Educating Secondary Science and Mathematics Teachers for High Needs Schools
The Noyce Scholarship is a collaborative effort between The School of Education, School of Engineering, The College of Humanities and Sciences, John Tyler Community College and J. S. Reynolds Community College in partnership with area school districts including the City of Richmond, Henrico County and Chesterfield County. It provides scholarships to STEM majors interested in teaching in high-needs districts.
If you are interested in teaching science or mathematics in a high needs middle or high school, there are three program options for you: the Noyce Scholarship Program, the RTR program, and Noyce & RTR combined. Here is a chart with information about eligibility, deadlines, the application process, and a quick timeline of your schedule and coursework. Here is a document with additional STEM education scholarship opportunities to supplement your funding needs.
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Meet our Noyce Scholars
For some background information on our current crop of Noyce Scholars, including a brief interview with each, please visit our Noyce Scholars webpage.
Noyce is accepting applications from both rising seniors and students who are ready to start a Master of Teaching program in the fall of 2018.
- GPA of 3.0 or higher
- Comparable coursework or degree in STEM area as a junior to start Noyce senior year or as a graduating senior to start graduate school
- Satisfactory test scores for all teacher licensure exams 1. VCLA, 2. Praxis Core: Math Only (or a SAT score of 1100+ with 530+ on Math), and 3. Praxis Subject Test: Content Knowledge
- Commit to teaching science or mathematics in a high-needs school district for two years for every year of funding received
- U.S. citizen or legal resident
If you are interested in the Noyce M.T. Program, here is what you need to do:
- Apply to a Master's of Teaching program in the School of Education.
- Apply to the Noyce Scholarship using this link and send letters of recommendation (via email to Elizabeth Edmondson, Ph.D., at firstname.lastname@example.org or via mail to VCU Department of Teaching and Learning, Attention: NOYCE, 1015 West Main Street, P.O. Box 842020, Richmond, VA 23284-2020).
- Apply to the RTR program if interested.
- Receive funding of up to $24,000 towards VCU’s Master of Teaching (MT) degree.
- A high quality teacher preparation program focusing on preparing teachers for urban and rural, high needs schools.
- Training in teaching strategies to adapt curriculum to meet the diverse needs of integrated classrooms.
- Experience a year-long clinical experience in a high needs school under the guidance of highly-trained master teachers (Noyce Teaching Fellows) from our partner districts.
- Receive on-going mentor support from university faculty during the first two years of teaching.
Take advantage of the opportunity to help those students who need you the most!
It is up to you– Apply for a VCU NOYCE Scholarship today!
A local educational agency that serves a secondary school located in an area in which there is …
- A high percentage of individuals from families with incomes below the poverty line.
- A high percentage of secondary school teachers not teaching in the content area in which the teachers were trained to teach; or
- A high teacher turnover rate.
Teaching in a high-needs school can be highly rewarding for teachers looking to make a difference.
VCU is excited to have a collaborative effort between the School of Education, the School of Engineering, and the College of Humanities and Sciences, in partnership with area community colleges and school districts including: