Why Choose UTEP?
Q: UTEP seems like a lot of time. Is it worth it?
A: Absolutely. UTEP seeks to place highly qualified and well-prepared teachers in public schools. Schooling young Americans is serious business, and only the most talented teachers who are well-versed in academic content and methods of instruction will do the job right. UTEP is an opportunity for you to acquire the skills necessary to thrive in a classroom.
Q: What about the other quicker ways of getting to teach in public schools?
A: While there are plenty of other "alternative" routes to getting your feet wet in a public school classroom, no other program for college students will as thoroughly and masterfully prepare you for the challenges and rigor of a classroom. The "become a public school teacher quick" schemes are simply not the same quality as UTEP. You will not be very well-prepared and may find yourself getting frustrated easily, or worse, burning out prematurely.
Q: I'm not sure I want to be a teacher for the rest of my life. Should I still do UTEP?
A: Yes. Not all graduates of UTEP go into teaching, but every UTEP student agrees that the experience and preparation was extremely valuable. Teaching in your subject area helps you understand the important principles of your discipline. The field work experiences enhance the repertoire of meaningful activities that you do as an undergraduate. And many graduates find that their communication, presentation, and organizational skills improve enormously as a result of the field work. It?s a huge accomplishment just to stand in front of a classroom full of teenagers.
Q: I want to be a teacher for just a few years. Is UTEP a good idea?
A: Yes. Teaching is a rewarding and challenging profession for whatever period of time you do it. Many UTEP graduates teach for several years in public schools before going on to graduate schools in their subject area, professional schools in areas such as law, business, and medicine, and educational administration or policy. All UTEP graduates share in common the unique career perspective and skills training that UTEP enabled them to have.
Q: It still seems like a lot of time...
A: UTEP requires only three courses and one semester of full-time teaching during school hours (usually 7:30 to 2:30 or so), for which you get academic credit. It is most definitely time well-spent and an incredibly meaningful experience to have as an undergraduate. Most students can make UTEP fit with their undergraduate course work with careful planning; the UTEP office provides extensive and ongoing academic advising.