should you consider
teacher certification through UTeach-CS?
Because UTeach-CS is:
- an unique, tailored
provides computer science students the opportunity to pursue their
undergraduate degree and a secondary teaching certificate at the same
additional hours are required since core degree requirement and
elective hours within the CS degree plan are utilized for the education
courses taken. Most UTeach freshmen and sophomores can still graduate
in four years.
- CS students
pursuing certification through
UTeach receive the same degree
as those who do not.
- The first two
courses are free-of-charge. They
are called, appropriately enough, Step 1
They are one-hour courses in which students have the opportunity to
write and teach lessons in elementary and middle schools.
- Step 1
2 are offered as the test-drive
to teaching certification. Students get early field experience teaching
and are reimbursed the cost of tuition; participants will have a good
idea early on whether or not teaching suits them at no cost
- a smart
certification is a plus when applying to graduate school. Graduate
school admissions officials assume candidates who can explain
concepts to others have a better understanding of the content
themselves. In addition, graduate schools often require students to
serve as instructors in order to obtain financial assistance.
- In an
unpredictable economy, it is ideal to
have two career options. Teaching is relatively
the pay may not be competitive with industry, the benefits are.
salaries in Austin-area schools range from $40k - $45k for a nine-month
work period. Teachers get summers off, multiple holiday vacations,
benefits in place of social security, etc. Teaching allows for a
lifestyle to pursue travel, family, hobbies, volunteer work,
- Teaching is a socially
responsible and community-oriented
career path. Don’t want to be a codemonkey in a cube? Want to effect
change? Want to positively impact the community where you grew up or
where your family lives? Become a teacher.
- The need for CS
teachers is huge.
Texas needs around 2,800 of them to offer a computer science class to
every high school student, but only has roughly 960 currently able to
teach. So graduates can often pick a state, pick a region, pick a city,
and often even an individual school and get the job they want.
- teeming with
Texas Foundation scholarships - $1,000 for taking Step 1 and Step 2.
Possibly a set number of these are reserved for CS students.
- AISD Scholarship
pays $5,000 over the final 4
semesters of the program (with no commitment
to teach in AISD)
Scholarships pay full tuition and a
stipend for up to 2 years (averaging on the order of about $10,000 per
paid internships: UTeach pays you to perform what would otherwise be
volunteer work emphasizing education and the community.
- many, many more
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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0959827. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recomendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF).
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