About MTeach

MTeach is a replication of the UTeach program at the University of Texas at Austin. The program at Austin began in 1997 as an innovative way of recruiting math, science, and other STEM majors to prepare them to become secondary school teachers. The MTeach program combines rigorious agricultural, mathematics, or science degrees with secondary teaching certification without adding time or cost to four-year degrees.

In the very first semester, students explore the profession of teaching math, science or agricultural in a hands-on approach as the students work in pairs to develop and teach lessons in a local classroom. This inquiry based model is designed to increase the quantity and quality of math, science and agriculture teachers. Our partnership with UTeach makes MTSU one of the premier institutions in the United States for the preparation of STEM teachers.

Why teach?

There is no career more rewarding than teaching. As a math, science and agriculture teacher, you get to motivate students to create, solve, think, and grow. As you make a difference, you inspire the next generation of STEM educators.

Our nation is confronted with serious shortages in middle and secondary mathematics and science education. There is a strong, persistent and growing demand for committed teachers. Your math, agriculture and science skills are urgently needed. Job prospects and employment security are excellent, as science, agriculture and math teachers are in demand across the country. Click here to see recent projections of the opportunities in secondary school teaching.

How do I learn about teaching?

Take the first course in the MTeach program, MSE 1010, Inquiry Approaches to Teaching. This one-hour class will allow you to immediately experience teaching by sharing hands-on mathematics and science activities with elementary school students in their classrooms. You can then continue with the MTeach course sequence while you complete the requirements for your major like you would with any other minor program. The MTeach program is designed and implemented in such a way as to actively prepare you for a successful career in teaching.

How successful is the UTeach program?

UTeach students stay in the classroom. Nationally, only 51% of new math and science teachers are still in the classroom after five years, compared to over 70% of UTeach graduates. Additionally, UTeach graduates (and those of the 18 replication sites across the United States) are very much in demand by school districts. The UTeach Institute's website highlights the impressive success of the program.

How will MTeach benefit me?

Try out teaching and expand your career options!

  • Availability of limited number of scholarships for mathematics and science teachers.
  • Advisors that help get the courses you need and the best start in your career.
  • Collaborative environment with a dedicated study area, work room, and resource area.
  • Continued support once you begin teaching.

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