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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I sign up for the first teachHOUSTON course?

Students classified as sophomores or beyond may register for our first course- Introduction to STEM Teaching (CUIN 4397). To take any subsequent courses, you must be advised by the teachHOUSTON program Faculty Advisor, Dr. Leah McAlister-Shields. Email the Faculty Advisor at tHadvising.uh.edu for more information.

Does teachHOUSTON count as a substitute for a UH Minor?

  • For Natural Science and Mathematics students teachHOUSTON counts as a capstone option.
  • For Engineering and Technology students teachHOUSTON counts as a minor.

How many credit hours must students take to complete the teachHOUSTON program?

The program requires 18 hours of coursework plus 6 hours for student teaching, totaling 24 credit hours. Each course is three credit hours and can be taken one semester at a time or in a compressed sequence for students entering the program as juniors or seniors. See course sequence here.

What type of certification will I have when I complete the program?

Grades 7-12 math, composite science, life science, physical science, chemistry, or physics.

How is the teachHOUSTON Program different from traditional teacher-preparation programs?

You will gain hands-on teaching experience as early as your first semester.

What are the benefits of the teachHOUSTON Program?

  • You will discover early on whether you want to pursue a career in teaching.

  • You will deepen your understanding of science and math concepts as you teach.

  • You will meet other students who share a common interest in teaching.
  • You are eligible to apply for scholarships in your first semester of enrollment.
  • You will have opportunities to present at local, state, and national STEM Education conferences.
  • You will have the support of faculty with over 120 years of collective secondary STEM teaching experience.

How much time will I actually spend in classrooms?

You will begin teaching students your first semester in the program. By the time you reach your student teaching semester, you will have taught as many as 15-20 lessons at the elementary, middle, and high school levels.

What are the courses in the teachHOUSTON program?

  • CUIN 4397: Introduction to STEM Teaching

  • CUIN 3350: Knowing and Learning Science and Math
  • CUIN 3351: Classroom Interactions in Science and Math

  • CUIN 3352: Perspectives of Math and Science or PHYS 4342: Physics as Inquiry

  • BIOL 4340/CHEM 4340/PHYS 4340: Research Methods in Science and Math
  • CUIN 4350: Multiple Teaching Strategies
  • EDUC 4314: Student Teaching in Secondary Schools
  • EDUC 4315: Student Teaching Seminar