University accepting applications for STEM master's residency program
12:10 p.m., Feb. 1, 2012--For undergraduate students in the STEM fields -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics -- who are interested in teaching, the University of Delaware offers a 10-month master’s in teaching degree that prepares graduates to teach science or math in high-needs schools in the state.
Applications from interested undergraduates should be submitted this month for the 2012-13 school year.
The career connection
The STEM Teacher Residency Program combines classwork with field instruction to ensure graduates are well prepared to enter the world of education. UD is one of the few universities in the country to offer this specialized master’s degree.
Classes begin in July, overlapping with an internship component running from August to May of the following year. The teaching internship takes place at a Delaware high school, where residents serve 20 hours a week in the fall, increasing to 40 hours a week in the spring.
Students begin by observing and assisting teachers in the classroom and gradually assume the majority of the teaching responsibilities. Graduates of the program are awarded a master of arts in teaching degree with an institutional recommendation for teacher certification.
Candidates are offered a funding package that includes tuition scholarship and a monthly stipend. By accepting the package, the candidate agrees to teach in a Delaware high-needs public school for three years. Assistance will be provided for placement.
“This is a great opportunity for our undergraduates in technical fields, with strong content background, to be immersed for 10 months in education and school settings while preparing for a career in teaching,” says Brad Glass, program coordinator.
The STEM Residency Program is funded through the Race to the Top initiative and ensures cooperation with the Departments of Education at both the state and national levels, as well as with local school districts and employers.
To learn more, visit the Teach STEM website.