The Teacher Preparation Program of Rio Salado College recently received a National Science Foundation (NSF) Noyce Scholarship Program award of nearly $1.2 million to support the recruitment and training of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals who are interested in becoming teachers in seventh- through 12th-grade classrooms in Arizona.
The Noyce Scholarship award will fund tuition, textbooks, fees and technical support for four cohorts of 10 participants each over the next four years. Applicants must be a U.S. citizen, Arizona resident, have a minimum of three years' experience in a STEM-related field, a bachelor's degree in a STEM discipline, and a commitment to teach for two years in a high-need school. The application deadline for the first cohort is Dec. 16.
Successful Noyce scholar participants will complete a comprehensive 15-month teacher certification program with online course instruction and on-site teaching experiences in local school districts.