BOULDER - The University of Colorado-Boulder is launching a new degree program that will allow engineering students to simultaneously complete the requirements for a secondary school math or science teacher's license.

The General Engineering Plus undergraduate degree with the CU Teach Engineering concentration launched this fall is for freshman and sophomore students.

The CU Teach Engineering concentration was created by the College of Engineering and Applied Science.

The degree program offers a hands-on, design-based engineering core curriculum, coupled with an emphasis on aerospace, mechanical, environmental, architectural, or civil engineering.

"This could be a game changer in getting engineering colleges nationwide to engage in STEM teacher production and, at scale, really put the "E" in STEM for our nation's youth," said Jacquelyn Sullivan, who co-directs the GE-Plus program along with Derek Reamon. STEM is an acronym for science, technology, engineering and math.

Sullivan, with support from the National Science Foundation, also leads TeachEngineering.org, a free digital library of hands-on engineering activities designed for use by K-12 teachers, and the TEAMS program, in which Ph.D. engineering students from CU-Boulder teach engineering curricula in grades 4-12 STEM classes in partner schools in three school districts.