STEM teacher preparation program
JacksTeach is a replication site of the UTeach, 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 costs
In the one-hour Step 1 course, students learn how to write effective lesson plans. Engaging inquiry-based lessons in science and math will be modeled and practiced. Students will present three lessons within an upper elementary classroom.
During Step 2, students continue to develop their lesson planning skills while integrating technology in this one-hour course. Three lessons will be taught in a middle school math or science classroom.
Each class meets once per week with no exams, quizzes or finals required.
Scholarships are provided to all students who successfully complete Step 1 and Step 2 courses with a B or better. You may explore teaching through these courses and earn your scholarship(s) without making a long-term commitment.
Additional scholarships and internships are available for those who decide to complete the remaining JacksTeach courses required for certification.