# NSF grant to boost high-school math, science teachers

A $1.45 million grant from the National Science Foundation to the University of South Carolina’s College of Education will increase the number of highly qualified high-school math and science teachers in South Carolina.

The grant, part of the NSF’s Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, will provide up to $10,000 per year for juniors, seniors and graduate students who will establish teaching careers in the state’s high-needs districts.

Dr. **Jan Yow**, assistant professor in the college’s department of instruction and teacher education, says many believe that teaching is not a viable career during the current economic downturn.

“Although that may be true in the elementary schools and in the areas of English and social studies, this is not true for high-school math and science teachers,” she said. “USC graduates of our Masters of Teaching program in high-school math and science all find teaching positions and often have multiple offers from which to choose.”

The Noyce also can provide up to a $900 stipend for students who want to participate in a summer educational experience where they get to work with middle- and high-school students and teachers to see if teaching would be a career of interest. Also, for students exploring teaching as an option before applying for a Noyce scholarship, a one-hour elective course (EDSE 210) will be offered beginning spring 2012 that would enable students to work in local high-school math and science classes.

Applications for the fall are now available online -- http://www.ed.sc.edu/ite/noyce.asp -- and are due April 15.