Secondary STEM Education at Boise State University
Part of the influential UTeach network, IDoTeach is an innovative secondary STEM teacher preparation program at Boise State University. The program attracts talented science, engineering, and mathematics majors, blending cutting-edge disciplinary coursework with early inquiry-based teaching experiences led by master teachers to meet the need for highly qualified and motivated STEM teachers.
A big thanks to the Micron Foundation for the generous financial support they provide.
- Teaching experiences in K-12 classrooms starting in the first course
- Valuable scholarship, fellowship, and apprenticeship opportunities
- Rigorous content-area degrees make graduates highly competitive for STEM jobs
- Interdisciplinary collaboration across the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Education, and Engineering
7 Reasons to Become a STEM Teacher
- Make a Difference – there’s nothing like helping a young person build confidence, skills, and new insights that will help them achieve their goals
- Work Where You Want – STEM teachers are in high demand. Chances are, you’ll have options to teach just about anywhere in the U.S.
- Get Paid to Learn – great teachers are constantly learning about their subject, their students, and how the world is changing
- Laugh Every Day – adolescents are funny, and they may appreciate your jokes more than you think
- Do It Your Way – teachers develop individual styles, making important decisions about how to teach new topics and structure their classroom
- Spend Time with Family – teachers’ schedules often match their children’s, and the intense school year is balanced by some time in the summer to recharge
- Stay Active – this is no desk job, and there are many opportunities to feed off the energy of your students
Signature Introductory Course
If you’re interested in trying out the IDoTeach program, please get in touch, talk with an adviser, and consider taking the signature 1-credit introductory course:
- STEM-ED 101 Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching (1 credit; Fall/Spring)
- Step 1 Flyer (PDF)
New in 2015-2016: IDoTeach Living-Learning Community
Planning to live on campus? The College of Education Residential College invites applicants to join the IDoTeach LLC. The program will accomodate up to 28 students incoming freshman, with preference for those enrolled in IDoTeach or otherwise interested in STEM education. Dr. Joe Champion (mathematics education specialist) and family will serve as the Faculty in Residence, with Athena Herman, sophomore IDoTeach chemistry major, serving as Program Assistant.
What Graduates Say
IDoTeach is new, but graduates of other UTeach programs have shared some of the ways this approach has inspired and supported them to explore their passion for teaching and learning STEM.