UAteach Courses

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ARSC 1201-Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching 

This 1-credit-hour class meets once a week and  includes 5 visits to a local public school.  In this course, you will learn the elements of an  inquiry-based lesson. You and a partner will be  matched with a mentor teacher in a 3rd-6th grade class  for teaching your lessons at a time that fits both your  schedules.

ARSC 1221-Step 2: Inquiry – Based Lesson Design 

This 1-credit-hour class meets once a week and  includes 5 visits to a local public school.  In this course, you will improve your teaching skills,  develop lesson plans and gain experience teaching in  grades 6 through 8. In subsequent UAteach courses,  your experience will be at the high school level.

UAteach Courses Following Step 1 & 2 

STEM 2103: Knowing and Learning in Science and  Mathematics – 3 credit-hours
This course draws on scholarship in educational psychology to provide a firm foundation for the teaching of science and mathematics by exploring what it means to know and understand in these disciplines, and how that influences instructional methods and assessment. Prerequisite: ARSC 1201 or instructor consent.

STEM 2203: Classroom Interactions – 3 credit-hours
This course examines the interplay between teachers, students, and content, and how such interactions enable students to develop deep conceptual understanding of science and mathematics in secondary schools. Students learn a variety of instructional strategies to engage students of diverse backgrounds, acknowledging that quality instruction should reach all learners. Prerequisite: ARSC 1201 and ARSC 1221 (Step 1 and Step 2 courses of the UTeach sequence) or instructor consent.

STEM 3303: Project-Based Instruction in Science and  Mathematics Classrooms – 3 credit-hours
This teacher preparation course focuses on the integration of mathematics and science concepts in project-based lessons to model ways used by scientists, mathematicians, and engineers in addressing real world problems. Each student team will design and teach a project-based unit and evaluate its effectiveness in a secondary classroom. Prerequisite: STEM 2203 or instructor consent.

BIOL/CHEM/PHYS 3273: Research Methods – 3  credit-hours
A project-based course for prospective science and mathematics teachers utilizing scientific research methods and inquiry to solve research problems. Prerequisite: ARSC 1201 and ARSC 1221, junior standing and honors.

MATH 2903: Functions, Foundations and Modeling  (for math education students only) – 3 credit-hours
An in-depth study of topics from secondary school mathematics, emphasizing the development of the concept function, function patterns in data sets, connections among the main topics associated with a secondary school curriculum, and the appropriate use of technology. Pre-or Corequisite: MATH 2564.

STEM 4333: Perspectives on Science and Mathematics  – 3 credit-hours
Perspectives on Science and Mathematics explores knowledge generation in the sciences along with consideration of mathematics by referencing the philosophy, history and methods of these disciplines. The course is designed to prepare future teachers with the background, rationales and strategies necessary to enhance student knowledge and interest in these areas.

STEM 4409: Teaching Internship – 9 credit-hours;  final semester
Supervised Clinical Teaching is the apprenticeship experience for UTeach students preparing for careers as mathematics and science teachers. Student interns will teach at the secondary level with mentoring provided by university supervisors and experienced classroom educators. The required seminar will address experiences, questions and problems encountered in the field. Prerequisite: ARSC 1201, ARSC 1221, STEM 2013, STEM 2203 and STEM 3303.