UTeach Columbus introduces science, math students to teaching
UTeach Columbus is an innovative program involving mathematics, science and education faculty at Columbus State University and teaching experts in local schools. Together, these faculty and teaching practitioners will prepare CSU students for an exciting career in mathematics or science. This program allows participating students to acquire a deep understanding of their fields of study; explore mathematics or science teaching as a career; and develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions needed for teaching. Upon completion of the program, students will earn a CSU degree in biology, chemistry, earth and space science, or mathematics and be qualified to teach in a middle school or high school after passing the appropriate state certification examinations.
Six reasons to become a math or science teacher
Engage the kids!
Experience the excitement of helping students achieve those “Aha” moments. You can't imagine a better way to spend your day than working with young adults and making a real difference in their lives.
Discover how the natural world works
Science and math help us make sense of how the world works. Share your fascination with these topics with your students!
Experience lifelong learning
As a teacher, you will have many opportunities to update your training and also opportunities to learn more about math and science. Teachers can attend conferences, take classes and even do summer internships in the U.S. and abroad!
Never get bored!
When you teach, each day brings something new. The challenges of teaching math and science to today's youth are exciting!
Give back to the community
Teaching gives you an opportunity to shape and prepare young minds as they grow, helping them develop their talents and abilities.
Build a stronger America
America's standing in math and science has been on the decline. Be a part of building a strong, competitive generation.
Try it out; see if teaching is for you!
Enroll in UTCH 1201 Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching and try out teaching. You will obtain first-hand experience with planning and teaching inquiry-based math or science lessons in elementary classrooms. A veteran classroom teacher will guide and mentor you through this entire experience.
Take advantage of lots of personal and financial support
Personal support is provided throughout the program by master teachers (CSU faculty members who are experienced secondary math or science teachers), mentor teachers (local K-12 teachers) and UTeach Columbus faculty.
Financial support is available through federal loans, grants, scholarships and internships.
Contact us at UTeachColumbus@ColumbusState.edu for more information.
Congratulations to Tim Jones (UTeach Graduate 2014) and Carrie Ann Sharitt (CSU graduate 2014 in Secondary Science) who were awarded the Maitland P. Simmons Memorial Award for New Teachers. The National Science Teachers Association awards up to 25 (K-12) teachers who are in their first five years of teaching with funds to attend the annual National Conference on Science Education. The $1,000 award helped defray the costs of attending the conference in Chicago, Illinois, March 11 – 15, 2015. The recipients were invited to attend a variety of workshops and presentations of particular interest to new teachers.
To be eligible, a teacher must have taught less than five years full-time, be an NSTA member in good standing, and, if possible, have been a student member of NSTA as a pre-service teacher.
Tim and Carrie were honored at the Teacher Awards Banquet which is held during the NSTA conference.
Tim is a teacher at Harris County High School in Hamilton, Georgia. He teaches biology, physical science, and chemistry in grades 9-12. In January 2015, Tim was recognized as the Pitsco Education Teacher of the Month. His accomplishments were also recognized by the College of Education and Health Professions at Columbus State University with the Science Education Alumni Award in April 2016.
Carrie is a teacher at Duluth High School in Duluth, Georgia. She teaches general biology and honors biology in grades 9-12.
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