The College of Education is pleased to announce the approval of the Noyce Scholar Program at Marquette University. This program is made possible through an $800K grant from the National Science Foundation. This collaborative and unique program will provide training of highly qualified majors in STEM fields to teach in the middle or high school.
The partnership includes the Marquette Teacher Preparation program in the College of Education, the Cooperative Education Program in the College of Engineering, and the strong tradition of undergraduate summer research that characterizes the science departments in the College of Arts and Sciences.
The goals of the Noyce Scholar Program at Marquette University are:
To educate six STEM majors every year as secondary teachers, a tripling of Marquette University’s current output.
To raise the profile of teaching as a profession in grades K – 12 among STEM undergraduate students and faculty members
To serve as a model for institutional change by replacing the constructs of courses/credits as teacher education prerequisites with an approach that tightly integrates teaching standards with STEM content
The five-year program thoughtfully blends strengths of three academic units, using a developmentally appropriate model that moves candidates from the awareness stage to apprenticeship, immersion, and mastery. What sets the Noyce program apart from our other secondary education programs are the three teaching co-op work terms, built on the engineering industry co-op model, but substituting extensive teaching field experience for industry experience. By adapting the industry co-op model to teaching field study, field experiences can be integrated on a regular basis throughout the candidates’ undergraduate programs. Moreover, teaching standards are uniquely reinforced through individualized programs embedded in authentic middle and high school settings. In the collective, these fresh, well sequenced, and creatively integrated design elements position the program as state-of-the-art in education circles and for helping to meet the growing need for effective STEM teaching in middle and secondary schools.
The National Science Foundation provides funding to institutions of higher education to support scholarships, stipends, and academic programs for undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors and post-baccalaureate students holding STEM degrees who commit to teaching in high-need K-12 school districts.