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IDoTeach Courses

The IDoTeach program includes a carefully-designed sequence of courses to prepare a wide-range of STEM majors to be highly effective secondary teachers. Courses emphasize scientific research on teaching and learning, inquiry-based teaching practices, and experience as a teaching apprentice in real classrooms.

STEM-ED 101 Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching

1 credit, Fall or Spring

Theory and practice necessary to design and deliver inquiry-based math and science instruction. Explore and practice the guided inquiry process, create lesson plans and implement them during visits to elementary classrooms. Fieldwork required.
– Course Catalog, 2017-2018

During the Course, Students Will:

  • Use your detective skills to help solve a mystery during the first day of class
  • Observe an elementary school teacher and their students in a local school
  • Participate in demonstration lessons conducted in class to gain an understanding of inquiry based teaching and learning
  • Give teaching a try! You and a partner will design 3 short inquiry based lessons and will teach them to upper elementary school students

The best way to find out if teaching is right for you is to get into a classroom and try it out. Learning by doing is my mantra; I firmly believe we learn best when we are given opportunities to engage in first-hand experiences.Jan Smith, Master Teacher

STEM-ED 102 Step 2: Inquiry-based Lesson Design

1 credit, Fall or Spring

Continuation of STEM-ED 101. Develop skills in designing, teaching, analyzing, and assessing inquiry-based math and science lessons. Create lesson plans and implement them during visits to middle school classrooms. Fieldwork required. PREREQ: STEM-ED 101.
– Course Catalog, 2017-2018

During the Course, Students Will:

  • Design and teach 3 hands on inquiry lessons for middle school students
  • Infuse relevant and appropriate technology into lessons
  • Reflect using data to inform lesson revisions

Choosing to be a STEM educator could be one of the best decisions you make; there is nothing more rewarding than demystifying complex concepts. If you agree that math and science present amazing puzzles worth unraveling and you’re interested in living a life full of purpose and meaning, then this program may be the perfect fit for you! Tatia Totorica, Master Teacher

STEM-ED 210: Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science

3 credits, Fall, meets university DLS requirements

Introduction to theories and principles of cognition and learning and research on learning, memory, individual development, motivation and intelligence. Design lesson plans, instruction and assessment applying learning theory. Emphasis in mathematics and science learning. PREREQ: STEM-ED 101. COREQ: STEM-ED 102.
– Course Catalog, 2017-2018

During the Course, Students Will:

  • Learn about Nature vs. Nurture and their influences on intelligence
  • Develop your own understanding of what it means to understand an idea in mathematics, science, and engineering.
  • Interview students to probe their understanding of a topic of your choice, and learn about common misconceptions and how these get in the way of understanding.

In addition to being a great way to give back to your community, teaching is a great way to develop skills that you will use throughout your career and life like leadership and communication. Noah Salzman, Assistant Professor, Electrical & Computer Engineering & IDoTeach

STEM-ED 220: Perspectives on Science and Mathematics

3 credits, Fall, meets university DLL requirements

Introduction to the historical, social, and philosophical implications of math and science. Laboratory focuses on replication of significant discoveries. PREREQ: STEM-ED 210.
– Course Catalog, 2017-2018

During the Course, Students Will:

  • Learn about the historical and dynamic development of science
  • Explore how science has been shaped by practical needs, social conflicts, and individual personalities.
  • Prepare lesson plans incorporating historical science and mathematics content.

I was a previous Biology major who planned on pursuing graduate studies in Ecology. I ended up going into education a few years after completing my undergraduate program. A program like IDoTeach would have let me pursue my biology degree while simultaneously exploring education as a potential career. I wish my university had offered it. Michele Carney, IDoTeach Co-Director and Assistant Professor, Curriculum, Instruction and Foundational Studies

STEM-ED 310: Classroom Interactions

3 credits, Spring

Apply learning theories in instructional settings. Develop, implement and evaluate activities and strategies for teaching diverse student populations. Fieldwork required. PREREQ: Admission to IDoTeach Program, STEM-ED 210.
– Course Catalog, 2017-2018

During the Course, Students Will:

  • Prepare and design 3 lessons; to be co-taught with a content aligned partner in consecutive class periods in a high school math or science classroom.
  • Solve problems of math and science to better understand how to teach these subjects.
  • Apply theories of knowing, learning, inquiry, assessment, and equity into action in live classroom settings…find out what works and what doesn’t.
  • Analyze your teaching practices using video, feedback provided by supportive mentor and master teachers, literature, and self-assessment.

Teaching STEM in a secondary setting is one of the hardest, yet most rewarding careers one can choose. Come give it a try! Matt Wigglesworth, Master Teacher

STEM-ED 350: Research Methods

3 credits, Spring

Introduction to laboratory-based methods used by scientists and mathematicians with an application to math and science education. Design and implementation of laboratory investigations. Written and oral reports of results. PREREQ: PERM/ INST.
– Course Catalog, 2017-2018

During the Course, Students Will:

  • Conduct your own original research in your field of study
  • Learn how mathematicians, scientists, and engineers design experiments and collect and analyze data
  • Explore how researchers use statistics and modeling to understand data

The future of education will belong to the creative and empathetic teachers who never stop learning. If you want to make a difference in the lives of young people, now is a great time to challenge yourself by exploring the art and science of STEM teaching. Joe Champion, Assistant Professor, Mathematics

STEM-ED 370: Learning Assistant Seminar

1 credit, Fall or Spring

Course focuses on preparing and enhancing the capacity to act as a peer tutor. For students involved in the Learning Assistant peer tutoring program. May be repeated for credit.
– Course Catalog, 2017-2018

During the Course, Students Will:

  • Assist a mathematics or science course
  • Learn alongside peers and a university professor
  • Deepen your understanding of the core skills and ideas in a STEM domain

STEM-ED 410: Project-Based Instruction

3 credits, Fall

Methods used to implement and assess problem-based investigations in math and science classrooms. Fieldwork required. PREREQ: Admission to apprenticeship, STEM-ED 310.
– Course Catalog, 2017-2018

During the Course, Students Will:

  • Get a solid understanding of problem- and project-based curricula and teaching strategies.
  • Develop project-based instructional units and plan, implement, and analyze three-day problem-based teaching experiences in high school classrooms.
  • Participate in a day-long high school field experience specific to mathematics or science.

STEM-ED 480: Apprentice Teaching

6 credits, Spring

Teaching in the classroom under the mentorship of a teacher in the field. Fieldwork required. PREREQ: Admission to apprenticeship, STEM-ED 350, STEM-ED 410.
– Course Catalog, 2017-2018

During the Course, Students Will:

  • Teach 15 straight weeks (4 hours/day) in a public secondary education classroom, where students’ STEM subject area aligns with their content knowledge in engineering, math, or science.
  • Design and implement 2 instructional units, using a co-teach model with a supportive mentor teacher in the assigned field setting.
  • Participate in weekly seminars to reflect on field work and develop a portfolio that will prepare students for employment as an inservice teacher.