So often, these days, I hear about the shortage of qualified teachers--especially in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). I also hear about the challenge of paying for a college education! For recent college graduates and career changers in STEM, The Woodrow Wilson Teaching Fellowship offers an opportunity.
The goal is to recruit, prepare, and retain effective teachers for the students and schools who need them most. To help achieve that goal, selected students who commit to teach for at least three years in a high-need school will receive a $30,000 stipend to complete an intensive master’s degree program at one of fourteen participating universities, as well as support and mentoring in the classroom.
A competitive candidate is a student who meets these guidelines:
•Has completed an undergraduate degree in a STEM field by June 2011
•Has graduated with a 3.0 GPA or higher
•Demonstrates a commitment to the program and its goals
This seems, to me, like an attractive opportunity for someone who wants to teach, who wants to reach students who most need them, who would like to pursue a master's degree but needs help paying for it. It's not going to be a good fit for everyone, but I wanted to pass it along in case even one of you can use this information!
The application deadline is September 1, so if you're interested, don't delay. You can find more information in the video below, and at http://socialspark.com/metrics/click/post?slot_id=447592&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wwteachingfellowship.org%2F%3Futm_source%3Dizea%26utm_medium%3Dizea%26utm_campaign%3Dizeablogs