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IDoTeach Secondary Education Emphasis

Part of the influential UTeach network, IDoTeach is an innovative secondary STEM teacher preparation program at Boise State University. The program attracts talented science, engineering, and mathematics majors, blending cutting-edge disciplinary coursework with early inquiry-based teaching experiences led by master teachers to meet the need for highly qualified and motivated STEM teachers.

The Secondary Education Emphasis combines content knowledge, theories of learning and human development, study of curriculum, and methodology to help students develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions essential for success in secondary school teaching. The program involves participation in the IDoTeach STEM-ED curriculum, which includes early and sustained field experiences for students. Candidates who complete the Secondary Education Emphasis program have demonstrated evidence of meeting the Idaho Beginning Teacher Standards and are eligible for recommendation for state certification.

For more information about the program, stop by the IDoTeach offices (Academic & Career Services Building, Room 217) or contact the IDoTeach office.

7 Reasons to Become a STEM Teacher

  1. Make a Difference – there’s nothing like helping a young person build confidence, skills, and new insights that will help them achieve their goals
  2. Work Where You Want – STEM teachers are in high demand. Chances are, you’ll have options to teach just about anywhere in the U.S.
  3. Get Paid to Learn – great teachers are constantly learning about their subject, their students, and how the world is changing
  4. Laugh Every Day –  adolescents are funny, and they may appreciate your jokes more than you think
  5. Do It Your Way – teachers develop individual styles, making important decisions about how to teach new topics and structure their classroom
  6. Spend Time with Family – teachers’ schedules often match their children’s, and the intense school year is balanced by some time in the summer to recharge
  7. Stay Active  – this is no desk job, and there are many opportunities to feed off the energy of your students

Additional Courses Required for IDoTeach Secondary Education Emphasis

With an additional 20 credits, you can earn an emphasis in secondary education and will be eligible for recommendation for state certification.  In addition to the BSEE degree requirements, the following courses must be completed:

  • STEM-ED 101 Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching (1 credit)
  • STEM-ED 102 Step 2: Inquiry-Based Lesson Design (1 credit)
  • STEM-ED 210 Knowing & Learning in Mathematics & Science (3 credits)
  • STEM-ED 310 Classroom Interactions (3 credits)
  • STEM-ED 350 Research Methods (3 credits)
  • STEM-ED 410 Project-Based Instructions (3 credits)
  • STEM-ED 480 Apprentice Teaching (6 credits)

Course Substitutions Required for IDoTeach Secondary Education Emphasis

In the BSEE degree requirements table, three course substitutions are also required for those students who wish to earn the secondary education emphasis:

  • DLL Literature and Humanities (3 credits)
    DLL STEM-ED 220: Perspectives on Science and Mathematics (4 credits)
  • DLS Social Sciences course in a second field (3 credits)
    DLS ED-CIFS 201 Foundations of Education (3 credits)
  • Technical electives (6 credits)
    STEM-ED 350 Research Methods (3 credits) and
    STEM-ED 410 Project-Based Instructions (3 credits)