Undergraduate Teacher Education Program (UTEP)

Overview

Working cooperatively with other departments at the university, the Education Department offers a teacher education program leading to certification in teaching at the secondary level (grades 7-12). Certification programs are offered in English, history/social studies, and science (biology, chemistry, or engineering/physics). Rhode Island has Interstate Certification Compact (ICC) approval, allowing graduates reciprocal certification in 44 states.

The Undergraduate Teacher Education Program (UTEP) is not a concentration program. Whatever your concentration, you are eligible to be a UTEP as long as you can fulfill the course requirements for certification in your teaching field (e.g. English, history/social studies, biology, engineering/physics) and complete the required education courses (see list below). All required education courses must be taken at Brown University.

Prospective UTEPs should also consider the 5th-year Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) option available to Brown undergraduates.

If you are interested in the Undergraduate Teacher Education Program, please complete the following inquiry form.

Please contact Carin_Algava@brown.edu to schedule an informational meeting. You should then meet with the appropriate member of the program faculty:

English

Laura Snyder (Laura_A_Snyder@brown.edu/863-9583)

History/Social Studies

Eric Shed (Eric_Shed@brown.edu)/863-9326)

Biology

Dan Bisaccio (Daniel_Bisaccio@brown.edu/863-3428)

Engineering/Physics

Janet Blume (Janet_Blume@brown.edu/863-1498)

Chemistry

Jason Sello (Jason_Sello@brown.edu/863-1194)

Application

The application for the program is due on January 15 of your junior year, but the advising process that precedes your application is important.

Application Components:

  1. Personal Statement explaining your reasons for wanting to participate in the UTEP program (2 page maximum).  Email to Teacher_Ed@brown.edu and put your full name and UTEP in subject line.
  2. Resume: Email to Teacher_Ed@brown.edu
  3. Transcript: Please email a copy to Teacher_Ed@brown.edu or send it to Box 1938.
  4. Two letters of recommendation (at least one should be from a professor).
  5. Interview with appropriate faculty director.

[ Start the application ]

Requirements

Course requirements include:

  • EDUC 0900: Fieldwork and Seminar in Secondary Education
    To be completed before semester VII
  • EDUC 1450: The Psychology of Teaching and Learning
    To be completed before semester VIII
  • EDUC 2060: Methods of Teaching (includes teaching practicum at Brown Summer High School)
    Summer between semester VI & VII
  • EDUC 2090: Literacy Across the Curriculum
    Summer between semester VI & VII
  • EDUC 1070: Student Teaching
    Semester VII or VIII
  • EDUC 1080: Analysis of Teaching
    Semester VII or VIII
  • Elective Course in Education
  • Praxis II test       (see information below)

Content Area Requirements:

English: 8 courses
History/SS: 6 courses History/3 courses Social Studies
Biology: 8 courses
Chemistry: 8 courses
Engineering: 8 courses

Requirements for Certification

By the completion of the Undergraduate Teacher Education Program at Brown University, students are expected to have taken the following courses in their content area.

FOR ENGLISH:

Students must plan to complete a minimum of eight (8) courses in the study of literature and language, which should include work in the following:

  • Theories of writing or theories of teaching writing
  • Critical theory
  • Literature of the western canon, including Chaucer, Shakespeare, and the English Romantic poets
  • American literature
  • American ethnic literature
  • Modern and contemporary literature
  • Literature in translation or world literature
  • Poetry
  • Drama
  • Linguistics, focusing on the structure of language and social influences on language development and use
  • Media studies

FOR HISTORY/SOCIAL STUDIES:

 Students must plan to complete a minimum of nine (9) courses in history and social studies.

Six (6) courses in history must be distributed among the following:

  • American history
  • Western civilization
  • Non-Western civilization
  • European history

Three (3) courses in the social sciences disciplines may include coursework in:

  • Anthropology
  • Economics
  • Geography
  • Political science
  • Sociology

FOR BIOLOGY:

Students must plan to complete a minimum of eight (8) biology courses, which should include work in the following:

  • Botany
  • Zoology
  • Physiology
  • Genetics
  • Ecology

FOR CHEMISTRY:

Students must plan to complete a minimum of eight (8) courses in chemistry, which should include work in the following:

  • Organic chemistry
  • Inorganic chemistry
  • Analytical chemistry
  • Physical chemistry
  • Biochemistry

FOR ENGINEERING/PHYSICS:

 Students must plan to complete a minimum of eight (8) courses in engineering, which should include work in the following:

  • Mechanics
  • Electricity and magnetism
  • Optics
  • Properties of matter
  • Thermodynamics

Praxis II test

For accreditation purposes for the state of Rhode Island, teacher education candidates must demonstrate competency in their field of certification.  Therefore, you need to take the appropriate Praxis II test before beginning the UTEP program in June between your junior and senior years. 

Register for the test and review sample test questions at: www.ets.org/praxisMake sure to give a copy of your score report to the Teacher Education program.  This is very IMPORTANT.

English: English Language Arts Content and Analysis (5039)
Passing score = 168

History/Social Studies: Social Studies: Content Knowledge (5081)
Passing score = 162

Biology: Biology: Content Knowledge (5235)
Passing score = 157

Chemistry: Chemistry: Content Knowledge (5245)
Passing score = 156

Engineering/Physics: Physics: Content Knowledge (5265)
Passing score = 146