Shannon Seidel, assistant professor of biology, works with Courtney Hartman ’18, a biology major, and Miranda Martens ’18, a sociology major, on a research project looking at science education in a lab in Rieke at PLU, Tuesday, July 11, 2017. (Photo: John Froschauer/PLU)

Culturally Sustaining STEM Teacher Program

There is a need for highly effective K-12 STEM teachers equipped to teach diverse populations of students. In order to improve educational outcomes for K-12 students who have been historically marginalized and disenfranchised by education, teachers must be equipped to deliver high quality STEM content in culturally sustaining ways. The PLU Culturally Sustaining STEM (CS-STEM) Program is designed to prepare STEM teachers committed to teaching for equity and justice.

The CS-STEM Program at PLU provides:

  • scholarships to students interested in teaching middle school or high school during their final undergraduate year and during the Education master’s program
  • support for undergraduate STEM majors interested in teaching through advising and CS-STEM Equity Seminars
  • induction support to scholars after they complete their Masters in Education during their first two years of teaching in a school district

Are You Interested in Becoming a CS-STEM Teacher?

  • Do you want to teach a STEM field in a middle or high school in a high-need school district?
  • Are you committed to addressing education inequities?
  • Are you a STEM major or have a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field?
  • Do you want to be part of a cohort learning to teach in culturally sustaining ways?
  • Do you want mentorship during your education program and for the first two years when you begin teaching?
  • Do you want to learn more about our scholarships for up to $21,700?

Scholarships are available through the CS-STEM Program

Funded through the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program (Award ID 195016), these scholarships award eligible students with up to $21,700/year. Scholarships are awarded to eligible STEM majors during their final year as undergraduates at PLU and to graduate students in the PLU Masters in Education program earning certification to be a STEM teacher.

FAQs

Answer: The CS-STEM Teacher Program at Pacific Lutheran University is an opportunity for students to develop as highly effective K-12 STEM teachers prepared to teach using culturally sustaining pedagogy. Funded by a Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program grant from the National Science Foundation (Award Number 1950106), the CS-STEM Teacher Program will provide selected students with scholarships as well as programmatic support during training and in the first two years of teaching.

Answer: The differences is whether the student begins the CS-STEM program as an undergraduate STEM major or as a graduate student in the PLU Master of Arts in Education (MAE) program.

CS-STEM Scholars apply to the program in their junior year at PLU and receive 2 years of financial support through the program. They are CS-STEM Scholars during their senior year at PLU and then continue to the PLU MAE program to earn teaching certification.

CS-STEM Teacher Candidates apply to the CS-STEM program when they apply to the PLU MAE program and receive 1 year of financial support.

Answer: The Master of Arts in Education program prepares you with a strong theoretical foundation and real classroom experience. Our intense coursework and schedule provide you with rigorous preparation to gain the skills to become an effective teacher and educator.

The MAE Program at PLU is a 1 year program that utilizes a cohort model. The faculty and staff are dedicated to ensuring each student in the program develops the skills to become an effective teacher and role model. Students get 800+ hours in field placements during the 1 year program.

Visit the Master of Arts in Education homepage for more information.

Answer: STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics.

Although STEM includes a variety of disciplines, the STEM majors offered at PLU that qualify for the Noyce Program are:

Answer: There are separate applications for CS-STEM Scholars and CS-STEM Teacher Candidates.

Application Steps for CS-STEM Teacher Candidates:

  1. Apply to the PLU MAE program.
  2. Submit a brief essay as part of the CS-STEM Teacher Candidate application form by March 8, 2021.
  3. More information can be found on the CS-STEM Teacher Candidate page.

Application Steps for CS-STEM Scholars:

  1. Apply to the PLU CS-STEM Scholars program using the CS-STEM Scholar application form by March 8, 2021.
  2. Candidates will submit a brief essay and provide two letters of recommendation.
  3. Candidates will have an interview.
  4. More information can be found on the CS-STEM Scholars page.

Answer: Yes. However, the total amount of scholarships and financial aid that you can receive cannot exceed your financial need, defined as the Cost of Attendance (COA) for an institution.

Answer: Participation in the CS-STEM Scholars Program will provide the following benefits:

  • participation in Equity Seminars as part of a cohort
  • financial and tutorial support for the WEST-B, NES, and EdTPA
  • advising and mentorship
  • induction support during the first year of teaching

Answer: For each year of financial support you receive through this program, you are required to teach for 2 years in a high-need school district. Both CS-STEM Scholars and CS-STEM Teacher Candidates are required to complete the MAE program at PLU.

CS-STEM Scholars are required to:

  • Participate in Equity Seminars while in school
  • Earn a Bachelors Degree in a STEM field
  • Apply to and attend the PLU Master of Arts in Education program
  • Earn a Masters Degree through the PLU MAE program with a science or math endorsement
  • Teach science or mathematics for 4 years in middle school or high school in a high need school district
  • Participate in a CS-STEM Induction program during their first year of teaching semester

CS-STEM Teacher Candidates are required to:

  • Have earned a Bachelors Degree in a STEM field
  • Participate in Equity Seminars while in the MAE program school
  • Earn a Masters Degree through the PLU MAE program with a science or math endorsement
  • Teach science or mathematics for 2 years in middle school or high school in a high need school district
  • Participate in a CS-STEM Induction program during their first year of teaching semester