third, fourth or fifth grade classroom during the semester. Classrooms are selected both for the diversity of the student body and for the quality of the classroom teacher. Each pair of students will have a mentor teacher who will work with them to improve their teaching abilities as the semester progresses. The mentor teacher will remain in the classroom at all times and provide immediate feedback on the quality of the instruction.

EDS 1503 | Inquiry-Based Lesson Design

This course is the student's second step in exploring teaching in science or mathematics. Students enrolling in this course are assigned according to interest to a middle school mentor teacher. Focused on the middle school environment, the learning experience includes inquiry-based lesson analysis, design and assessment. It also includes observation and teaching a series of three quest inquiry-based lessons as part of a student team.

The UTeach Major: STEM Education

While Florida Tech UTeach itself is not a major, it is the common way we refer to our STEM education degree program. This secondary or "add-on" major is only available to students who are already enrolled in a primary STEM-related degree program, and it is especially designed to provide the in-depth studies and experiences needed by the secondary math and science teachers of the future. Other universities with UTeach programs may position their education curriculum as a minor, option or track. The Florida Tech UTeach program offers it as a full-fledged major so that every STEM student who wants to become a math or science teacher can graduate with not one but two degrees, ready for employment as a working scientist, mathematician, engineer or certified secondary teacher.

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While UTeach courses may be taken along with any STEM degree program offered at Florida Tech, four-year UTeach plans have been developed specifically for the following programs (so far):