The MonarchTeach program is for mathematics, science, and technology majors who want to consider teaching. All MonarchTeach students earn a degree in their content area, so students who wish to enroll in MonarchTeach courses are encouraged to first discuss their curriculum plan with their assigned academic advisor. The following departments have undergraduate curriculum tracks designed for students to earn their degree and also obtain a license to teach in Virginia: Biological Sciences; Chemistry and Biochemistry; Mathematics and Statistics; Ocean, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences; Physics; STEM Education and Professional Studies.
Rising freshman and sophomore students begin the MonarchTeach program by taking STEM 101-Step 1: Inquiry Approaches to Teaching STEM. This one-credit course allows math, science, and technology majors to explore teaching as a career. Students gain teaching experience first-hand as they prepare and teach lessons in a nearby elementary school classroom. The course meets weekly on the ODU campus to prepare students for their field experiences. Experienced master teachers help students prepare lessons using an inquiry-based method. After completion of Step 1, students take Step 2 (STEM 102), a one-credit course where students prepare and teach lessons in middle school classrooms.
Following completion of Step 1 and Step 2, students can choose to enter into the MonarchTeach program and become eligible for scholarships, internships, and other assistance available only to MonarchTeach students. Students who entered ODU as freshmen in the Fall 2013 or later will be able to begin the program in any subsequent semester and still complete the program before graduation if they start by the beginning of their third year.
Even if students decide not to go further with MonarchTeach courses, they will still receive a stipend for successfully completing Step 1 and Step 2.