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EnCorps STEM Teachers Program
EnCorps STEM Teachers Program

The Need

In 2019, NYSUT Research and Educational Services reported that New York State officials estimate a need of over 180,000 new teachers over the next decade. Unfortunately, from 2009 to 2019, enrollment in teacher education programs in New York state declined 53%. The teacher shortage is impacting a growing number of subject areas and in high poverty schools, especially in urban areas like NYC.

In order to meet this need, the New York Academy of Sciences has partnered with EnCorps to expand their work in strengthening the STEM teacher pipeline to the New York City area. EnCorps’ vision is to ensure all students, regardless of socioeconomic status, have a strong STEM foundation to help them navigate an increasingly complex world.

Helping STEM Professionals Transition to Teaching

The EnCorps STEM Teachers Program supports professionals from the fields of science, IT, finance, accounting, engineering and research who use their previous experience to inspire students in the STEM fields. Fellows commit to Guest Teaching with a Host Teacher from one of our partner sites for 2 hours/week over the course of a semester. During this time, Fellows gain valuable experience in working in a classroom setting, attend professional development sessions, and receive support in exploring certification program options.

EnCorps STEM Teachers Program

Frequently Asked Questions

+ Who is eligible to apply?

To apply, you must:

  • Be willing to travel within NYC to complete a Guest Teaching semester
  • Have at least 1 or more years of work or research experience as a STEM industry professional OR possess an advanced degree in a STEM field​.
  • Be fully eligible to work in the United States (US Citizen or Permanent Resident)
  • Possess a baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a GPA of 2.50 or higher (foreign degrees must be independently evaluated to determine equivalency)
  • Not currently hold a teaching certificate
  • Complete and submit EnCorps’ online application

+ Can I apply even if I have no previous teaching experience or prior coursework in education?

  • Yes! The EnCorps STEM Teachers Program is designed to support professionals in the math, science, engineering, and technology fields who are interested in exploring a pathway to a career transition teaching in high needs schools, and who demonstrate leadership, achievement, and a commitment to urban education. Previous coursework or experience in education is not necessary.

+ What does the time commitment look like?

  • Fellows commit to Guest Teaching for 2 hours/week over the course of a semester.
  • During this time, they also attend professional development sessions and explore the options for enrolling in a teaching certification program
  • Fellows who decide to fully transition to teaching will commit to working at least 3 years in a high needs school

+ What does Guest Teaching entail?

  • Guest Teaching is done under the supervision of an experienced Host Teacher from one of our partner sites. Over the course of the semester, Fellows go from simply observing to ultimately planning and facilitating a lesson on their own.

+ Will I receive any additional compensation as part of this program?

  • EnCorps fellows receive a stipend of $500 upon completion of their semester-long guest teaching experience, as well as a complimentary 1-year membership to the Academy.

About EnCorps

The EnCorps STEM Teachers Program empowers science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals to transform public education by teaching in high needs schools. Enduring STEM achievement, access, and literacy gaps disproportionately limit low income, under-resourced, and minority student opportunities. STEM professionals, when thoroughly prepared, are uniquely positioned to meaningfully utilize their talent and real-world expertise as EnCorps STEM Teachers to deliver an authentic, rigorous, and relevant STEM education to the students who need it most. EnCorps is an innovative, long-term solution to the shortage of high quality, impactful educators for under-resourced students in high needs schools.

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