Nearly half of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) majors have an interest in becoming a teacher, but unfortunately, most never pursue teaching as a career. There is a shortage of math and science teachers.
Research shows that STEM faculty and students have deeply held but often misinformed perceptions about the teaching profession.
Did you know...?
- Teachers in the United States rate their lives better than all other occupation groups, trailing only physicians.
- Behind every advance in medicine or technology is a teacher who left a lasting impression.
- Mid-career teacher salaries typically range between $60,000 and $100,000.
- Most teaching jobs have better retirement benefits than other jobs you can get with the same degree.
- You can get a job almost anywhere in the U.S. or abroad as a science or math teacher.
- Over 78% of high school science teachers are still in the classroom after 5 years of teaching.
- Grade 7-12 science and math teachers get paid more than most college teaching faculty.
- Research shows that the classroom teacher has a greater impact on student learning than all other aspects of schools (i.e., class size and funding per student).
Teaching is an excellent option for you if you....
- Love math and/or science
- Want to share your love of math and/or science with young people
- Are serious about making a difference in the lives of young people
- Want job security
- Want variety in your work day
- Want a job where fun and creativity are encouraged
- Value life-long learning
- Want a job that is more than “just a job”
You should consider applying for the Noyce Scholarship to help you on your path toward becoming a science or math teacher.
Learn More About Becoming a STEM Teacher
- Get the Facts Out
- National Science Teaching Association (NSTA)
- National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM)
- Connecticut Science Teachers Association (CSTA)
- Associated Teachers of Mathematics in Connecticut (ATOMIC)
- Connecticut Department of Education