Why UALRTeach?

 UALRTeach offers:

  • The best of both worlds – a degree and teaching license in four years
  • Additional career options upon graduation
  • An immersive teaching experience that begins your very first semester
  • Mentorships with experienced teachers
  • Valuable skills sought by every industry
  • An opportunity to make a lasting impact in the classroom and beyond

Arkansas has a critical shortage of highly qualified science and math teachers. (Source: The Arkansas Department of Education).  According to the 2011 Title II Higher Education Act Report only 34 new Arkansas teacher licenses were issued in science and 62 in mathematics during 2010.

 

While the numbers of science and math educators prepared at UALR has been slowly increasing, program graduation totals are insufficient to meet the need for licensed teachers in the STEM areas.
UALRTeach initially focuses on introducing undergraduate science and/or math majors to teaching by actively recruiting these students and providing the two initial “recruitment” courses at no charge. In addition to early and active recruitment, a unique collaborative partnership between the College of Education and the College of Science allows students to obtain a degree in their discipline, a minor in education and a teaching license in their field of study within a four year degree plan.In response to this serious shortage and to Governor Beebe’s STEMWorks Initiative identifying a critical need to increase the number of new, certified, secondary STEM teachers, the University of Arkansas at Little Rock has implemented ULARTeach. This innovative teacher preparation program is modeled after the successful and nationally recognized UTeach program at the University of Texas at Austin.Traditionally one significant barrier to attracting science and mathematics majors into teaching has been the requirement of an additional year of coursework.The philosophy underlying the design of the UALRTeach instructional program is that, by combining individualized coaching, intensive teaching experiences in K-12 classrooms, and relevant science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) content, students’ knowledge and skills will develop at an accelerated rate. This approach translates into a curriculum, unique in content and sequence, that allows students to obtain a STEM field degree and secondary teaching certification in four years.The National Math and Science Initiative, led by private donors such as Exxon Mobil Corporation, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the Michael and Susan Dell Foundation, offers several explanations why UTeach is so important.  Click on the link for more information (National Math and Science Initiative).