Across the state, region, and nation there is an acute need for highly qualified professional educators in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and math. By the year 2015 it is projected that the United States will need 280,000 new PK-12 science and math teachers.

Not only is there an escalating necessity for skilled science and math teachers, but there is a critical need to diversify the teaching population. As the regional and national student populations have become increasingly diverse, the pool of teacher candidates from diverse backgrounds has stagnated.

The WeTEACH program is a student development program created to address challenges in both the recruitment and retention of prospective teachers from historically underrepresented populations in education and students seeking teacher certification in the high need disciplines of science, mathematics, and TESOL.

The WeTEACH program is driven by the needs of UWRF teacher education students from historically underrepresented populations in education and students seeking certification in the high demand fields of science, math, and TESOL. WeTEACH facilitates the provision of academic assistance, peer networking, supplemental advising, Praxis preparation, and activities that enhance the success of K-12 teaching candidates. The WeTEACH program meets as a large group at least once a month and the WeTEACH advisor is available to meet students as often as necessary.

Current and future UWRF students are eligible to participate in the WeTEACH program if they are:

From a historically underrepresented population in education

Students from diverse backgrounds pursuing a degree in ANY Teacher Education field

Males pursuing a degree in Elementary Education

Pursuing a teaching license in a “high need/low supply” teaching field

Math Education

TESOL Education

Science Education

To fill out an APPLICATION please click HERE.

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Contact WeTEACH at:
or WeTeach@uwrf.edumail

For general information on the Teacher Education program or the College of Education and Professional Studies, please contact the Dean's Office at

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