Pathway 2 is for STEM professionals and recent STEM graduates to pursue a master’s degree (MAT) in secondary (Grade 7-12) science or mathematics education. The stipend covers cover tuition and fees for one year or 14 months (if taking summer courses) of the program.
- Hold a bachelor's degree in mathematics or science.
- Been admitted to the applicable science of math (7-12) Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) program through the SCSU School of Graduate & Professional Studies
- Be a U.S. citizen or national, or permanent resident alien.
- Have a cumulative 3.0 undergraduate GPA and maintain a 3.0 GPA while in the MAT program.
- Commit to teaching for Two years in a high-need school district upon graduation.
- Participate in all semi-annual and annual submission of demographic /employment/education related survey information associated with the Noyce Scholarship program.
Students in the OwlsTeach Program ("Noyce Scholars") receive the following benefits:
- Stipend: Pathway 2 Noyce Scholars will receive a stipend that covers tuition and fees for one year (or 14 months) while in the MAT program
- Faculty Mentorship: You will have personal access to dedicated faculty advisors and mentors to support your academic and/or social-emotional needs.
- Peer Mentorship: You will have opportunities to attend "Brown Bag" lunches, or "Tea Time" meetings, the purpose of which is to provide a space for you to social and network with your peers about both academic and personal topics.
- Alumni Mentorship: Noyce Scholars who have graduated and obtained teaching jobs will be regularly invited to return back to campus to interact with current Noyce Scholars and provide insights into successful completion of the program, advice for applying for obtaining a job following graduation, and suggestions for the first year(s) of teaching in a high-needs school.
- Practical Experiences in EDU: As part of your preparation to become a teacher, you will be required to complete many hours of fieldwork in Connecticut's high-needs public schools.
- Financial support to obtain teaching certification: As a Noyce Scholar, the SCSU College of Education will pay for the required state teaching certification examinations (edTPA and Praxis 2), which can be quite expensive.
After successful completion of the OwlsTeach Program, SCSU, in partnership with area school districts, will continue to support Noyce Scholars for their first three years of teaching. Scholars will participate in Connecticut's TEAM mentoring program for new teachers, and will have community support through both online contact and semi-annual cohort gatherings.
How much money is awarded through the Noyce Scholarship?
Pathway 2 MAT receive a stipend that covers tuition and fees for one year or 14 months while enrolled in SCSU's MAT program.
How are Noyce Scholars selected?
Recipients will be selected on the basis of academic merit and for potential success as teachers in high-needs schools. Consideration will be given to financial need and with the goal of achieving diversity in the program, particularly of people traditionally underrepresented in STEM teaching. A selection committee will evaluate the applications, conduct interviews and select recipients.
What if I fail to meet the teaching requirements after graduation?
If you fail to meet either the academic (e.g., minimum GPA) or service (i.e., teaching) requirements of the OwlsTeach program, your scholarship will convert into a zero-interest loan. You will have to pay back some or all of the loan, depending upon how much of the program you successfully completed prior to leaving/removal from the program. This will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
I am undocumented. Can I receive the scholarship?
Each Noyce Scholar must be a U.S. citizen or national, or permanent resident alien.
What long-term support is there for Noyce Graduates?
After successful completion of the OwlsTeach Program, SCSU, in partnership with area school districts, will continue to support Noyce Scholars for their first three years of teaching. Scholars will participate in Connecticut’s TEAM mentoring program for new teachers and will have community support through both online contact and semi-annual cohort gatherings.