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.