Requirements of the NebraskaSCIENCE Scholars Program
As a NebraskaSCIENCE Scholar, you will complete a full-time master's degree program in 14 months, as well as earn secondary teaching certification during that time. A competitive $12,000 stipend will cover the cost of education through the completion of the master's program. This timeline is a much faster track than the existing post-baccalaureate path that requires between 18 and 24 months to complete and may end in certification only. The Master of Arts in education with an emphasis in science teaching (MAST) is designed for prospective graduate students who:
- Have earned a bachelor's degree within the last 10 years, outside of the field of education, in an area of science, from an accredited college or university;
- Have completed academic coursework in a science focus area as part of their undergraduate degree (a minimum of 24 hours in a science such as physics, chemistry, biological sciences, geosciences, agricultural sciences or natural resources, and 12-24 additional hours in the supporting sciences);
- Qualify for admission to the Department of Teaching, Learning and Teacher Education's Master of Arts program;
- Can commit to participating fully in the residential, 14-month, cohort-based, full-time academic teacher education program and two years with the New Teacher Network;
- Take and pass the necessary Praxis exams.
The required application materials will be announced soon, as well as an online application form.
All applicants will be reviewed by the program directors. Those students who apply for and receive a Noyce scholarship must also agree to seek employment within two years of receiving his or her degree and certification and serve at least two years as a science teacher within a high-need school district as defined by the program directors.
Nebraska SCIENCE Robert Noyce Scholarships
118 Henzlik Hall
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
1430 Vine Street
Lincoln, NE 68588-0355