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Science Teacher Scholarship Program

Note: This program is for undergraduate chemistry, physics, earth science and biology majors

What is the Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program?

The Montclair State University Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program is dedicated to recruiting, preparing and supporting new science teachers for New Jersey’s high-need K-12 school districts. This project is funded by the National Science Foundation and offers two years of scholarships equal to the amount of New Jersey in-state tuition and fees, as well as an annual stipend of $3,000 to undergraduate chemistry, physics, earth science and biology majors admitted into the Montclair State University Teacher Education Program.

The Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program (NTSP) involves three key features:

  • Financial support for two years of undergraduate teacher preparation.
  • A series of professional experiences designed to support high-quality science teaching.
  • Intensive and well-supervised school-based field experiences.
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Students will study and conduct their fieldwork experiences in cohorts. Specific sections of courses in the professional sequence help Noyce Scholars form a community in which they can develop the knowledge and understanding necessary for successful science teaching and learning in high need districts. In addition, the Noyce program has established partnerships with several school sites that collaborate fully in the education of new teachers.

Who may participate in the Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program?

The NTSP is open to undergraduate students at Montclair State University who are preparing to teach science at the middle or high school level (6-12), and who have been admitted to the Teacher Education Program. Students apply to the Teacher Education and NTSP programs at the same time, and students transferring from two-year institutions are encouraged to apply. In addition to meeting requirements for admission to the Teacher Education Program, scholarship recipients must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75 in the major and a demonstrated commitment to teach in an urban or otherwise high-needs district.

What’s different about the Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program?

  • Coursework for Noyce scholars focuses on preparing science teachers for today’s diverse classrooms.
  • Noyce Scholars will benefit from programmatic support for a wide variety of professional experiences such as attending the NJ Science Convention and working with science educators at the NJ School of Conservation.
  • The summer Science Career Survey Experience, which is coordinated with university partners in local biotechnology, pharmaceutical and manufacturing industries is designed to enable Noyce Scholars to develop a robust knowledge of the range of science-related careers for the benefit of their future students.
  • Noyce Scholars belong to a small, supportive learning community. They take many of the teacher education courses as a cohort, participate in their school experiences in cooperative groups, and collaborate on projects throughout the program. The Noyce faculty and staff provide students enriched advisement and support.
  • Cooperating teachers, mentors and community internship supervisors are carefully selected and work collaboratively with Montclair State faculty and staff to create the best possible learning situations for Noyce Scholars.
  • Scholars receive ongoing support during the first year in the classroom with high-quality mentors.

What are the students’ responsibilities to the program?

Participants agree to participate in a professional sequence of courses that prepares them to teach science in high-need settings.

  • Fieldwork/student teaching in partner schools
  • Maintenance of an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher throughout the program
  • Participation in program events and periodic cohort meetings
  • Commitment to teaching science for four years in a high-need public school in New Jersey upon graduation.

Contact Information:

Noyce Teacher Scholars Program
c/o Dr. Sandra Adams
Dept. of Biology & Molecular Biology
Montclair State University
1 Normal Avenue Montclair, NJ 07043

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Sandra Adams

Professor, Biology

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Applying for the Montclair State University Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

Simply print out the Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program application and submit it with your application materials for the Montclair State University Teacher Education program by each semester’s admissions deadline. The application is available here: Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program Application (PDF)

Noyce Scholars will be identified by April and the program activities begin in June.