Become a National Science Foundation Teaching Fellow
and change lives. Starting with yours.
The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology has called for 100,000 new teachers in the STEM fields – science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. In response, the National Science Foundation (NSF) Robert Noyce Scholarship Program is working with the nation’s top universities to attract and support college graduates who have demonstrated their potential in these fields.
If you are passionate about mathematics or science and would enjoy a career sharing your growing knowledge with young people, you can join the next wave of STEM teachers who will prepare those scientists, engineers, and mathematicians who will lead our nation’s search for answers and innovation.
WHAT is STEM Education?
STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, but STEM Education is much more than the sum of its parts. It is an approach to teaching and learning that more closely reflects and prepares students for the demands of future STEM careers whose precise form and shape we cannot know. STEM Education attempts to transform the typical teacher-centered classroom by encouraging a curriculum and approach to teaching that is driven by problem solving and inquiry and is richly embedded with opportunities for students to develop the transferable skill sets required to actively engage a situation in order to find its solution.
WHY is STEM Education Critical?
Did you know that 62% of California's fastest growing occupations require at least some post-secondary vocational education in a STEM related field? However, many high school graduates do not have the sufficient mathematical or critical thinking skills to even enter post-secondary vocational training. Mathematical and scientific literacy are now considered basic core competencies that are included in the definition of a 21st century literate individual. Students leaving high school with these skills will have a variety of college and career options in growing STEM fields that will continue to drive economic growth. The President's Council on Science and Technology issued a report in 2010 which states that innovation in science and technology accounted for more than half of our economic growth in the United States in the 20th century and an analysis of the future shows that will continue to be true.
Become a Leader in STEM Education!
CGU’s School of Educational Studies is working to create a whole new breed of STEM teachers who focus on transferable scientific skill sets who can prepare the next generation of American workers and leaders. We have taken into account publications such as, Rising Above the Gathering Storm (2005), which highlights the lack of progress American students are making in math and science education and its relationship to the ways we teach STEM in the United States. In 2010, researchers continued to conclude that we have made little or no progress in the teaching of STEM in K-12 settings at large. Our high schools still remain highly compartmentalized, teaching subjects in isolation with little or no attempt to draw connections between the STEM disciplines and their real-world applications. Recent research has shown that student achievement is significantly impacted when these links are made.
Won’t you join us? At CGU, we’re seeking committed individuals who love math and science and want to make an impact through teaching the next generation the necessary critical skills to succeed.
The PhysTEC project has produced an inspiring two-minute video introduction to the benefits of the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship, as told by two Noyce Scholars and a Noyce Program Coordinator. (PhysTEC is a joint APS-American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) project to improve and promote the education of future physics and physical science teachers.)
NSF Noyce Scholarship Programs at CGU
CGU currently offers two distinct NSF sponsored scholarship programs. Each differs with respect to the amount of financial support, years of service requred, and duration. The table below highlights the key differences between the two programs.
Time to Certification/MA
Clinical Training Model (Year 1)
Noyce Phase II Teaching Fellowship
Up to $20K for Certification/MA
Internship: Teaching Fellow is a fully salaried teacher of record for an entire school year and is supported by a university advisor as well as a school mentor. Certification/MA coursework completed concurrently.
Noyce CCSI Teaching Fellowship
Up to $42K for Certification/MA
Residency: Non-salaried clinical experience whereby the Teaching Fellow works under the tutelage of an experienced science or math teacher for a full academic year. Certification/MA coursework completed concurrently.
$1,500/mo. during residency ($15K max.)
Teaching Fellow must teach two years in a high-needs school. The two years of service must be completed within six years of certification.
Teaching Fellow must teach four years in a high-needs school. The four years of service must be completed within six years of certification.
Up to $1,000/yr. for two years after certification for participation in professional development, training and/or research activities.
Up to $10K/yr. for four years after certification for taking advanced STEM courses, professional development, and training and/or research activities.
Project Duration (including service commitment)
Financial Support to earn California Credential
$13K towards obtaining California Clear Credential
All applicants with a STEM degree will be automatically considered for this fellowship. Awardees are notified when admitted.
Noyce Phase II Teaching Fellowship
To qualify, individuals must have a major or minor (or an equivalent degree) in a STEM discipline, have a distinguished record of academic performance, and agree to teach for two years in a diverse public school after earning their certification. After one summer of instruction Teaching Fellows will qualify for an internship credential that allows them to teach—fully salaried—while completing their credential over the next three semesters. Teaching Fellows must secure their own internship (employment) and are free to teach at the school of their choice provided the school meets the federal criteria as a high-needs school and is within a 50 mile radius of CGU. Teaching Fellows also receive an iPad which they use to record, share, and discuss best practices in small discipline specific learning groups throughout the program. All math and science applicants to CGU’s Teacher Education Program are automatically considered for this fellowship. Approximately 10 fellowships are awarded per year.
Noyce CCSI Teaching Fellowship
The Robert Noyce Teaching Fellowship is a five-year program where recent college graduates and mid-career professionals make a commitment to teach math or science in public secondary schools. Teaching Fellows are talented individuals with a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field and are new to teaching. Teaching Fellows are first trained as math or science teachers, then as Master STEM Educators. Each individual receives approximately $42K in tuition support during the first two years of the program to cover the cost of earning a California Preliminary Credential, a California Clear Credential, and a master’s degree in education. During the first year, fellows also receive $15K in living stipends while engaged in a year-long teaching residency. Upon completion of Teaching Certification/MA, fellows are eligible to receive salary supplements of $10K per year for up to four years of teaching math or science in local high-needs schools. Applicants must include supplemental application materials at the time of applying to CGU’s Teacher Education Program. CGU will award a total of 15 fellowships over the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years.