Supported by a $2.1 million grant from the National Science Foundation, the Teaching Experiences for Undergraduates (TEU) program provides undergraduate STEM majors, planning to pursue a teaching career in science or seriously interested in exploring such a career, with an immersive summer experience in secondary mathematics or science education.
Each year, 24 STEM undergraduates selected from a network of 61 liberal arts institutions take part in a 6-week summer program that integrates a mathematics or science pedagogy course with a teaching practicum. Twelve students per summer participate in the mathematics TEU program at Brown University, and 12 participate in the science TEU program at Trinity College. TEU participants are awarded a stipend ranging from $2,500 to $3,500 depending on whether or not they choose to receive degree credit for the pedagogy course and on the student's financial aid status at his/her home institution.
The TEU pedagogy course, which may be taken for credit, provides participants with discipline-specific pedagogical knowledge and skills. The teaching practicum gives participants an opportunity to apply those skills in the classroom, creating and delivering lessons of their own design to local urban secondary students under the supervision of a master teacher-mentor.
The high school students for the Brown TEU are drawn from the Providence area and are simultaneously taking part in Brown Summer High School (BSHS). The high school students for the Trinity TEU comprise the entire class of rising sophomores from the Hartford Magnet Trinity College Academy (HMTCA), a collaboration between Trinity College and the Hartford public school system.
During the academic year following their participation in TEU, participants undertake a leadership project at their home institutions.
This project builds upon a highly successful TEU pilot project funded by Math for America and a generous donor held at Brown Summer High School in 2013 through 2015.