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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 Council.

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 Council.

To be counted, a protest must be received in the Office of the General Faculty by March 13, 2002.


<signed>

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.


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PROPOSED CHANGES TO THE UTEACH SECTION OF THE COLLEGE OF NATURAL SCIENCES CHAPTER OF THE UNDERGRADUATE CATALOG, 2000-2002

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

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.

ADMISSION

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 in [elementary school teacher] early childhood through grade four certification should contact the College of Education.

CERTIFICATION REQUIREMENTS

[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.


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Coursework for Certification

Professional Development Sequence

[Chemistry 107, Topic: Step 1] UTeach Natural Sciences 101, Secondary Teacher Education

  Preparation: STEP 1
[Biology 101C, Topic: Step 2] UTeach Natural Sciences 110, Secondary Teacher Education
  Preparation: STEP 2
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
  Teaching Seminar
Curriculum and Instruction 667S, Student Teaching in Secondary Schools

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 each course.

Educational Psychology 363M, Topic 3: Adolescent Development; or Psychology 301, Introduction
  to Psychology, and 304, Introduction to Child Psychology
Curriculum and Instruction 371, Topic 23: Reading, Writing, and Assessment across Disciplines

Supporting Courses

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.