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UTeach Brownsville Seeks Math and Science Majors


BROWNSVILLE, TEXAS-MAY 31, 2012-An innovative teacher preparation program in the College of Science, Mathematics and Technology at The University of Texas at Brownsville and Texas Southmost College is looking for students majoring in mathematics and science.

The UTeach Brownsville program allows students to receive teacher certification while earning a degree in mathematics or science. This nationally acclaimed program was developed at The University of Texas at Austin and has been replicated at 30 universities throughout the country.

“UTeach is an innovative teacher preparation program, and we are looking for students who want to teach or add another option to their mathematics or science degree,”said Dr. Roger Contreras, Associate Professor in the Department of Mathematics and program co-director. “We also want to increase the pool of the next generation of mathematics and science teachers.”

Students who are accepted into the program can earn a degree with teacher certification in four years and receive intensive field experience beginning during their first semester at UTB, and receive individual support and mentoring by faculty and master teachers. There are also opportunities for scholarships and paid internships.

"Students earn valuable teaching experience at the elementary, middle school and high school levels, and this can translate into job opportunities for graduates of the program,” Contreras said. “When you join UTeach, you increase the number of career options.”

The UTeach curriculum requires incoming freshmen majoring in science and mathematics with the goal of becoming a teacher to enroll in the first UTeach course, Step 1, during their first semester in order to complete all degree requirements and graduate on time. Step 1 and Step 2 are the first two one-hour courses and are referred to as recruitment courses. Students completing each of these courses will receive a tuition reimbursement.  

To learn more about UTeach Brownsville, contact Dr. Roger Contreras at 956-882-6635 or roger.contreras@utb.edu  or Dr. Reynaldo Ramirez at 956-882-7255 or reynaldo.ramirez@utb.edu.

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