GWTeach is a minor and teacher certification program at the George Washington University based on a nationally recognized program called UTeach. Our first students at GW started taking courses in Fall 2015. By the time of their graduation, students completing the GWTeach program will have a degree in their field — math, science, or engineering — and will be certified to teach in schools, opening more than one career pathway for recent graduates.
Take the First Step
The first two courses (Step 1 and Step 2) are open to all mathematics, science, and engineering majors, including pre-health students. You don’t need any previous teaching experience to take either of these classes. In these first few courses you will gain real teaching experience in classrooms in DC to see if teaching is right for you, with no obligation to continue in the program.
You won't be taking this journey toward teaching alone! Below are some of the people who will guide you along the way:
- Peer Mentors: During your first two introductory courses (Step 1 and Step 2) you will be partnered with a Peer Mentor, a student who is far along in the program progression, in order to work collaboratively on lesson plans and classroom field work.
- Master Teachers: GWTeach Master Teachers are experienced STEM teachers, with more than five years of teaching at the secondary level, who know what it's like to teach in middle and high schools. They will be with you each step of the way to help you grow as a potential educator
When you complete the GWTeach curriculum during your college career, you'll have a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field and be eligible for licensure by the District of Columbia as a middle or high school teacher. That means you will have the potential to go directly into the STEM workforce, teaching profession, or graduate school. Even with all of these options available, 80% of graduates of UTeach programs across the nation choose the career of teaching within five years after graduation. Should you become certified as a teacher, you would be licensed to teach in Washington, DC. Don’t want to stay in DC but still want to be a teacher? The following are member states of the National Association of State Directors of Teacher Education and Certification (NASDTEC) Interstate Agreement who have signed reciprocity agreements with Washington DC.
*All existing credentials will be evaluated by your desired state department of education to identify any state-specific deficiencies that will need completed prior to qualifying for full licensure.
Minor in STEM Teaching
If you aren't sure about committing to the whole GWTeach program or don’t know if you would like to pursue teaching, but would still like to gain the invaluable skills and knowledge to teach STEM, the program offers an 18-credit minor in STEM Teaching. If you decide later you would like to commit to the process for a teaching certification, you can always apply the courses you have taken for the minor to the larger GWTeach program.
Ready to Learn More?
We invite you to explore the program! Read about the curriculum. Talk with your POD advisors for more details on our program. Visit our office to meet some of the faculty and talk to current students about their experiences. Once you've done that, we hope you'll join the next cohort of GWTeach students by signing up for Step 1! For any questions you might have, and to learn more, email us! We hope to see you soon!