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Armed with leading-edge educator skills and a mastery of your chosen discipline, you’ll be prepared to become a new kind of teacher—a teacher who engages and challenges students in STEM subjects and meets the future challenges of American education.

By joining the Teacher Preparation program at WPI, you will gain:

  • A strong background in your STEM discipline
  • A good sense of the applicability of your subject to contemporary areas of engineering, technology, or society
  • Entry into a community of future educators ready to shape young minds and help direct tomorrow’s technologies
  • The preparation and skills you need to teach at the middle or high school level
  • A Massachusetts-authorized Initial License.
  • Communication and leadership skills that will go beyond the classroom

Program Requirements

  • Courses

    In addition to the course required for your content major, you will need to take the following pedagogy courses:

    • ID 3100  Teaching Methods
    • ID 3200  Sheltered English Immersion
    • PSY 2401  Psychology of Education
    • PSY 2410 School Psychology or PSY 1404 Developmental Psychology (offered alternate years)

    See the undergraduate catalog for course descriptions.

  • Application

    Applications to the program are due in mid-November each year and are open to first year and sophomore students majoring in math, science, or engineering. 

    A completed application consists of

    Interviews are conducted in November by the program director and the operations management assistant.

    Program decisions are made by December 31st.

  • Contact

    Contact Shari Weaver for more information.

Meet Our Students

Jonathan Han

Marco Gomez

Anna Valdez

Grace Seiche

Shari Weaver

Director, Teacher Prep Program
Phone: +1 (508) 8315000 x4888
A key aspect of Shari’s educational philosophy is that teaching should support students in their discovery of their interests and passions and facilitate their skill and content acquisition through engaging, collaborative courses.  In her role as K-12 outreach support staff in STEM Education Center, she advises faculty in the integration of K-12 outreach into NSF grants, maintains information about the various K-12 programs that take place on campus, and connects parents with appropriate programs or departments that run these programs.  Shari also brings many years of STEM teaching ... View Profile
The program gave me the opportunity to student teach. It gave me a look at everything that goes into teaching, from lesson plans, to creating tests, to student discipline. My experience, without a doubt, solidified my desire to become a teacher.
Electrical and Computer Engineering
The Teacher Prep Program at WPI is unlike teacher prep programs anywhere else. It allows students to pursue a technical degree, while at the same time, allowing them to receive their teacher certification at the end of the program.
Electrical and Computer Engineering

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Teacher Prep Graduation Celebration 2017

2016-2017 Annual Report

Check out WPI Teacher Preparation Program's first Annual Report. Find out how the program has evolved over the past year and how it will continue to grow and improve.