Building the capacitiy for a robust STEM Teacher Preparation Program

Katherine Chen, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Program Description

The Teacher Preparation Program (TPP) in the STEM Education Center at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is a distinctive program where WPI undergraduates earning a bachelor's degree in science, mathematics, or engineering can also obtain an initial teaching license in the state of Massachusetts, all within four years at the university. We are conducting design-based research on our teacher preparation program and local school system, and developing the infrastructure for our teacher candidates to be effective STEM teachers in high-need schools.

Program Purpose

Recruiting and training more STEM teachers at the secondary level.

To take a design-based research approach to understand the system and propose supports.

Program Goals

The project objectives are:
a) to utilize design-based research methods (including interviews and surveys) to elicit needs, strengths and opportunities for the TPP and partnerships with high-need schools
b) to review and revise recruitment strategies and the curriculum of the TPP at WPI
c) to develop high-need school/district partnerships for the practicum (or "clinical experience") and hiring of our TPP students and graduates.

Program Activities

Necessary Resources

grant funding, external consultant

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Evidence of Success

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Future Work

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