WVUteach is increasing the number of highly qualified high school STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) teachers by providing collegiate STEM students the opportunity to explore the profession of teaching in a hands-on environment with a compact, flexible path to licensure.
Q: Who is the partner of WVUteach?A: WVUteach is a UTeach program replication site, which is a national initiative aiming to recruit university STEM students to become secondary education STEM teachers. Currently, UTeach has expanded to 45 universities in 21 states and the District of Columbia. UTeach program graduates are projected to teach more than 4 million secondary STEM students by 2022.
Q: What is the value of WVUteach to West Virginia?A: Once students complete the program, they will have fulfilled the qualifications to be eligible for secondary teaching certifications by the West Virginia Department of Education in tandem with each student's 4-year STEM degree. The program will have a tremendous impact on the statewide shortage of STEM teachers by introducing more and more qualified secondary education science and math teachers into West Virginia schools.
Q: Why is this a natural partnership with the Center for Excellence in STEM Education?A: The need to increase the number of STEM teachers, especially in science and mathematics, is a statewide concern across West Virginia. According to the West Virginia Board of Education, nearly one in every 18 West Virginia classrooms is led by an individual who is not a certified teacher. WVUteach is a unique university-based secondary STEM teacher preparation program that answers the critical need to place qualified STEM teachers in classrooms across the state. The program requires partnership and coordination across WVU colleges/schools and disciplines, therefore it is housed in the cross-unit Center for Excellence in STEM Education.
Q: What is the goal of WVUteach?A: To recruit and prepare more highly qualified high school teachers by providing STEM students the opportunity to explore the profession of teaching in STEM fields in a hands-on way, addressing the state- and nationwide shortage of qualified K-12 STEM teachers.
The WVUteach grant, with funding generously provided by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the National Math and Science Initiative, and in partnership with the UTeach Institute, is on track to produce 41 graduates per year, who will go on to teach approximately 6,150 secondary school students per year.