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Curricular Requirements for the GWTeach Program


Minor in STEM Teaching  + Teacher Certification = 25-28 Credits


Required Courses:

This is the first experiential course in the GWTeach program, which is open to all undergraduates at GW. This course introduces the basics of teaching, with a focus on using inquiry to teach lessons. Gain valuable experience when you get the opportunity to co-teach a lesson that you develop with a classmate to a classroom full of elementary school students. Don’t worry, a mentor teacher will help you through the whole process!

This course builds on the basics of teaching learned in GTCH 1001, with a focus on inquiry-based lesson design, teaching with technology, classroom management, and analyzing student performance data. Gain valuable experience when you get the opportunity to co-teach technology-based lesson plans that you develop with a classmate to a classroom full of middle school students. Don’t worry, a mentor teacher will help you through the whole process!

Prerequisites: GTCH 1001

  • Step 1 and Step 2 are open to all undergraduates at GW. These courses are designed to allow students to "test out" teaching as a career while developing critical skills (communication, organization, teamwork) that are transferrable to any career.

This course is a combination of GTCH 1001 and GTCH 1002, with emphasis on inquiry lesson design, teaching with technology, classroom management, and analyzing student performance. Includes teaching experiences in a local middle school.

Fulfills Gen. Ed. Requirement: Oral Communication 

An introduction to models of student knowledge acquisition and learning theories for classroom practice, Knowing and Learning seeks to help you develop a powerful toolkit of theory-driven approaches teaching STEM. We will explore what it means to learn and know science and mathematics, while broadening our sense of what is possible in educational practice. Some of the questions we will address are: What standards for knowing can we develop and justify? How are knowing and learning structured, and how does what we know change and develop? 

Fulfills Gen. Ed. Requirement: Oral Communication 

Introduction to use of curriculum and technology in the classroom for effective teaching of mathematics, science, and engineering. Interplay between teachers, students, content, and the world beyond schools. Focus on design and implementation of instructional activities to encourage success for students that come from diverse backgrounds of ability and experiences. GWTeach students will work to adequately assess their strategies through evaluation, with the goal of equitable outcomes. High school teaching experiences are embedded into the course.

Prerequisites: GTCH 1001 and GTCH 1002; or GTCH 2003

​​​​​​This course is based on the premise that schools should engage learners in exploring authentic, important, and meaningful questions of real concern to secondary students. When implemented skillfully, project-based learning promotes equitable participation and is highly engaging for students. Through project works, students learn fundamental science and mathematical concepts and practices applicable to their daily lives. Intensive field-based experiences.

Prerequisites: GTCH 1001 and GTCH 1002 (or GTCH 2003); and GTCH 3102

Fulfills Gen. Ed. Requirement: Critical Thinking (Humanities)

Fulfills G-PAC Requirement: Local/Civic Engagement

​​​​​​This WID course focuses on topics and episodes in the history of science and mathematics. The course focuses on processes by which math and science evolve. The various philosophical perspectives include biology, physics, geology, astronomy, chemistry, and math. Historical perspectives on the content and direction of the sciences are also examined and explored. The course includes a significant engagement in writing as a form of critical inquiry and scholarly expression to satisfy the WID requirement.

Prerequisites: GTCH 1001 or permission of the instructor

Fulfills Gen. Ed. Requirement: Written Communication (WID)

This course focuses on designing experiments to answer scientific questions and reduce systematic and random errors; using statistics to interpret experimental results; application and implementation of science and math research in K-12 classrooms.

Prerequisites: GTCH 1001 and 1002; or GTCH 2003; or permission of instructor.

Fulfills Gen. Ed. Requirement: Scientific Reasoning with Lab

Designed to strengthen and expand knowledge of secondary mathematics topics and address the unique needs of future math teachers. Explores models using linear, exponential, polynomial, and trigonometric functions. Euclidean geometry.

Prerequisites: GTCH 1001 and MATH 1231; or permission of the instructor

Fulfills Gen. Ed. Requirement: Quantitative Reasoning

​​​​​​This course is a deeper exploration of specific topics necessary to student success in STEM classrooms. Course topics will vary by semester. Previous topics include: Cultural Competency in the Classroom, Encouraging Individual Student Motivation, Balancing the Many Roles of Teachers, Developing Rapport with Students.

This course provides the culminating experience for students to obtain teacher certification. Students spend twenty-five hours per week completing their Apprentice Teaching internship in a local school teaching in content certification area. Students attend a weekly seminar to discuss topics related to the profession of teaching. 

Prerequisites: GTCH 3101, GTCH 3102, and GTCH 3103

Minor in STEM Teaching = 18 Credits

  • GTCH 1001   Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching (1 Credit)*
  • GTCH 1002   Step 2: Inquiry-based Lesson Design (2 Credits)*
    • or GTCH 2003   Step 1 and Step 2 Hybrid (3 Credits)*^~
  • GTCH 3101   Knowing and Learning in Mathematics and Science (3 Credits)^

  • GTCH 3102   Classroom Interactions (3 Credits)*

  • GTCH 3103   Project-Based Learning (3 Credits)*^

  • GTCH 3201W  Perspectives on Math and Science (3 Credits)^
  • GTCH 3202  Research Methods in Math and Science (3 Credits)^

  • GTCH 3203  Functions and Modeling (3 Credits)^+

  • GTCH 3500  Topics in STEM Teaching (1-2 Credits)

*Denotes courses with field experiences
^Course fulfills GenEd requirement
~Course is taken in place of GTCH 1001 + GTCH 1002
+Required course for students seeking math teacher licensure


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