UABTeach—Recruiting and Training a New Generation of STEM Teachers
The UABTeach program is designed to nurture and train a new teaching force of highly qualified instructors in STEM subjects—science, engineering, technology, and math. Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Education, and the School of Engineering, UABTeach lets undergraduate students majoring in math, science, or computer science receive both their subject matter degree and full teaching certification in four years at no extra time or cost.
The first program of its kind in Alabama, UABTeach is designed to address some very specific problems facing the state. Alabama faces a critical time in science and mathematics teacher preparation. The ranks of veteran teachers continue to shrink while many undergraduates majoring in STEM fields find the traditional pathways to becoming a teacher unattractive. But many sectors of Alabama’s growing economy will soon demand a whole new influx of STEM workers to be successful. The state has a significant need for more talented middle and high school math and science teachers, including those knowledgeable about computer science and engineering, to teach and guide those future workers.
The ProgramThe UABTeach program will welcome its first students in the 2014 Fall Semester. We invite you to read more about the program.
UABTeach is modeled on the very successful UTeach model first developed in 1997 at The University of Texas at Austin. It is supported with funding from the UTeach Institute, the National Math and Science Initiative, and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.