Steinhardt, FAS Announce Scholarship Program to Train More Teachers of High School Science and Math

In an effort to increase the number of highly qualified science and mathematics teachers in high-needs secondary schools across the U.S., the Faculty of Arts and Science and the Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development have announced a new scholarship program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).

The NYU Noyce Scholarship Program will prepare 26 teachers of science and math over the course of four years. Students admitted to the program as undergraduates will be obligated to teach at a secondary school designated as high-need for a period of four years.

The program is sponsored by a grant from the NSF and is the brainchild of faculty from FAS and Steinhardt, including David Scicchitano, associate professor of biology; Jalal Shatah, professor of mathematics; Karen D. King, associate professor of mathematics education; Pamela Fraser-Abder, associate professor of science education; and Joseph P. McDonald, professor of teaching and learning.

"The ultimate impact of the scholarship program is to produce extraordinarily well-prepared science and math teachers, both in terms of pedagogy and background in their discipline, in high-needs schools," said Scicchitano, principal investigator of the NSF grant. "It’s a very attractive package, offering a strong degree program and sound financial support."

Under the terms of the scholarship, undergraduate students in STEM majors (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) who express an interest in secondary education as a career goal will be recruited in their sophomore and junior years to participate in a teaching and learning residency at a high-needs NYC public school.

The semester-long residency will include 40 hours of classroom-based work as well as weekly seminars that expose the students to pedagogical issues of the profession. After completing the residency, students can apply to become NYU Noyce Scholars.

The scholarships will provide a $10,000 undergraduate scholarship in addition to 100% funding for an additional fifth year to complete the master’s degree in math and science education.

The creation of the NYU Noyce Scholarship Program complements other recently launched initiatives aimed at increasing the number of highly trained teachers of math and science in public schools.