Michigan State University will now help meet the need for science teachers in high-needs schools across the nation with a new teacher preparation program.
Supporting Early-Career Teachers of Science Through Urban Partnerships—or MSU SETS-UP for short—is a five-year fellowship that will provide fellows with secondary science teaching certification, as well as a master’s degree.
Funded by a $2.8 million grant from the Noyce Foundation and the National Science Foundation, MSU SETS-UP will equip those with backgrounds in the sciences for middle- and high-school science teaching careers in urban classrooms throughout Michigan.
“Retention rates are significantly lower in high-need schools, versus other contexts,” said MSU SETS-UP Director Gail Richmond. “This initiative will not only prepare, but will support effective, committed secondary science teachers during the critical early stages of their careers—leading to higher teaching retention.”
The program, intended for recent college graduates and career-changers, offers:
- An in-state tuition stipend
- $10,000 per year for first four years, after completing program requirements
- Admission to a combined certification and master’s degree program in education
- A salary supplement for each of the first four years of teaching
- Support and mentoring throughout the four-year commitment to teach in a high-need school
Fellows will enter the teaching profession with deep content knowledge after completing intensive course and field work; the centerpiece of the program is a full-year residency in a high-need secondary school. Fellows also receive professional support across their first four years of teaching.