Culturally Sustaining STEM Teacher Program

The PLU Culturally Sustaining STEM (CS-STEM) Program is designed to prepare STEM teachers committed to teaching for equity and justice. 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 CS-STEM Program is designed for:

  • for senior PLU STEM undergraduate students who plan to enter the PLU Masters in Education (MAE) program upon graduation and
  • for students entering the PLU MAE program who have earned their Bachelor’s degree at PLU or at another institution.

The CS-STEM Program at PLU provides:

  • funding for students interested in teaching middle school or high school during their final undergraduate year at PLU
  • support for undergraduate STEM majors interested in teaching through advising and CS-STEM Equity Seminars
  • funding for students interested in teaching middle school or high school during the PLU Masters in Education program
  • 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 forgivable loans for up to $21,700?

Funding is available through the CS-STEM Program

Funded through the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program (Award ID 195016), this program provides eligible students with forgivable loans of up to $21,700/year. Funding is 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.

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Funding for this project is provided by the National Science Foundation Grant No. 195016

Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Apply by March 1, 2024

March 1, 2024 is the application deadline to be a CS-STEM Scholar (will be a senior PLU undergraduate in academic year 2024-2025) or a CS-STEM Teacher Candidate (starting the PLU Masters in Education program in June 2024).

If you have questions, contact

or you can directly contact

Ksenija Simic-Muller (, Wendy Gardiner (, or Andrea Munro (