Why Teach STEM

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.



Loan Forgiveness Programs for Teachers

Southern's Noyce Teaching Scholarship Program will cover full tuition and fees for your final two years in college. However, you may have accrued loans during your first two or more years of post-secondary education. There are a couple of loan forgiveness programs for teachers that would, effectively, make your entire college education free! 

Learn More About Becoming a STEM Teacher