Exploring Teaching and STEM Education for Undergrads

Opportunities are organized into these broad categories:


Education Courses

The following do NOT require acceptance into the School of Education.

Not all courses are offered every semester. Check current course listings.


Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching (EDUC 2020, 1 credit): This class includes going out to Elementary Schools in the area to teach lessons in Math or Science. This is a great opportunity to work with real students and become more familiar with the inquiry method of teaching. CUTeach site.


Step 1: Inquiry Approach to Teaching in Informal Settings (EDUC 2025, 1 credit): This course invites science and mathematics students to explore teaching and learning in informal K-12 environments. Introduces theory and practice necessary to design and deliver excellent instruction. Meets weekly on CU campus (1.5 hours/week) and requires participants to work a minimum of five hours with K-12 students at STEM-related special events such as science fairs, after school programs, and science camps. CUTeach site.


Step 2: Inquiry Based Lesson Design (EDUC 2030, 1 credit): In this class, you will build off your knowledge from Step 1, and begin to create your own lessons while working with Middle School students. Both of these classes are aimed to help students get a better understanding if K-12 teaching is for them. CUTeach site.


School and Society (EDUC 3013, 3 credits): This class fulfills the requirement for Contemporary Societies in the School of Arts and Science. This class brings to light the issues surrounding education in the United States. This class focuses on Social Justice (issues of equity and diversity) and examines the relationship between schools and a larger society.


Knowing and Learning (EDUC 4050, 3 credits): This class delves into the key ideas in teaching and learning math and science. While exploring the student’s own ideas regarding teaching and learning, the class will help broaden the understanding of current theories on learning and development. To help students apply what they learn, students also go to Middle or High Schools in the area to tutor AVID students weekly. CUTeach site.


Teaching and Learning Biology (MCDB 4811/5811 or EDUC 4811/6811, 3 credits): This course provides an introduction to recent research into student learning on the conceptual foundations of modern biology, together with pedagogical methods associated with effective instruction and its valuation. Students will be involved in active research into conceptual and practical issues involved in biology education, methods to discover student preconceptions, and the design, testing and evaluation of various instructional interventions. Final project involves generating a short video lesson on a key biological concept.


Teaching and Learning in Undergraduate Science Courses (MCDB 5650, 1 credit): This class discusses recent research on how students learn and applications to the teaching of undergraduate science courses. Conducted as an interactive workshop, in which active-engagement in learning approaches are modeled and experienced by participants. Open to undergraduate and graduate students. May be used to fulfill the pedagogical training requirement for undergraduate Learning Assistants in upper division science courses. Post-doctoral and faculty auditors are welcome to participate as regular auditors.


Teaching and Learning Physics (PHYS 4460/EDUC 4460, 3 credits): Learn how people understand key concepts in physics. Through examination of physics content, pedagogy and problems, through teaching, and through research in physics education, students will explore the meaning and means of teaching physics. Students will gain a deeper understanding of how education research is done and how people learn. Useful for all students, especially for those in interested in physics, teaching and education research. Prereq., PHYS 3210 and 3310 or instructor consent. Same as PHYS 5560 and EDUC 4460.


Teaching and Learning Chemistry (EDUC 4822/5822, 3 credits): Explores issues related to how people learn and teach chemistry. Reviews high school and early college chemistry concepts both from the content and pedagogical perspectives. Delves into the chemistry education research, education, psychology and cognitive science literature. Provides an opportunity to observe and/or teach K-12 or college chemistry classes. Department enforced prereq., CHEM 1131, 1133, 1271, or 1371.


Community Partnership / Informal Education Programs


PISEC, http://www.colorado.edu/physics/PISEC/


Science Discovery, http://sciencediscovery.colorado.edu/


Thorne Nature Experience, http://www.thornenature.org


Tutoring Opportunities


Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID), http://www.avid.org/


I Have a Dream Foundation (IHAD), http://www.ihadboulder.org/


Tutoring in Area Schools

Many schools in the area are in need of tutors to help the students that are struggling. This can take many forms, and if you are interested you should contact the school.


Tutoring for CU Students, http://www.colorado.edu/sasc/tutoring


Other Resources


Check MyCuInfo for Jobs Needed in Education

These are always changing. To get the job listings visit http://mycuinfo.colorado.edu.