UNC and Mines collaborate on program to help meet state and national STEM teacher shortage

By: InnovatioNews Wednesday April 2, 2014 0 comments Tags: Eugene Sheehan, Golden, Greeley, STEM, Tony Dean, UNC

UNC logoGREELEY/GOLDEN - The University of Northern Colorado and the Colorado School of Mines announced an innovative partnership in response to state and national shortages of teachers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Mines, Colorado's premier engineering university, and UNC, the state's leading teacher preparation institution, will team up to create a unique program that will serve as a national model to meet a goal set by President Obama to prepare 100,000 new STEM teachers over the next decade.

Colorado School of Mines logoMines students in the program will completed their STEM content requirements on the Mines campus and then complete the education courses needed to become a high-quality teacher through UNC via a hybrid online and on-campus program.

The schools said the program is expected to begin in Fall 2015. Next steps include Mines and UNC building the program while faculty from both campuses look for funding to help with the project.

A proposal to receive national funding for the program has been submitted.

"This partnership has resulted in a program that should increase the number of STEM teachers graduating from Colorado universities," said Eugene Sheehan, dean of UNC's College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.

"As far as I know, there's not another collaborative inter-university program of its kind in the country."

"This distinctive new program will provide Mines' math and science students with a satisfying alternative career path and will help meet the critical need for qualified educators in the STEM fields," added Tony Dean, dean of Mines' College of Applied Science and Engineering.

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