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Noyce Teacher Scholarship

Noyce Teacher Scholarship

What is the Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program?

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The Montclair State University Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program isdedicated to recruiting, preparing, and supporting new science teachers for New Jersey'shigh-need K-12 school districts. This project is funded by the National

Science Foundation and offers two years of scholarships equal to the amount of New Jersey in-state tuition and fees, as well as an annual stipend of $3000 to undergraduate chemistry, physics, earth science, and biology majors admitted into the MSU Teacher Education Program.

The Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program (NTSP) involves three key features:

  • Financial support for two years of undergraduate teacher preparation
  • A series of professional experiences designed to support high-quality science teaching.
  • Intensive and well-supervised school-based field experiences

Students will study and conduct their fieldwork experiences in cohorts. Specific sections of courses in the
professional sequence help Noyce Scholars form a community in which they can develop the knowledge and
understanding necessary for successful science teaching and learning in high need districts.
In addition, the Noyce program has established partnerships with several school sites that collaborate
fully in the education of new teachers.

Who may participate in the Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program?

The NTSP is open to undergraduate students at Montclair State University who are preparing to teach science
at the middle or high school level (6-12), and who have been admitted to the Teacher Education Program.
Students apply to the Teacher Education and NTSP programs at the same time, and students transferring from
two-year institutions are encouraged to apply. In addition to meeting requirements for admission to the
Teacher Education Program, scholarship recipients must have a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.75
overall in the major and a demonstrated commitment to teach in an urban or otherwise high-needs district.

What’s different about the Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program?

  • Coursework for Noyce scholars has a focus on preparing science teachers for today’s diverse classrooms.
  • Noyce Scholars will benefit from programmatic support for a wide variety of professional experiences such as attending the
    NJ Science Convention and working with science educators at the NJ School of Conservation.
  • The summer Science Career Survey Experience, which is coordinated with university partners in local biotechnology,
    pharmaceutical, and manufacturing industries is designed to enable Noyce Scholars to develop a robust knowledge of the
    range of science-related careers for the benefit of their future students.
  • Noyce Scholars belong to a small, supportive learning community. They take many of the teacher education courses as a
    cohort, participate in their school experiences in cooperative groups, and collaborate on projects throughout the program.
    The Noyce faculty and staff provide students enriched advisement and support.
  • Cooperating teachers, mentors, and community internship supervisors are carefully selected and work collaboratively with
    Montclair State faculty and staff to create the best possible learning situations for Noyce Scholars.
  • Ongoing support during the first year in the classroom with high-quality mentors.

What are the students’ responsibilities to the program?

Participants agree to participate in a professional sequence of courses that prepares them to teach science
in high-need settings.

  • Fieldwork/student teaching in partner schools
  • Maintenance of an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher throughout the program
  • Participation in program events and periodic cohort meetings
  • Commitment to teaching science for at four years in a high-need public school in New Jersey upon graduation.


Applying for the Montclair State University Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program

Simply print out the Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program application and submit it with your application
materials for the MSU Teacher Education program by each semester’s admissions deadline.

Noyce Scholars will be identified by April and the program activities begin in June.

For Further Information


Dr. Sandra Adams
College of Science and Mathematics (Department of Biology & Molecular Biology)
123 Science Hall
Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ 07043
P: 973-655-7527


Douglas Larkin, Ph.D.
College of Education and Human Services (Dept. of Secondary and Special Education)
2167 University Hall
Montclair State University
Montclair, NJ 07043
P:  973-655-3124