Preservice Teachers

Helios STEM Middle School Residency Program

The Helios STEM Middle School Residency Program

group photo of Helios 2014 math cohortHelios STEM Middle School Residency Program 2014 Math cohort.

The Helios STEM Middle School Residency Program is part of the STEM Education Initiative at USF that serves as an umbrella for new teacher education programs for middle school STEM teachers. Pre-service teachers in this program earn certification to teach middle school STEM courses.

All content, methods, and education courses in this program are designed to specifically focus on middle school learners, curriculum, teaching, and content. It includes two-semester long early field experiences and a yearlong teaching residency in which the pre-service teachers co-teach with a Hillsborough County Public School teacher for an entire academic year. Development of these teacher education programs is funded by the Helios Education Foundation for $3,166,000.

Making use of a 2.7 million dollar award from the Helios Education Foundation, this project supports the implementation of the newly developed STEM middle school teacher education program for STEM teachers. This program is:

This program addresses the call to prepare effective teachers for the 21st-century classroom by engaging them in extensive
field-based clinical training supported by skilled practitioners. The aim is to produce and enhance the retention of middle school STEM educators who enter the field ready to teach rigorous content standards (e.g., Common Core Standards for
Mathematics, Next Generation Sunshine State Standards for Science), understand the unique learning needs of adolescent learners, and are prepared to teach a diverse student population, including those in high-needs environments.

Principal Investigator: Dr. Cheryl Ellerbrock

For inquiries contact: Cheryl Ellerbrock, Ellerbro@usf.edu

Visit the Helios STEM Middle School Residency Program site.