At UTC, we know that the traditional way of preparing teachers (article reviews, group discussions, limited opportunities to study in classrooms) does not equip new teachers to meet the needs of all of students in all schools.
That’s why we built a program that offers new teachers the opportunity to practice in classrooms while learning the content needed for effective teaching. UTC offers three different master’s tracks: elementary, secondary literacy and secondary math. Each degree comes with a second focus on special education.
Dionn Brown, UTC Director of STEM Instruction, explains how the secondary math program is unique in the field.
“STEM subjects are so engaging. It is curiosity meets exploration and invites students on an adventure. I have discovered through my interaction with novice teachers, that many did not have an opportunity to experience mathematics and science in an affirming and engaging way. It really is a perception problem. They think they lack the skills to be successful.
At UTC, we have 15 months to tinker around the wiring of their synapses and challenge their perception of themselves as learners and doers of mathematics. We have 15 months to begin to lay down new memory about what an effective mathematics classroom looks and sounds like. We simulate early counting experiences of 5 year olds in a kindergarten classroom. We divide fractions with the use of pattern blocks in a grade 5 classroom. We facilitate a mathematics discussion routine in a high school geometry classroom. During those same 15 months they co-teach in a math classroom with a host teacher. They also get three years of one-on-one coaching with a math coach. This is radically different in the field of teacher preparation.”
Sound delicious? It is! Join us for a job shadow day on Oct. 31, 2014 in DC, or a webinar on Nov. 10, 2014, or a Happy Hour in Baltimore on Nov. 13 at 6:30PM. Our next application deadline is Monday, November 17, 2014. You can apply on our website. Please email us if you have any questions.