STEM Teacher Education Program (NC STEP)

NC STEP - STEM Teacher Education ProgramA globally competitive, knowledge-based economy is a fact of life for North Carolina’s students — now and for the foreseeable future — and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are critical drivers in that economy. To reduce a potentially crippling workforce knowledge gap and to ensure that all students gain STEM-related skills, North Carolina must fundamentally change approaches to teaching and make these disciplines accessible and relevant.

Given that reality, North Carolina faces a critical need for highly skilled teaching professionals focused in STEM areas. The North Carolina STEM Teacher Education Program (NC STEP) provides an opportunity for those interested in mastering innovative approaches to STEM education that reach all students to successfully prepare them for the new economy.

The application period for the 2015-2016 cohort is now open. We will be implementing two program models: one for currently employed teachers and an internship option for individuals who desire training before entering the classroom as a full-time teacher. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis as they are received.

What is NC STEP?

NC STEP is an alternative licensure program seeking beginning teachers, mid-career professionals and recent college graduates interested in earning licensure toward secondary science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) areas. Administered by NC New Schools and approved by the State Board of Education, this cost-free, non-traditional teacher liensure program is supported by a federal Transition to Teaching grant. This program has also been selected as a partner in 100Kin10, a national multi-sector effort to increase the number of STEM teachers by 100,000 over 10 years, and has been approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education as an alternative route to teacher licensure.

Who can apply?

NC STEP is a teacher preparation program designed for a very specific audience. To be eligible, applicants must have a four-year college degree (bachelor’s degree) in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) related field and have an interest in earning licensure to become a teacher in a STEM area in a NC secondary school. Click here to begin the online application.

How long will it take to complete the program?

The 13-month program of study consists of a team-centered mentoring approach with continuous instructional feedback. The program also includes concurrent participation in four online courses through WIDE World at Harvard Graduate School of Education, and participation in aligned seminars and professional learning workshops through NC New Schools. The internship option includes a school-based internship (18 hours per week). There is a three-year commitment to teach in an NC New Schools partner district as an alternatively licensed teacher.

Where will the program be conducted?

Teachers employed by school districts can participate in their school as long as it is identified as high-needs and within a district in the NC New Schools network. Individuals pursuing the internship option will be trained in the most innovative secondary schools within the NC New Schools network.

More Information

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