In the spring of 2015, the Community Foundation awarded a grant to the University of Alabama at Birmingham to support UABTeach. UABTeach is an innovative program that lets undergraduate students majoring in math or science receive both their subject matter degree and full teaching certification in four years at no extra time or cost. The program is beginning its third year and is experiencing record growth.
Here is an article from UAB News for more information about the program:
UABTeach Preparing a new force of highly qualified science, technology, engineering and mathematics teachers to enter classrooms throughout Alabama is an ambitious initiative, and an increasing number of University of Alabama at Birmingham students are up for the challenge.
This past fall, 142 students enrolled in the program’s introductory course, a 73 percent increase from the previous year. Fifty percent of those students moved on to Step 2 of the program.
“When you consider that many of these students had never thought about teaching before, this is incredibly encouraging,” said Lee Meadows, Ph.D., associate professor in the UAB School of Education and UABTeach co-director. Their on-campus training is centered around methods of inquiry-based learning, instead of traditional lecturing, which encourages students to explore and find answers on their own. Right out of the gate, our Step 1 course gives UABTeach students the opportunity to experience teaching by placing them in a fourth- or fifth-grade classroom with a partner. This offers students firsthand exposure to teaching to see if it’s a good fit for them.”
UABTeach is the only program of its kind in Alabama. It allows undergraduate students with STEM majors to simultaneously receive both a degree in their declared major and a full teaching certification to teach at the high school level in just four years. The popularity of the program among students has resulted in the addition of students majoring in neuroscience, biomedical sciences, chemical education and mathematical reasoning to become eligible to enroll in the program. More….