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 (science, technology, engineering, and math) subjects and meets the future challenges of American education.
By joining the Teacher Preparation program at WPI, within your 4-year undergraduate program you will gain:
In addition to the course required for your content major, you will need to take the following pedagogy courses:
See the undergraduate catalog for course descriptions.
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 Shari Weaver for more information.
After our fall retreat in September, you will work together in a team to develop and deliver your first lesson at one of the following locations/events.
As a field component of the Teaching Methods in Math, Science, and Engineering class (ID 3100) you will visit 6 classrooms around central Massachusetts to observe teachers in a variety of settings, styles, and subjects.
In the teaching practicum, you are immersed in a classroom in which you complete your student teaching. You have the opportunity to do your student teaching as an IQP or an Independent Study. Physics majors may also count the practicum as their MQP.
Overview of the practicum
Class of 2020
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Licensure: Middle School Math
Future Plans: Harvard Graduate School of Education
Class of 2019
Major: Chemical Engineering
Licensure: High School Chemistry
Current Occupation: High School Chemistry Teacher
Licensure: High School Physics
Future Plans: Teach high school physics and complete and complete WPI's Master's in Physics for Educators (MPED) program
Major: Computer Science & Psychology
Licensure: High School Math
Future Plans: Teach High School Math