One degree, Two careers...
GeauxTeach Offers Infinite Possibilities
Quality math and science teachers are in high demand. GeauxTeach STEM allows students to pursue an undergraduate degree in biology, chemistry, mathematics, or physics AND earn secondary teaching certification at the same time. No additional hours are required since elective hours are used for education courses. Upon completing the GeauxTeach STEM program, you will have a BS degree in science or math AND be both certified and highly qualified to teach in that subject area. Although teaching is the goal for many of our students, some choose to pursue this concentration to become a distinguished communicator and to set themselves apart from other students who plan to enroll in graduate or professional schools.
GeauxTeach STEM Program Options
The undergraduate GeauxTeach STEM option is the route in which students majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, or Physics complete all teacher certification requirements as undergraduates. These four departments have Secondary Education concentrations that incorporate all of the pedagogy courses, and culminates with a full semester of student teaching under the guidance and mentorship of a certified teacher.
Alternative Certification STEM
The GeauxTeach STEM Alternative Certification option is open to students in any STEM department in the College of Science or the College of Engineering. It provides a route to teacher certification in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, or Physics. This program requires 5 pedagogy courses to be woven into your undergraduate program of studies. Following graduation you enter into a 1-year post baccalaureate Teaching Internship in which you are the sole instructor in the classroom, receiving full pay as a beginning teacher. This is the ideal route for students who might like to consider a switch to teaching sometime in the future, after beginning your career in your primary STEM field.
Alternative Certification Computer Science
The GeauxTeach STEM Alternative Certification for Computer Science option is specially designed for students majoring in Computer Science who might like the option of transitioning into teaching immediately after graduation or at some later time in their career. Students in this pathway take the CS with a Second Discipline: Education concentration offered in the Division of Computer Science and Engineering. As with the general Alternative Certification route, teacher certification requirements are completed following graduation in a 1-year paid internship.
Freshmen and Sophomores can try out GeauxTeach before making a commitment by enrolling in “Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Math and Science Teaching (SCI 2010), a one-credit hour introductory course. In this course, you will explore the world of education through theory and practice while working collaboratively to teach two lessons to elementary students in local schools.
Juniors and Seniors who are interested in trying GeauxTeach can enroll SCI 2012 (a combination of Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Math and Science Teaching and Step 2: Inquiry-Based Math and Science Lesson Design). In this course, students explore the field of education while working collaboratively to teach three lessons to 6th, 7th, or 8th-grade students in local middle schools. Upon completion of SCI 2012 (or both SCI 2010 and SCI 2011), juniors and seniors can choose between two pathways: the GeauxTeach STEM program, which is the traditional pathway for biology, chemistry, mathematics, or physics majors earning certification at the same time as graduation, or the STEM Alternative Certification program, a new pathway designed to get students to graduation quickly prior to securing a paid post-baccalaureate internship to earn a secondary certification in a STEM field.