MfA Utah launched in January 2010 with funding from the National Science Foundation Robert Noyce Teaching Scholarship Program, the Math for America Foundation, and the State of Utah. Our primary mission continues to be the creation and support of mathematics teacher leaders within a collaborative community focused on improving the quality of mathematics education in Utah. We believe that quality mathematics education is founded on strong content knowledge, content-based pedagogy and collaborative communities. Further, we believe that teaching is a noble and complex profession with skills that require time and a great deal of effort to acquire.
MfA Utah offers five-year fellowships to candidates with strong mathematics backgrounds. Fellows spend their first year taking courses to meet the requirements for licensure in Utah while also working closely with a master teacher mentor in a student teaching type setting. The “student teaching” component of MfA is different than traditional programs in that fellows spend 12 hours per week for the entire year in a secondary classroom with a master teacher working collaboratively on applying what they have learned in their coursework to the practice of teaching. In the second year of the fellowship, fellows are first year teachers. They continue their relationship with their mentor who will visit them in their classroom on a regular basis. Additionally, fellows will continue to work on earning a Masters of Science in Teaching. Throughout the entire five years of the fellowship, MfA Utah provides regular meetings, workshops and other professional development opportunities for fellows and mentors (all cohort meetings and workshops are open to interested parties.) The MfA Utah Fellowship is a partnership with the University of Utah, Utah State University and Utah public school districts.
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