PATHWAY OPTIONS for LICENSURE
Our program is somewhat non-traditional and tailored specifically for our Mines students and alumni.
We offer courses for students to both try out teaching and to prepare to teach (K-12 or college). A person can start on this path at any point in their Mines career as an undergraduate or graduate student or as a Mine’s alumni. The earlier you begin, the more flexibility you have.
To become a K-12 teacher, there are two general pathways depending on your level of experience:
- If you have K-12 classroom experience (college teaching is likely not adequate preparation)
- After earning a BS, obtain a job as a teacher
- Work with one of our partner programs to earn your license in year 1
- Receive a full teacher salary during this time ($42-$58K) less fees for licensing agency ($6 – $9K)
- If you have minimal or no K-12 classroom experience
- Pick a residency program with PEBC or DSST
- Pays between $3K – $34K (higher paying option does not come with a license so need to partner with another agency at the same time ~$6K if aiming to earn licensure)
Below are three programs that we partner with. These offer options for Mines students who have earned a BS to become teachers. Each has a slightly different program and cost structure.
This program allows a teacher to earn licensure during their first year teaching
This program prepares people to have exceptional teaching careers through a hands-on licensure program.
This program prepares people for teaching careers through a mentor teacher program.
Blow Minds! Teach Science or Math.
Worth it in more ways than you may think.
Did you know…
There are student loan forgiveness programs and scholarships for math and science teachers
Most teaching jobs have better retirement benefits than private industry
You can get a job almost anywhere as a science or math teacher
Most people underestimate teacher’s salaries by $10,000-$30,000
Science teachers report having higher overall job satisfaction than other STEM professionals
Teachers have the option to make $6-$8K each year for coaching, clubs, after-school tutoring, etc.
Teaching is one of the best ways to work abroad, teaching science or math in an American school
Math and science teachers are in high demand
Teachers are six times more likely to say that they make a difference in people’s lives than other STEM professionals
Over 78% of high school science teachers are still in the classroom after 5 years of teaching
About half of all science and math majors report an interest in becoming a teacher
Pathways into Education
Middle School or High School teaching
Teach@Mines is a
NSF Noyce Capacity Building Program, NSF Noyce Phase I Project Site, PhysTEC Comprehensive Site, and 100Kin10 Partner