STEM Teacher Education Program (NC STEP)

NC STEP - STEM Teacher Education ProgramA globally competitive, knowledge-based economy is a fact of life for North Carolina’s students — now and for the foreseeable future — and science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) are critical drivers in that economy. To reduce a potentially crippling workforce knowledge gap and to ensure that all students gain STEM-related skills, North Carolina must fundamentally change approaches to teaching and make these disciplines accessible and relevant.

Given that reality, North Carolina faces a critical need for highly skilled teaching professionals focused in STEM areas. The North Carolina STEM Teacher Education Program (NC STEP) provides an opportunity for those interested in mastering innovative approaches to STEM education that reach all students to successfully prepare them for the new economy.

The application period for the 2015-2016 cohort is now open. We will have two possible program start dates: January 2015 and August 2015. Application deadlines are as follows:

  • Early acceptance: November 14, 2014 (To begin program in January 2015)
  • General acceptance: March 6, 2015 (To begin program in August 2015)
  • Summer acceptance: June 12, 2015 (as space allows)

What is NC STEP?

NC STEP is an alternative licensure program seeking mid-career professionals and recent college graduates interested in becoming secondary science, technology, engineering or math (STEM) teachers. Administered by NC New Schools and approved by the State Board of Education, this cost-free, non-traditional teacher prep program is supported by a federal Transition to Teaching grant. This program has also been selected as a partner in 100Kin10, a national multi-sector effort to increase the number of STEM teachers by 100,000 during the next 10 years, and has been approved by the North Carolina State Board of Education as an alternative route to teacher licensure.

Who can apply?

NC STEP is a teacher preparation program designed for a very specific audience. To be eligible, applicants must have a four-year college degree (bachelor’s degree) in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) related field and have an interest in becoming a teacher of STEM courses in a NC secondary school. Applicants who currently hold a teaching license are not eligible for the program. Click here to begin the online application.

How long will it take to complete the program?

The program consists of a school-based internship with continuous instructional feedback and a team-centered mentoring approach. Following the internship, there is a three-year commitment to teach in an NC New Schools partner district as an alternatively licensed teacher.  The training program also includes concurrent participation in four online courses through WIDE World at Harvard Graduate School of Education, and participation in aligned seminars and professional development workshops through North Carolina New Schools.

Where will the program be conducted?

Training sites are located in the most innovative secondary schools who are partnering with NC New Schools in the following school systems. The following schools are currently serving as host sites — other options may be available within the NC New Schools network:
– Brunswick County Early College High School (Brunswick County)
– Caldwell Early College (Caldwell County)
– City of Medicine Academy (Durham County)
– Cross Creek Early College High School (Cumberland County)
– Early College of Forsyth (Forsyth County)
– Early/Middle College at GTCC-Jamestown (Guilford County)
– Edgecombe Early College High School (Edgecombe County)
– Stanly Early College High School (Stanly County )
– Union County Early College (Union County)
– Vance County Early College High School (Vance County)
– Wake Early College of Health Sciences (Wake County)
– Wayne School of Engineering (Wayne County)

More Information

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