DOCUMENTS OF THE GENERAL FACULTY
PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE UTEACH SECTION OF THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES
CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2000-2002
Dean Mary Ann Rankin filed with the secretary
of the Faculty Council the following proposed changes to the UTeach section
in the College of Natural Sciences chapter of The Undergraduate Catalog.
The dean submitted the proposed changes to the secretary on November 27,
2001, indicating that the departments in the College of Natural Sciences,
as well as the College of Natural Sciences Course and Curriculum Committee
approved them. The secretary has classified this proposal as legislation
of exclusive application and primary interest to a single college or school.
The edited proposal was received from the Office of Official Publications
on February 7, 2002, and was sent to the Committee on Undergraduate Degree
Program Review from the Office of the General Faculty on February 18,
2002. The committee forwarded the proposal to the Office of the General
Faculty on March 1, 2002, recommending approval. The authority to grant
final approval on behalf of the General Faculty resides with the Faculty
If no objection is filed with the Office of the General Faculty by the
date specified below, the legislation will be held to have been approved
by the Faculty Council. If objection is filed within the prescribed period,
the legislation will be presented to the Faculty Council at its next meeting.
The objection, with reasons, must be signed by a member of the Faculty
To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General
Faculty by March 13, 2002.
John R. Durbin, Secretary
The Faculty Council
This legislation was posted on the Faculty Council web site
on March 5, 2002. Paper copies are available on request from the Office
of the General Faculty, FAC 22, F9500.
PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE UTEACH SECTION
OF THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG,
| In Chapter 9 of The Undergraduate Catalog, 2000-2002,
on pages 396-397, in the section GENERAL INFORMATION, under
the heading COLLEGE ACADEMIC PROGRAMS, make the following changes:
UTeach is an innovative teacher preparation
program that allows students to pursue middle grades and secondary
school teacher certification within a four-year mathematics, science,
or computer sciences degree program. While learning the subject matter
of their majors, students also learn how to teach. Upon completing the
program, students graduate with a bachelor's degree and are recommended
for a middle grades or secondary school teaching certificate.
The UTeach program invites students to explore their interest in teaching
as early as the freshman year. Students learn quickly whether teaching
is the profession for them through courses taught by some of Texas's most
respected secondary school math and science teachers.
Interested students are encouraged to apply for admission to the UTeach
program at any time during their undergraduate careers. Applications are
available in the Office of Special Projects in the College of Natural
Sciences. Applicants must be considering a teaching career in middle
grades or secondary school science, computer sciences, or math and
must meet grade point average requirements. Students who are interested
elementary school teacher] early childhood through grade
four certification should contact the College of Education.
In addition to the courses required by their degree plans, students
must complete eighteen semester hours of professional development coursework,
two supporting courses, and a sequence of math and science content courses.
Lists of the content courses that must be completed for certification
are available in the UTeach office.] UTeach prepares [ students]
the student for single-field certification in mathematics [ and]
or computer sciences [ and offers a composite science certification
as well] or for composite certification with biology, chemistry,
geological sciences, or physics as the primary teaching field. [ (Current
certification guidelines allow students to be certified in a single field
or in two science fields, but most school districts prefer the composite
certification.)] (Composite certification requires forty-eight
semester hours of coursework, consisting of twenty-four hours in one science,
twelve in a second science, and six each in two additional sciences.)
Students can complete the UTeach courses as electives within a standard
bachelor's degree program; lists of the required content courses and
additional certification requirements are available in the UTeach office.
However, students are strongly encouraged to consider the teaching options
in [ the Bachelor of Science in Biology, Chemistry, Geological Sciences,
Mathematics, and Physics degrees] biology, chemistry, geological
sciences, mathematics, and physics. These incorporate not only the basic
education requirements and coursework in the major but also the professional
development courses, supporting courses, and courses in other sciences
that are required for certification.
To graduate and be recommended for certification, the student must
have a University grade point average of at least 2.50. He or she must
have earned a grade of at least C in each of the professional development
courses listed below and must pass the final teaching portfolio review.
Information about the portfolio review and additional certification requirements
is available from the UTeach academic adviser.
Coursework for Certification
Professional Development Sequence
Chemistry 107, Topic: Step 1] UTeach Natural Sciences
101, Secondary Teacher Education
Biology 101C, Topic: Step 2] UTeach Natural
Sciences 110, Secondary Teacher Education
Curriculum and Instruction 371, Topic 21: Knowing and
Learning in Math and Science
Curriculum and Instruction 371, Topic 20: Classroom Interactions
Curriculum and Instruction 371, Topic 22: Project-Based Instruction
Chemistry 107, Topic: Special Topics Seminar] UTeach Natural
Sciences 170, Student
Curriculum and Instruction 667S, Student Teaching in
Students seeking middle grades teacher certification must take the following
courses in addition to the professional development sequence. To be recommended
for certification, the student must earn a grade of at least C in
Educational Psychology 363M, Topic 3: Adolescent Development;
or Psychology 301, Introduction
Curriculum and Instruction 371, Topic 23: Reading,
Writing, and Assessment across Disciplines
|| to Psychology, and 304, Introduction
to Child Psychology
Biology 370C, Topic: Research Methods; Chemistry 368,
Topic: Research Methods; or
|| Physics 341, Topic: Research Methods
| History 329U, Perspectives on Science
and Mathematics; or Philosophy 329U, Perspectives
|| on Science and Mathematics
Rationale: The State Board for Educator Certification has created
a new certification category middle grades teacher, to teach grades
four through eight. This new category and its requirements need to be added
to the teaching option.
As of the fall 2002, the State Board for Educator Certification will only
certify in composite science for biology, chemistry, geological sciences
and physics. Additional certification requirements have been omitted.
Establishing a separate course abbreviation identifying these courses as
UTeach courses is an important part of identifying the program itself. Since
these are neither biology nor chemistry content courses, it is not appropriate
to have them identified as such.