Why UTeach is Right for You
UTeach is designed to give both undergraduate students and degree holders the opportunity to explore the profession of teaching in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) in a hands-on way. In the very first semester, students work in pairs to develop and teach lessons in a local classroom. Learn more about early field experiences in UTeach.
UTeach participants Garrett and Kira discovered their passion for teaching science and math by trying out UTeach. They prepared for two careers at once, a STEM-based career and teaching, in a streamlined pathway to a bachelor's degree and a teaching certification.
"I think one of the main positives that will come out of the Covid-19 pandemic is the preparedness, understanding, and range of tools available in education. No matter the situation, the tools and knowledge are available to allow for remote learning under nearly any conditions. Gone are the days of having a day off due to inclement weather, or missing school for a minor illness. Missed the bus? Zoom into class. Not sure what is due by the end of the week? Check Canvas/Blackboard. The exploration of new technologies to assist with education during quarantine has provided ample methods for students to learn (whether they want to or not) under any circumstances.” -Logan A Roettger 2020
You Should Know
1. All students must undergo a criminal history background check. This is required for all field experiences and before a district can employ you as an educator. If you have been convicted of an offense that is considered not appropriate for an educator, you could be ineligible to earn certification in the state of Texas.
Details about potential eligibility of persons with a criminal history can be found in the Texas Administrative Code, §249.16: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/sbecrules/tac/chapter249/ch249b.pdf
You have a right to request a preliminary criminal history evaluation letter from the Texas Education Agency before admission into this program. The Texas Education Agency currently charges a fee for this criminal history Evaluation. More information on the Preliminary Criminal History Evaluation may be found at https://tea.texas.gov/Texas_Educators/Investigations/Preliminary_Criminal_History_Evaluation-FAQs/
2. All educators must adhere to the Texas Educator Code of Ethics (Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 247, http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/sbecrules/tac/chapter247/ch247.html#247.2). Educators may be dismissed from the program for violations of this Code of Ethics.