Overview The newly-developed Louisiana Tech's Noyce CyberTeach-LA program, a Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship program funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is a computer science education pathway in the UTeachTech program. It aims to responds to the critical need for secondary teachers of science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) by encouraging talented STEM students to pursue teaching careers, with a focus on computer science.
Louisiana is in desperate need of secondary computer science teachers. Only 16% of Louisiana public high schools teach computer science, there is no dedicated state funding for computer science professional development, and no state curriculum standards exist for K-12 computer science. At Louisiana Tech, we are addressing this challenge by more actively recruiting CS/CYEN students who want to impact the next generation through teaching and by developing a new online certificate option for other STEM students in the UTeachTech program to learn computer science and computational thinking concepts to use in their STEM classrooms. The Noyce CyberTeach-LA program will provide internships for freshmen and sophomores, scholarships for juniors and seniors, early teaching experiences, and an alumni network to increase the number of Louisiana Tech STEM students minoring in UTeachTech and obtaining teacher certification. Each CyberTeach-LA Noyce Scholar will receive a maximum of two years of scholarship support of up to $16,600 per year. Scholarship recipients are required to complete two years of teaching in high-need school districts for each year of financial support.
Through this project, STEM undergraduates at Louisiana Tech will learn about teaching careers, have access to early teaching experiences where they can explore their interest and commitment to teaching, and be able to join a community of Noyce Scholars engaged in further teaching activities and receiving support to finish both a STEM degree and teaching credential.
Selection of Recipients
Scholarship recipients must be U.S. citizens or nationals, or permanent resident aliens.
Scholarship recipients must have attained at least junior status in a STEM baccalaureate degree program.
Scholarship recipients must graduate with a major in a STEM discipline and obtain teacher certification or licensing upon completion of the program. Qualifying students include:
Computer Science (CS) or Cyber Engineering (CYEN) majors to minor in UTeachTech and obtain teaching certification;
STEM majors minoring in CS to get a second minor in UTeachTech and obtain teaching certification; and
Other STEM majors (non-CS/CYEN majors not minoring in CS) to complete a new, online Computer Science Education Certificate, minor in UTeachTech, and obtain teaching certification
Scholarship recipients must serve as a STEM teacher in a high-need local educational agency for two years for each full-year of a scholarship received, to be fulfilled within eight years after completing the program.
Selection is based primarily on academic merit, with consideration given to financial need and the diversity of participants in the program.
FAQs Am I limited to teaching in Louisiana or can I teach anywhere? You can teach anywhere in the USA, as long as it is considered a “high-need school.”
What is a “high-need school”? The term "a high-need local educational agency" as defined in section 201 of the Higher Education Act of 1965 (20 U.S.C. 1021) means a local educational agency (school district) that serves an elementary or secondary school located in an area which is characterized by at least one of the following:
a high percentage (≥50%) of individuals from families with incomes below the poverty line;
a high percentage (≥35%) of secondary school teachers not teaching in the content area in which they were trained to teach; or
a high teacher turnover rate (≥15%/yr).
Must I demonstrate financial need to apply? Anyone can apply, but preference is given to those who demonstrate financial need.
Acknowledgements The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, authorized under the National Science Foundation responds to the critical need for K-12 teachers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by encouraging talented STEM students and professionals to pursue teaching careers in elementary and secondary schools.
This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 1950196. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.