Answering the Call to Improve STEM Education: A STEM Teacher Preparation Program

Debbie Dailey, Gary Bunn, Alicia Cotabish

Abstract


This study examined a program that gives undergraduate candidates options for teacher certification. Candidates in STEM majors were recruited in order to provide them with a compact, flexible, and innovative option for adding teacher licensure to their bachelor degrees. This program used early field experiences that allow candidates to practice inquiry-focused teaching during their first class in an effort to expose them to the teaching profession and to secure their commitments to earning a teaching license in mathematics or science. The purpose of the study was to uncover the variables that contributed to this initial growth. The researchers found that candidates were highly satisfied with the program and were completing the first course with motivation to continue in the program.

Keywords


teacher preparation, STEM education, undergraduate education

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