UWA-TEACH is a $3 million grant awarded by the Alabama Commission on Higher Education as part of the STEM Major Teacher Recruitment Initiative. The purpose of the grant is to address the Alabama teacher shortage in the areas of math and science.
UWA-TEACH is a collaborative effort between the College of Education and the College of Natural Science and Mathematics that offers a compact and flexible route to teacher certification. The UWA-TEACH program will offer undergraduate students majoring in any math or science degree the opportunity to minor in STEM education. Students would graduate with their STEM degree and be eligible to earn their teaching license if they successfully pass EdTPA and the Praxis content exam. It gives students two career options upon graduation.
The program will also be offered to those who already hold a degree in math or science and seek the opportunity to earn a master’s degree and a teaching certificate. This alternative route to certification is a shortened pathway compared to the current Alternative-A teacher certification programs.