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About UTeachEngineering: Programs and Goals
 

UTeachEngineering was established in 2008 with support from the National Science Foundation to address an emerging need for well-prepared high school engineering teachers. This need is particularly urgent in Texas, where engineering is one of fewer than 20 courses that students may take to satisfy a fourth-year science requirement.

Building on the successes of the nationally recognized UTeach Natural Sciences program, UTeachEngineering offers degree programs and professional development opportunities for future and current high school teachers, as well as a high-quality, low-cost high school engineering course aligned to state standards.

UTeachEngineering is a collaborative effort of UT’s Cockrell School of Engineering, College of Natural Sciences, College of Education and the Austin Independent School District. Our goals are:

  • To attract and retain more students from diverse backgrounds in K-12 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education career paths;
  • To prepare current secondary science and math teachers to become effective teachers of high school engineering courses;
  • To develop, pilot, and refine an exceptional year-long high school engineering course that can be deployed at low cost in a variety of high school settings;
  • To build partnerships that enable school districts across Texas to offer high-quality engineering courses;
  • To carry out cutting-edge research that contributes to an understanding of how people learn engineering; and
  • To develop a viable national model for preparing and supporting secondary engineering educators.

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