STEM Alternative Licensure Program

The North Carolina New Schools Project offers a new lateral entry teacher certification program for college graduates interested in becoming high school science, math and technology teachers. Administered by NCNSP, the non-traditional teacher education program is supported by the federal Transition to Teaching grant program, which seeks to recruit and retain highly qualified mid-career professionals and recent college graduates  who are interested in obtaining a teacher license through an alternative route in a reduced period of time. This program has also been selected as a partner in 100 K in 10, a national multi-sector effort to increase the number of STEM teachers by 100,000 during the next 10 years.


Who can apply?
NCNSP STEP is a teacher preparation program designed for a very specific audience. To be eligible, applicants must have a four-year college degree (bachelor's degree) in a science, technology, engineering or mathematics (STEM) related field and have an interest in becoming a teacher of STEM courses in a NC secondary school. Applicants who currently hold a teaching license are not eligible for the program. Application deadline for the 2012-13 cohort is July 13, 2012. Application information for the 2013-14 cohort will be available in August 2012.

How long will it take to complete the program?
The program is designed to be completed in 15 months and includes a 10-month school-based internship, concurrent participation in four online courses through the WIDE World at Harvard Graduate School of Education, and participation in aligned seminars through the North Carolina New Schools Project's Integrated System of School Supports. Candidates who complete the internship will then become lateral entry teachers and will teach in an NCNSP-partner school for three years before obtaining the Standard Professional I NC Teacher License.

Where will the program be conducted?
Initially, the teacher training programs will be conducted at the NCNSP Learning Laboratory demonstration high schools: Caldwell Early College in Hudson; Cross Creek Early College in Fayetteville; Hillside New Tech High School in Durham; and the Wayne School of Engineering in Goldsboro. In future years, training sites will include other innovative high schools in the NCNSP network. Summer recruitment is for the following locations only: Cross Creek Early College in Fayetteville and the Wayne School of Engineering in Goldsboro.

What is the application process for STEP?
APPLICATION DEADLINE is July 13, 2012, to begin August 2012 internship placement at Cross Creek Early College and the Wayne School of Engineering. Wayne School of Engineering is specifically recruiting a candidate with mathematics background. In order to apply, complete the online application, attach unofficial transcripts to your online application, and identify three individuals with their contact information to serve as a reference on your behalf.

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