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aggieTEACH-Science has special opportunities for students in many departments and colleges within the university. The program has collaborations campus wide and can help configure degree plans that align with the Teaching Field Plans.  Our goal is to help students to complete their math- or science-related degree and obtain teacher certification in the traditional four years of college. Upon successful completion this would allow students to teach mathematics science in grades 7-12 in Texas.

Math and science teachers are in high demand in the state of Texas and as such, earning a valid Texas Teaching Certificate will expand the employment options available to students upon graduation. For the last five years, all aggieTEACH graduates who chose to teach after graduation have been employed – oftentimes they secure employment before they graduate from Texas A&M University. Also, some of our graduates find employment in school districts that offer a starting salary of $50,000 plus a monetary bonus just for teaching math or science. Texas school districts love to have Aggie teachers in their schools and they often hire Aggies before anyone else.

Teaching is a noble and rewarding profession. aggieTEACH-Science will allow your students to impact future generations by teaching a subject they love and expanding high school students’ science content. aggieTEACH-Science is an excellent way to for your students to give back to society, help others, and influence young lives. We encourage you to educate your students on the opportunities aggieTEACH-Science offers and how it can impact their career options upon graduation.

While in aggieTEACH-Science, students will have the opportunity to observe and teach in a number of diverse settings. Most aggieTEACH-Science students work within the local school districts, but there are opportunities to complete the Clinical Teaching experience in many areas of Texas. We also encourage students to get involved in leadership positions within aggieTEACH-Science. By the time our students start their first teaching job they will have logged over 120 hours of observations and 560 hours of clinical teaching. We do our best to ensure they are ready for the profession.

First Steps and Admission Requirements

All aggieTEACH-Science students start by taking SCEN 201. This is a one credit-hour introductory class that allows students to explore the teaching profession and make a more informed decision on whether they want to pursue profession. Those who wish to continue complete an application and meet all of the following requirements: 1) B average or better in introductory courses of certification area (i.e. MATH 171 and 172 (or the equivalent) for Mathematics Certification), 2) overall GPA of 2.75** or higher, 3) complete SCEN 201 with B or better, 4) have at least three semesters left at TAMU as an undergraduate, 5) have a minimum of 15 hours in the content courses required for certification, 6) have 2.5 GPA in content courses, and 7) have between 30 and 80 college credit hours.

Applied Learning in STEM Education Minor

Those students who are accepted in aggieTEACH-Science declare the Applied Learning in STEM Education Minor. This is an 18 hour minor:

  • INST 222 (or TEFB 273)
  • RDNG 465 (or RDNG 372)
  • INST 210
  • TEFB 322 – 1st semester junior year
  • TEFB 324* – 2nd semester junior year
  • TEFB 406/407* – the last semester of coursework, just before clinical teaching (typically 1st semester senior year)

*Membership in aggieTEACH-Science is required for enrollment in TEFB 324 and TEFB 406/407

Clinical teaching is not part of the education minor, but is is required for teacher certification.

The name for the minor in STEM education will change in Fall 2021 to SEED (Secondary Education).

Clinical Teaching

The culminating phase of aggieTEACH-Science is the Clinical Teaching experience, typically taken 2nd semester senior year). This is a full time 14 weeks (or 70 full time days) experience in an assigned Texas school working side by side with a cooperating teacher. This apprenticeship-type opportunity allows our students to gain beneficial insight into the teaching profession while getting much-needed hands-on classroom experience that enables them to feel the real impact and true excitement of teaching! It is pivotal to note that during this phase. Students cannot take any other classes during clinical teaching. The credit hours they earn in their student teaching experience can be used as elective hours toward the student’s degree.

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