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Making a Difference through STEM Education

Fri, 11/09/2012 - 4:26pm | by monicadear

There's a huge need for science and math teachers in America.

Research shows that the most effective way to promote high-levels of student success is to have excellent educators in every classroom, but the demand for teachers in the STEM fields (science, technology, engineering, and math) needs to be filled: by 2015, Business-Higher Education Forum projects that 280,000 new math and science teachers will be needed in America's public school classrooms.

If you're a recent college graduate thinking about your next step, or if you're considering a career change, and this field sounds like the place where you want to make your mark, consider applying to a teaching fellowship program to 1) get your master's, 2) get trained, and 3) get working to educate the youth of America.

The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowships provide winners with a $30,000 stipend to complete an intensive master's degree program at one of seventeen participating Midwest universities. As a Fellow, you'll receive significant teaching experience in public secondary schools in Indiana, Ohio, or Michigan, and you'll receive teacher certification as a benefit of the program.

Each program is unique and has been selected by the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation for its potential to create a model of teacher education excellence.

As a Fellow, expect:

  • 1) Rigorous training
  • 2) Ongoing professional development
  • 3) Significant, hands-on teaching experience in a high-need classroom alongside experienced teacher leaders.
  • 4) Teacher certification obtained at the end of summer 2013 in either Indiana, Ohio, or Michigan.
  • 5) A master's study year divided equally between coursework and immersive "clinical" experiences in schools, observing and working in urban or rural schools three to five days per week.
  • 6) A focus on students in high-poverty urban or rural schools
  • 7) A specialized learning cohort of 20 fellows on each campus
  • 8) Upon starting a three-year commitment as a salaried teacher working for the specific school district, Fellows also receive three years of mentoring from veteran teachers
  • 9) All Fellows receive a $30,000 stipend to help offset the cost of the full-time pre-service Master's year
  • 10) As an additional incentive, many of the universities offer additional financial aid assistance, tuition reductions, and scholarships to Fellows.

If you have a burning desire to help the next generation, and to assist the American economy by helping young people get "turned on" to the STEM subjects, now is a great time to consider applying for the program.

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