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UTeach Dallas Professional Development Course Descriptions

NATS 1141: UTeach STEP 1 (1 credit hour)

Introduction to STEM teaching as a career. Master teachers introduce students to examples of high quality inquiry-based lesson design as well as model various pedagogical concepts and behavior management strategies. Students are also
introduced to the portfolio project. Fieldwork consists of two classroom observations plus planning and teaching three inquiry-based lessons to students in grades four to six in local elementary schools. One and one-half class hours a week for one semester; at least five hours of fieldwork a semester are also required.

Prerequisite: A university grade point average of at least 2.750, and admission to the UTeach Dallas program by consent of the UTeach advisor.

 

NATS 1143: UTeach STEP 2 (1 credit hour)

Continued exploration into STEM teaching as a career. Topics include various teaching methods that are designed to meet instructional goals; use of various technologies; and learner outcomes. Fieldwork consists of classroom observations and teaching three inquiry-based math, science, or computer science lessons in a middle school classroom. One and one-half class hours a week for one semester; at least five hours of fieldwork a semester are also required.

Prerequisite: A university grade point average of at least 2.750, a grade of B- or better in NATS 1141, and UTeach Dallas advisor consent required.

 

NATS 3341: Knowing & Learning (3 credit hours)

This course expands the prospective teacher’s understanding of current theories of learning and conceptual development. Students examine their own assumptions about learning. Topics include psychological foundations of learning; problem solving in mathematics and science education utilizing technology; principles of expertise and novice understanding of subject matter; implications of high-stakes testing; and foundations of formative and summative assessment. Content also includes dyslexia training. Three lecture hours a week for one semester; additional hours may be required. Restricted to students in the UTeach Dallas program.

Prerequisite: A university grade point average of at least 2.750, a GPA of 3.000 or better in UTeach coursework, and UTeach Dallas advisor consent required.

 

NATS 3343: Classroom Interactions (3 credit hours)

This course moves from a focus on thinking and learning to a focus on teaching and learning. Topics include principles of delivering effective instruction in various formats (lecture, lab activity, collaborative settings); examination of gender, class, race, and culture in STEM  education; overview of policy related to STEM education. Students participate in an intensive, highly coached high school field experience comprised of 3 observations and 2 co-teaching events, including a multiple-period or day, connected lesson. Three lecture hours a week for one semester; at least nine hours of fieldwork a semester are also required. Students should also expect to dedicate out-of class time to video transfer, lesson planning, and working on the portfolio project. Restricted to students in the UTeach Dallas program.

Prerequisite: A university grade point average of at least 2.750, credit or registration for NATS 3341, a GPA of 3.000 or better in UTeach coursework, and UTeach Dallas advisor consent required.

 

HIST 3328: Perspectives on Science and Mathematics-W (3 credit hours)

Faculty in the School of Arts & Humanities introduce students to the historical, social, and philosophical implications of mathematics and science through investigations of five significant episodes in science history.
*Upper-division writing component (Can possibly be used as Humanities or Advanced Writing core requirement)

 

NATS 4390/4399: Research Methods-W (3 credit hours)

This UTeach science certification preparation course explores the nature of science and authentic scientific investigations through
multiple, independent, student-driven research projects and scientific communication including scientific discourse in the context of advanced scientific writing.  

Prerequisites: NATS 3341, a university grade point average of at least 2.750, a GPA of 3.000 or better in UTeach coursework, upper-level standing, and UTeach Dallas advisor consent required. Prerequisite or corequisite: NATS 3343.

 

NATS 4341: Project-Based Instruction (3 credit hours)

Students explore topics including foundations of project-based, case-based, and problem-based learning environments; principles of  project-based curriculum development in STEM education; and, classroom management and organization of project-based learning classrooms are covered. Fieldwork usually includes 11 hours of observation, including at least 3 teaching days. Three lecture hours a week for one semester with additional fieldwork hours to be arranged.

Prerequisite: NATS 3343, a university grade point average of at least 2.750, a GPA of 3.000 or better in UTeach coursework, and UTeach Dallas advisor consent required. Prerequisite or corequisite: NATS 4390

 

NATS 4694/6: Apprentice Teaching for Secondary and Middle Grades (6 credit hours)

Closely supervised observation and teaching in a science or mathematics classroom for Grades 7-12/4-8. Experience includes carrying out the duties of a high school/middle grades teacher and requires a minimum of seven hours of fieldwork a day for 14 weeks. Students must apply for Apprentice Teaching the semester prior to enrollment. Thirty-five hours of fieldwork a week for one semester.

Prerequisite: NATS 4341 and NATS 4390 or MATH 3303, a university grade point average of at least 2.750, a GPA of 3.000 or better in UTeach coursework, and UTeach Dallas advisor consent required. Admission to the university’s teacher certification program by the Teacher Development Center. Corequisite: NATS 4141. Additional fee attached to course.

 

NATS 4141: Student Teaching Seminar (1 credit hour)

Discussions include student teaching experiences, contemporary critical issues in education, and preparation for the state certification exam. The portfolio project must be completed during the Apprentice Teaching semester. One class hour a week for one semester.

Prerequisite: Concurrent enrollment in the appropriate section of Student Teaching. A cumulative GPA of 2.75 or better and a 2.75 or better in Project-Based Instruction

 

FOR MATHEMATICS CERTIFICATION preparation must also complete:

MATH 3303: Functions and Modeling (3 credit hours)

In-depth study of topics in secondary school mathematics. Emphasis is on modeling with linear, exponential, and trigometric functions; curve fitting; discrete and continuous models. Use of appropriate technology is explored.
Prerequisite: Enrollment in a teaching preparation program or consent of instructor.

FOR MIDDLE GRADE CERTIFICATION preparation (4-8) must have 3 credit hours of psychology and 3 credit hours of Reading in the Content Areas.

 

*Courses subject to change- most up to date descriptions and requirements are found in the UTD course catalog.

 

 

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