STEM teacher preparation program
JacksTeach is a replication site of the UTeach Institute, a nationally recognized STEM teacher preparation program. As a student in the program, you will earn a four-year bachelor's degree and a secondary teaching certification without adding any additional semesters of coursework.
Immersing you in a curriculum geared toward STEM education and connecting you with master teachers, JacksTeach ensures you graduate prepared for a variety of career options, including teaching, business, industry or continued study.
"Our focus is on the support of JacksTeach students as they navigate through their own education to a career in teaching," said Dr. Lesa Beverly, co-director of JacksTeach and professor and chair of the Department of Mathematics and Statistics. "We will provide mentoring and encourage a strong sense of community among the JacksTeach students while they are at SFA and after they enter their own classrooms."
Dedicated to learning about learning
Whether you are interested in STEM teaching or unsure if it is the career for you, JacksTeach provides the opportunity to explore the possibilities.
- Earn your science or mathematics degree and your secondary teacher certification simultaneously.
- Approved certificate areas include chemistry (grades 7-12), life science (grades 7-12), mathematics (grades 7-12) and physical science (grades 6-12).
- Work closely with experienced STEM faculty and master teachers.
- Be part of a STEM community dedicated to learning about learning.
- Inspire students to pursue STEM.
- Facilitate hands-on STEM learning while invoking student curiosity.
- Develop résumé strengthening skills.
Who can participate?
Any STEM major with at least three years remaining until graduation who has decided to pursue secondary certification can participate. We also encourage students who are unsure about teaching but curious about doing so to visit with JacksTeach co-directors/master teachers.
Course details and tuition rebates
The first course in the JacksTeach program gives students the opportunity to explore STEM teaching as a career option by taking part in a one-hour class that includes visits to area schools. In the JacksTeach Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching course, pairs of students present lessons to local elementary students and experience teaching firsthand in real classrooms. The course is interactive and project-based, focusing on community development and service learning. No exams, quizzes or finals. Tuition reimbursements are provided to all students who successfully complete the course with a B or better, with additional scholarships and internships possible for those who continue to progress toward certification. STEP 1 is offered each fall and spring semester.