Early Field Experiences

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Early Field Experiences

Step 1 and Step 2

In these courses, the first 2 in the UTeach program, you will have the opportunity to explore the profession of teaching in a hands-on way and decide if teaching is right for you. In Step 1, following an introduction to the theory and practice behind excellent inquiry-based science and mathematics instruction, you and a partner will teach lessons in an elementary classroom to obtain firsthand experience in planning and implementation. (Read more about Step 1)

In Step 2, you will continue developing the lesson planning skills you learned in Step 1 as you become familiar with exemplary middle school mathematics and science curricula. After observing a lesson being taught in a local school district classroom, you and a partner plan and teach three inquiry-based lessons to sixth, seventh, or eighth graders. Middle school classrooms are selected both for the diversity of the student body and the quality of the classroom teachers, who serve as mentors for the Step 2 students assigned to them. (Read more about Step 2)

Later Field Experiences

If you decide to continue in the UTeach program, you'll take two more courses with a field experience before student teaching: Classroom Interactions and Project Based Instruction. In these courses, the field experiences allow you to implement at a deeper and more mature level the ideas and practices you learned in Step 1 and Step 2, as well as apply theories and ideas explored in your on-campus courses. Read more about all of the UTeach courses.