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The UTeaChattanooga program at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga is proud to present their first cohort of graduates this May!
From left to right first image: Zach McCoy (Biology), Shelby Branum (Chemistry), Callie Sholl (Biology), Laura Pedersen (Chemistry), Angie Tsay (Biology)
The program is modeled after the UTeach program that originated at the University of Texas at Austin and enables students majoring in a science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) field to graduate with an additional teaching license in the same amount of time. The program began in 2010 and there are five students graduating this year with about 10 expected to graduate the following year. One of the best parts of the program is that students do not pay for their first 2 classes, allowing them to try out teaching before they commit to the program. "It wasn't until after Step 1 that I realized how much I enjoyed teaching and how much learning to teach taught me how to learn as a student", said one student. Three of the students will be going into teaching while the other two will be in other STEM related fields. When asked about their experience in the program, all five said that they gained valuable skills while enjoying their time in the classroom. They encouraged other students to try the program, saying, "Even if you are unsure or do not know whether this is right for you, just give it a chance! I did and it changed my life! You aren't risking or giving up anything, and you are gaining skills you will not gain through your science or math department alone. The UTeach program has pushed me to overcome the person I was and become an effective teacher, leader, team player, and employee." The UTeach program at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville is also graduating its first cohort of students this May. The other two UTeach programs in Tennessee are at Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Memphis and will begin graduating students next year.
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The AFCEA Educational Foundation is offering 50 scholarships of $5,000 each to students actively pursuing an undergraduate degree, graduate degree or credential/licensure for the purpose of teaching STEM (science, technology, engineering or math) subjects at a U.S. middle or secondary school. The scholarships are made possible by generous contributions from Booz Allen Hamilton, Terremark Worldwide, AFCEA International and several of AFCEA’s regional chapters.
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Letters will be mailed to the address that was provided on the application. Expect to receive letter by the end of the month.
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