Dear Future Teachers, Alumni, and Stakeholders,
I want to welcome all of our future teachers to the Department of Teacher Education and Certification! We have a large cohort in our introductory courses this fall, and we’re excited to have our new curriculum changes implemented, including a B.S. in Education and an undergraduate certificate in Teaching and Learning. We continue our commitment to lowering the cost of a degree for teachers by pursuing grant opportunities, choosing inexpensive but quality textbooks, and providing funding for all extraneous fees including exams and background checks. We want to thank all of our mentor teachers who hosted a S&T student in their classroom last year.
Despite the turmoil of the past year and a half, our faculty have impressive accomplishments, including a National Science Foundation grant in partnership with the department of geosciences and geological and petroleum engineering. This grant will provide secondary STEM teacher training for geoscience field trips focused on water. I was recently named Presidential Engagement Fellow, and I am excited to speak to groups across the state about rural education.
Our department has grown since last year, both in enrollment and staff, and we are welcoming two new centers. Both centers align with our department mission and provide high quality educational experiences for our students and our region. We continue to partner with the South Central Regional Center for Professional Development and other departments on campus.
The long awaited Missouri S&T Child Development Center will open in January 2022; construction is funded by a $2.7 million grant from the state of Missouri. This center will be open to children in the community as well as students, staff, and faculty. State subsidies and scholarships are available; any donations to the scholarship fund are greatly appreciated. For more information, including job openings, please visit https://childcenter.mst.edu/.
Also opening soon is the Kummer Center for STEM Education. The STEM Center, funded in part by a state MoExcels grant, will have a physical location in the Technology Development Center next summer. The STEM Center will provide teacher professional development, tutoring and STEM activities for the community, as well as outreach to K-12 schools. S&T’s popular summer camp offerings will now be run by STEM Center staff. For more information and a calendar of events, please visit https://stemcenter.mst.edu/ .
I hope you are finding some joy to build your resilience; the past year and a half have been wearing on everyone but particularly educators.
Beth Kania-Gosche, PhD
Professor and Chair of Teacher Education and Certification