This study explored the challenges facing 1st-year alternatively certified teachers of mathematics and science in urban middle schools. Four teachers, participants in the Robert Noyce Scholarship Program, were followed from preservice training through their 1st year of teaching, having taken part in innovative coursework, workshops, and internship training. Through focus groups, interviews, and classroom observations, data were collected to analyze their experiences in economically disadvantaged settings.
Recruiting Science Majors into Secondary Science Teaching: Paid Internships in Informal Science Settings
Over 3 years, 34 college science majors and undecided students were recruited into paid internships in informal science settings to consider secondary science teaching as a career. Analysis of interns’ subsequent career plans revealed the internships were not effective in recruiting the interns into the secondary science teacher education program.
In Pursuit of Sustainable STEM Certification Programs
This article investigates the impact of a prescholarship internship available to freshman and sophomore science majors exploring the possibility of becoming secondary STEM teachers. Based on positive results with a limited number of students, recommendations are made on how a university-based certification program can better accommodate STEM undergraduates who want to explore teaching as a career possibility.
Standards for Elementary Mathematics Specialists: A Reference for Teacher Credentialing and Degree Programs
This 2013 document is an update of one published by the Association of Mathematics Teacher Educators (AMTE) in 2009. This version includes alignment with the recommendations in the Mathematics Education of Teachers II and content to implement Common Core State Standards – Mathematics.
Bugs in the System
This report by the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) provides an overview of the landscape of K-12 Computer Science (CS) education and teacher certification.