STEM Teacher Education Program (NC STEP)

Strategy Talent Development: STEM Teacher Education Program (NC STEP)[Photo: Cedric Wright, an NC STEP intern, assists a Hillside New Tech High School student with graphic design.]

**Applications received by June 18 will be considered for interviews on June 23. Applications will continue to be accepted as space allows.**

A 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 2014-15 cohort is now open. Click here to apply. Applications received by June 18 will be considered for interviews on June 23. Applications will continue to be accepted 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?
Potential training sites will be located in the most innovative secondary schools who are partnering with NC New Schools in the following school systems:
- Brunswick County Schools
- Caldwell County Schools
- Cumberland County Schools
- Edgecombe County Public Schools
- Piedmont Region (Guilford, Winston-Salem/Forsyth)
- Stanly County Schools
- Triangle Region (Durham, Johnston, Wake)
- Union County Public Schools (greater Charlotte area)
- Vance County Schools
- Wayne County Public Schools

For more details, click on the following links:
Click here to request additional information about NC STEP.

Contact the program at ncstep@ncnewschools.org. Sign up for INNOVATOR to receive regular updates about NC New Schools and NC STEP.

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