UMBC’s department of education offers several prestigious scholarship programs designed to support highly qualified teacher candidates. We are committed assisting future teachers in their preparation for a teaching career; particularly those individuals committed to addressing critical shortage and high-need areas such as STEM as well as underserved populations.
In particular, the Sherman STEM Teacher Education Program harnesses UMBC’s strength in STEM fields and our capabilities in teacher preparation, experiential education and leadership development. The program aims to have a positive effect on the growing shortage of highly qualified STEM teachers and to cultivate a greater interest in and aptitude for these disciplines among K-12 students.
Similarly, the NOYCE Program for STEM Teacher Education attracts future science teachers into teacher education programs early in their college careers, providing them with summer teaching opportunities with middle school students at professional development school sites. The formalized mentoring component provides additional guidance through their science education coursework and internship, while engaging them in action research about the effectiveness of their teaching and learning.
We have also developed a living learning community, Aspiring Teachers at UMBC (AT@UMBC), designed for students who wish to become teachers. Residents of this floor explore teaching as a profession through a 1-credit course, work with youth-serving projects for 15 hours per semester and participate in discussion forums on teaching and learning, enrichment activities, social gatherings and the development of an ePortfolio.