Everything’s bigger in Texas – except the supply of math and science teachers. To help support the certification of new educators in these fields, the National Science Foundation has awarded a $1.45 million Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship grant to UT Arlington’s College of Education and Health Professions and the College of Science.
The two colleges are working with the Arlington, Dallas, Hurst-Euless-Bedford, and Fort Worth school districts on the five-year project, which places teacher candidates in early field experiences with mentor teachers. The grant complements a previous NSF Robert Noyce Grant for $900,000. Together, the awards offer two-year, $10,000 annual scholarships to selected undergraduate students seeking teacher certification in middle school science and mathematics and in high school earth science, biology, chemistry, and physics.
The new grant further supports post-baccalaureate students seeking to switch careers and become secondary math or science teachers. These returning students may apply for a one-year, $10,000 scholarship. The newly certified math and physical science teachers pledge to serve at least two years in a high-need school for each year of scholarship support.
Teaching Future Einsteins
UT Arlington is also helping to fill the math and science teacher shortage through UTeach Arlington. Through field experiences in K-12 schools, guidance from master teachers, and more, math and science majors are learning just what it means to inspire the next generation of math and science enthusiasts.