Noyce Knights Scholars Program

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Recruiting, Preparing, and Supporting Highly Qualified Kentucky Science and Mathematics Teachers

Noyce Knights Scholars Program (NKSP)

Funded by the NSF’s Robert Noyce program, the Noyce Knights Scholars Program (NKSP) aims to prepare, support and certify 25 highly qualified diverse middle and high school (6-12) science and mathematics teachers over five years to remedy the 6-12 STEM teacher shortages in Kentucky. Kentucky is producing significantly fewer certified STEM teachers than needed to fill the vacant middle and high school science and mathematics teaching positions in the state. This Noyce Track-1 project builds on the Bellarmine University’s NSF funded Noyce Capacity Building project that build and strengthened the STEM teacher education infrastructure, by forming new partnerships, recruitment pipelines, and retention strategies needed to increase the number of certified STEM teachers in high-need schools in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Mathematics.

NSKP also aims to serve the national need of preparing and retaining highly qualified STEM teachers who can implement culturally responsive instruction in diverse classrooms. A STEM Teacher Education Learning Community (STELC) will provide a new ecosystem and synergy in STEM teacher education among the NKSP collaborative partners that include, Jefferson County Public School District (JCPS), Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC), Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), STEM Academies of Louisville, the Kentucky Science Center (KSC), and the University of Kentucky (UK).

Upon certification, all NKSP scholars will be placed at a JCPS or another high-need school district’s middle or high school (based on the teaching certification) and MUST teach for at least two years for each year of the scholarship/stipend award within 6 years after graduation. NKSP scholars can choose to teach at a high-need school district anywhere in the country for at least two years, for each year of the award within 6 years after graduation. The starting salary of a JCPS teacher with a MAT degree is $50,901 ($44,853 with a bachelor’s degree) and the average teacher salary of a JCPS teacher is $63,000, with top earners making more than $90,000 per year.

NSKP will award Noyce scholarships/stipends to US Citizens, US Nationals, or US Permanent Residents to obtain teaching certification in Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology or Mathematics via one of three certification pathways.

Certification Pathways

Undergraduate Certification Pathway

NKSP scholars in the junior and senior years of undergraduate BA mathematics majors who are dual majoring in BS secondary mathematics education to obtain high school (secondary) certification in Mathematics are eligible to receive Noyce scholarship. Noyce Scholarship is provided for junior and senior years in the amount up to $19,200 per year. Total maximum amount for two years is $38,400. This Noyce scholarship will cover BU's total cost of attendance after BU's financial aid package. Noyce scholars who receive Noyce scholarship under the Undergraduate Certification Pathway MUST teach for at least 4 years at JCPS or another high-need school district within 6 years after graduation.

Graduate Certification Pathway (Option 1)

NKSP scholars in the post-baccalaureate year of the Early Entry Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program who starts the Early Entry MAT program in their senior year of their STEM baccalaureate degree are eligible to receive Noyce stipend to obtain middle and/or high school (secondary) teacher certification in Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, or Mathematics. Graduate tuition expenses for the MAT courses in the senior year are waived by the university. Noyce Stipend is provided for the post-baccalaureate MAT year in the amount of $29,000 which covers full MAT Graduate Tuition and Fees of $16,560 in the MAT year, $10,000 for off-campus living expenses and $2,440 for miscellaneous expenses. NKSP scholars who receive Noyce stipend under the Graduate Certification-Option 1 Pathway MUST teach for at least 2 years at JCPS or another high-need school district within 6 years after graduation.

Graduate Certification Pathway (Option 2):

NKSP scholars who are STEM graduates or STEM professionals or career changers and have completed a bachelor’s degree in any STEM discipline are eligible to receive Noyce stipend in the second year of the Traditional MAT middle and/or high school (secondary) teacher certification program to obtain middle and/or high school (secondary) teacher certification in Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, or Mathematics. Noyce Stipend is provided in the MAT second year in the amount of $29,000 which covers full MAT Graduate Tuition and Fees of $24,840 for the two years with $4,200 for miscellaneous expenses. Noyce scholars can defer their first year’s MAT tuition payment until the start of their second MAT year once they receive their Noyce stipend. NKSP scholars who receive Noyce stipend under the Graduate Certification-Option 2 Pathway MUST teach for at least 2 years at JCPS or another high-need school district within 6 years after graduation.

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For more information, please contact:

Dr. Akhtar Mahmood, NKSP Co-Director (PI)
Professor of Physics, Department of Chemistry & Physics
Phone:502.272.7599
Email: amahmood@bellarmine.edu

Dr. Kristin Cook, NKSP Co-Director (Co-PI)
Associate Dean of School of Education and Associate Professor of Science Education
Phone: 502.272.8146
Email: kcook@bellarmine.edu

Dr. Jessica Ivy (Co-PI)
Associate Professor of Mathematics Education and Chair of Initial Certification Programs
Phone: 502.272.7809
Email: jivy@bellarmine.edu

Professor Marlisa R. Austin (Co-PI)
Interim Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs, JCTC
Phone: 502.213.5073
Email: marlisa.austin@kctcs.edu

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Noyce Knights Scholars Program (NKSP) is funded by National Science Foundation’s Noyce Program (Grant Title: Recruiting, Preparing, and Supporting Highly Qualified Kentucky Science and Mathematics Teachers; Grant #: 2149370).