New UHD Program Seeks Aspiring High School Teachers

December 1, 2009

Today is the deadline for those who aspire to become high school teachers to apply for scholarships to enroll in a teaching program at the University of Houston-Downtown.

The U.S. Department of Education has granted $288,000 to UHD to expand the Master of Arts in Teaching program that prepares high school teachers for Texas classrooms. Anyone with a bachelor’s degree who wants to become a high school teacher can apply.

“We are trying to create more wonderful high school teachers who are supported in their teaching,” said Anjoo Sikka, professor of education and project director. “Right now there is a real shortage of high school teachers in Houston, particularly in math and science.”

The program requires the successful completion of 39 credit hours and will take individuals up to 3 years to complete. Students take six to nine hours of coursework combined with in-school teaching experiences in the first semester.

Once accepted, “highly qualified” students can teach in a high school while taking UHD courses, if they meet certain criteria. During their first year of teaching, UHD faculty will work with the student teachers to improve their teaching skills, teach them to make decisions in the classroom and develop a professional support network.

UHD plans to admit students into the program twice a year. The application deadline for the spring semester is Dec. 1. The deadline for fall 2010 admission is July 15. To sign up for the program, contact Leanna McCowan at or 713-221-8906.

InstantNewsWestu Staff

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