UTeach Dallas Professional Development Course Descriptions
NATS 1141: UTeach STEP 1 (1 credit hour)
Enhance your teaching skills by practicing basic classroom management strategies and using more advanced lesson designs. Master teachers will guide you through the process of writing and teaching inquiry-based lessons in an elementary school classroom.
NATS 1143: UTeach STEP 2 (1 credit hour)
Enhance your teaching skills by practicing basic classroom management strategies and using more advanced lesson designs. Master teachers will guide you through the process of writing and teaching 3 inquiry-based lessons in a middle school classroom.
Prerequisite: A 3.0 or better in STEP 1
NATS 3341: Knowing & Learning (3 credit hours)
Explore psychological foundations of learning; problem solving in mathematics and science education utilizing technology; principles of expertise and novice understanding of subject matter; implications of high-stakes testing; and foundations of formative and summative assessment.
NATS 3343: Classroom Interactions (3 credit hours)
Begin to examine fundamentally important issues in teaching and some of the common assumptions we make about learning. Principles of delivering effective instruction in various formats (lecture, lab activity, collaborative settings); examination of gender, class, race, and culture in mathematics and science education; overview of policy related to mathematics and science education. How are teachers and students supposed to interact? Which student needs and concerns are most important? How can content and pedagogy be combined to make effective teaching?
Prerequisite: A 3.0 or better in STEP 2
HIST 3328: Perspectives on Science and Mathematics-W (3 credit hours)
Faculty in the School of Arts & Humanities introduce students to the historical, social, and philosophical implications of mathematics and science through investigations of five significant episodes in science history.
*Upper-division writing component (Can possibly be used as Humanities or Advanced Writing core requirement)
NATS 4390/4399: Research Methods-W (3 credit hours)
Learn how to design and carry out experimental research in a guided setting. Your professor will present the class with a local, interdisciplinary research problem that you will investigate, analyze, and report important findings via experimental design.
*Upper-division writing component (Can be used as Advanced Writing core requirement.)
NATS 4341: Project-Based Instruction (3 credit hours)
Design and teach high-school level investigations that will challenge student misconceptions, involve open-ended exploration and develop analytical and investigative skills.
Prerequisite: A 2.75 or better in Classroom Interactions AND a passing score on the preliminary portfolio.
NATS 4694/6: Apprentice Teaching for Secondary and Middle Grades (6 credit hours)
Immerse yourself in either middle grades or secondary school culture by teaching half-days in a well-supervised public school setting. Experience includes carrying out the duties of a secondary or middle grades teacher which consists of teaching, analysis, and evaluation. Twenty hours of fieldwork a week for one semester.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in the appropriate section of Student Teaching Seminar. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better and a 2.75 or better in Project-Based Instruction
NATS 4141: Student Teaching Seminar (1 credit hour)
Discussions include student teaching experiences, contemporary critical issues in education, and preparation for the state certification exam.
Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in the appropriate section of Student Teaching. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better and a 2.75 or better in Project-Based Instruction
FOR MATHEMATICS CERTIFICATION preparatopm, must also complete:
MATH 3303: Functions and Modeling (3 credit hours)
In-depth study of topics in secondary school mathematics. Emphasis is on modeling with linear, exponential, and trigometric functions; curve fitting; discrete and continuous models. Use of appropriate technology is explored.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in a teaching preparation program or consent of instructor.