In its continuing initiatives to prepare teachers for the 21st century, UTEP secured a grant from the United States Department of Education to expand its offerings and reach. Now, in partnership with Jersey City Public Schools and Liberty Science Center, non-profit science museum dedicated to bringing the excitement, power, and promise of science and technology to people of all ages, Excite and Ignite: Building the Next Generation of Teachers (NextGen) provides specialized resources from the world of informal science education for students seeking teaching certification in a STEM field—science, technology, engineering, or mathematics. This transformative partnership prepares future teachers with a deeper understanding of science and engineering practices and to teach STEM fields with a broader repertoire of hands-on, minds-on instructional strategies. Moreover, all UTEP teacher candidates participate in a yearlong clinical experience and receive support during their first two years of teaching.
UTEP is fully accredited by the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).