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updated 9/27/2012 6:29:21 PM ET
Welcome to UTeaChattanooga! UTC College of Arts and Sciences
UTeaChattanooga is an innovative program that encourages students to develop a deep understanding of mathematics and science through a major in these areas, explore mathematics and science teaching through hands-on teaching experience with master secondary teachers, and graduate from UTC in four years with a degree in mathematics, science or engineering, and licensure to teach high school, attend graduate school, or pursue a career in mathematics or science.
Your First Courses are Risk Free!
The first two courses, Step 1 and Step 2, are one-hour courses that offer an excellent introduction to teaching, are taught by experienced teachers, and get you in the classroom working with students from the very beginning of your program. And when you successfully complete each course you will receive a stipend!
Increase your career opportunities with no extra time
In the same four years it takes you to complete a degree in mathematics, science or engineering with all the resulting career opportunities, you can also earn certification as a secondary mathematics or science teacher.
Enjoy a supportive environment
You will be a member of a supportive community, with master teachers (UTC faculty who are veteran teachers), mentor teachers (teachers in local K-12 schools), UTeaChattanooga faculty and staff, and other UTeaChattanooga students.
Experience a Well-Tested Model of Teacher Training
UTC's UTeaChattanooga program is one of many programs across the country replicating the successful UTeach program at the University of Texas at Austin, a program that has significantly increased the number of highly qualified high school mathematics and science teachers.
How Important are Teachers? Especially Math/Science Teachers?
"... after parents, the biggest impact on a child's success comes from the man or woman at the front of the classroom. In South Korea, teachers are known as 'nation builders.' Here in America, it's time we treated the people who educate our children with the same level of respect.
...And over the next ten years..., we want to prepare 100,000 new teachers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. In fact, to every young person listening tonight who's contemplating their career choice: If you want to make a difference in the life of our nation; if you want to make a difference in the life of a child – become a teacher. Your country needs you."
-- from President Obama's State of the Union speech, January 24, 2011