Teacher Certification

Robert Noyce Teaching Fellowships

Robert Noyce Teaching Scholarships and Stipends

Through the generous support of the National Science Foundation's Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program, we are pleased to be able to offer substantial financial assistance to selected USM students who are enrolled in our mathematics and science teacher preparation programs. Graduate students in USM's Extended Teacher Education Program (ETEP) are eligible for up to $15,000 in stipend support. Undergraduates in TEAMS, CLASS, and Secondary Mathematics Education are eligible for scholarships of $10,000 a year.

In exchange for these generous awards, you must teach math or science in a high needs school district upon completion of your teacher preparation program. Because districts' demographics change from year to year, it is not possible to predict with certainty whether a specific district will qualify as a high needs school in the future. However, the large majority of Maine districts have met Noyce criteria each year. If you have questions about whether a specific district qualifies, contact Amy Johnson, Noyce Program Manager at amyj@usm.maine.edu. The service commitment is two years of teaching for every year of support.

Graduate Student Support:

Individuals enrolled in USM's Extended Teacher Education Program (ETEP) for math or science teacher certification are eligible to apply for stipend support of $15,000. The stipends are distributed as paychecks over the course of the 10-month program, and are in addition to any student loans for which you may be eligible .

Robert Noyce Teacher Fellowship Application Form (For Graduate Students)

Undergraduate Student Support:

USM students enrolled in TEAMS, CLASS, or the secondary mathematics education program are eligible for scholarships of $10,000 per year (or $5,000 a semester) while completing your bachelor's degree. You can choose a $7,500 stipend for your final post-baccalaureate semester of internship if you complete your bachelor's degree beforehand and are enrolled as an MTL student.

Robert Noyce Teacher Fellowship Application Form (For Undergraduate Students)

Deadlines:

March 1st of each year for priority consideration; later applications will be accepted for waitlist consideration.

Eligibility

To be eligible for these scholarships, students must:

Have a degree in, or be currently majoring in, a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) field. Minimum GPA: 3.0 in the STEM major or overall.

Intend to teach math or science at the middle or high school level (grades 6-12).

Be a junior or senior in TEAMS, CLASS, or Secondary Math Ed, and have successfully passed candidacy; OR be accepted into ETEP for 7-12 life science, 7-12 physical science, 7-12 mathematics, or K-8 with an intention of teaching middle school.

Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Applicants are expected to be full-time; however, part-time students will also be considered, for prorated award amounts.

Commitments

In exchange for these generous awards, recipients must teach math or science in a high needs school district upon completion of their teacher preparation programs. Because districts' demographics change from year to year, it is not possible to predict with certainty whether a specific district will qualify as a high needs school in the future. However, the large majority of Maine districts have met Noyce criteria each year. If you have questions about whether a specific district qualifies, contact Amy Johnson, Noyce Program Manager at amyj@usm.maine.edu. The service commitment is two years of teaching for every year of support, or one year of teaching per semester of support.

As scholarship and stipend recipients, students are also expected to:

Participate as Peer Leaders in facilitating study sessions for undergraduate chemistry and math courses. This requires a time commitment of approximately three hours per week. (Some ETEP students participating in sites more than half an hour from a USM campus can choose to opt-out of this requirement and receive a reduced stipend of 10,000 per year).

Attend at least one professional development seminar each semester until the Noyce teaching service commitment has been met.

Participate in an online discussion and support group.

Provide the program with timely updates about their teaching placements and progress, and participate in evaluation activities such as surveys and classroom observations.

Questions? Please e-mail Amy Johnson, Noyce Program Manager, at amyj@usm.maine.edu.