Scholarship offers teaching opportunity for science, math majors

There’s good news for science and math majors who would like to go into teaching but have not taken education courses. Alternative licensure is available, along with scholarship funds to pay for it, through the Robert Noyce Scholarships for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Professionals.

Noyce scholars are required to teach for two years in an Ohio high-needs school district following completion of the program. With the two-year, nonrenewable Ohio Alternative Educators License, they can teach their subject area specialization in grades 7-12.

Offered through the University of Toledo, the scholarship offers up to $17,220 for the five-month program, consisting of six credit hours of summer study and another six hours in the fall, including classroom experience.

The fast-track program provides academic, financial and professional support to allow bachelor’s degree holders to transition to careers as classroom teachers. The coursework may apply toward a master’s degree in education.

Ten scholarship winners will be named in April. Applicants must have completed the Praxis II content test for their subject area, and their transcripts will be reviewed by the Ohio Department of Education for content as part of the application process. The deadline to submit applications for summer 2009 is April 1.

Applications for early acceptance are also encouraged and accepted throughout the year.

Two information sessions are scheduled, at 7 p.m. Feb. 5 and 9 in the third-floor conference room in Gilham Hall at UT. To R.S.V.P. or for more information, contact Libbey McNight at 419-530-2060 or visit It is not necessary to attend a session in order to apply.

The Noyce program is supported in part by funding from the National Science Foundation.

January 26, 2009