MIT STEP offers a teacher licensing program that can be done entirely at MIT or in conjunction with courses at Wellesley College. This program licenses students to teach mathematics or science in grades 5-12. The Scheller Teacher Education Program, offered through the Department of Urban Studies and Planning, prepares MIT students to become teachers who are competent to teach in their field, willing to challenge established norms, able to bridge the boundaries among disciplines, and eager to help students develop the desire to question and explore. Click here for more info on STEP and here for more info on classes.
STEP is actively engaged in many research and development projects, designing and testing new learning technologies for use in formal and informal education. While some projects are in limited testing with partners, others are freely available for all to try and to use (some complete with curriculum and assessment). Find out more about these projects on the projects page.
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Biograph is a collaborative learning opportunity based on an NSF-funded, multi-year research study being carried out by the MIT Scheller Teacher Education Program and the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education.The goal of Biograph is to improve introductory biology learning at the high school level by introducing complex systems topics as a unifying theme and encouraging students to interact with agent-based computer models designed to ‘bring to life’ complex systems ideas in biology. It is our hypothesis that this improved curriculum will, ultimately, better prepare students for college level instruction, and help to address common misconceptions in the biological sciences.