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MSU SETS-UP: SUPPORTING EARLY CAREER TEACHERS OF SCIENCE THROUGH URBAN PARTNERSHIPS

 
Frequently Asked Questions

Traditional teacher preparation programs consist of years spent sitting in university classrooms learning about teaching, with only brief exposure to a practicum—“student teaching”—at the end of the program. The MSU SETS-UP Teacher Fellows Program is designed to provide intensive classroom teaching experience from the beginning, along with content-rich courses that specifically prepare candidates to teach in their fields of expertise. By offering this preparation in the context of a master’s degree program, the Fellowship also enables new teachers to begin their classroom careers with an important and rewarding credential already in hand.

Michigan State University will prepare up to 20 MSU SETS-UP Teacher Fellows specifically for careers in high-need schools.

The five year Fellows Program at MSU, begins in late May of 2018 and includes summer courses on content and teaching methods and a full-year teaching internship modeled after the university's highly regarded initial teacher certification program. Fellows will complete the requirements for a master's degree in the year which follows certification, while they are being supported by the induction program we have put into place as they enter their first years of teaching.

The MSU SETS-UP Fellows Program at Michigan State University will focus on preparing for teaching careers in high-need schools, where science teachers are in especially high demand.

The Program builds on the strengths of MSU’s highly-regarded teacher preparation program, which is informed by research on teaching and learning and closely tied to field-based practice. A central feature of the field-intensive program is a full-year urban residency, during which Fellows will work in classrooms within a partner urban district with experienced mentor teachers.

The Fellowship also draws on the MSU commitment to improving urban education. Faculty members have a history of developing successful partnerships with urban school districts, including Detroit, as well as creating effective courses for teachers in collaboration with scientists (Teachers for New Era project).

The MSU SETS-UP Teacher Fellows Program combines several best practices in teacher preparation by bringing together:

  • Excellent preparation with financial support. The MSU SETS-UP Teacher Fellows Program offers Fellows an in-state tutition stipend to pursue a high-quality teacher certification and a master’s degree in teaching.
  • Immediate impact and ongoing support. Fellows teach in schools with high-need student populations, but also with leadership and support. As soon as they begin teaching, Fellows will receive mentoring from their universities and experienced teachers in their schools or districts.
  • Preparation for a successful career in teaching. While MSU SETS-UP Fellows make a four-year commitment to teach in high-need school, we believe that the high-quality preparation and support the Program provides will position Fellows for a sustained and successful career in teaching. The Fellowship is not intended to be a short-term Peace Corps-like experience. Rather, it is designed as a launch pad for teacher development and professional growth that will help shape a new generation of outstanding educators and leaders in America’s classrooms.
  • Highly selective admission. The MSU SETS-UP Program seeks to increase the quality of teaching candidates, not just the quantity. As a prestigious pathway to teaching for gifted undergraduates and accomplished career changers, it will bring new talent into teaching, elevate the profession, and provide the preparation and ongoing support needed for success in the classroom.
  • A new approach to teacher education. The MSU SETS-UP Teacher Fellows Program is more than a scholarship program. It seeks to transform teacher education while preparing future leaders in the teaching profession. The program will provide participating universities with new resources to develop model programs that prepare teachers in science-related fields. The Program will work with MSU College of Education and other departments in a broad range of areas: redesigning curricula to improve teacher preparation; creating clinical experiences in schools to help teacher candidates succeed with diverse populations; and assessing candidates’ performance in the classroom. In the long term, this approach can lead to the adoption of more rigorous teacher education standards nationwide.

The MSU SETS-UP Teacher Fellows Program focuses specifically on individuals with backgrounds in science and engineering,—because high-need urban and rural public high schools have the most difficulty in recruiting and retaining teachers in these fields. While industry and the academy compete for the attention of exceptionally well-qualified individuals in these disciplines, such individuals can have a powerful impact on the future of the students who need their expertise the most.


The MSU SETS-UP Program seeks to attract talented, committed individuals with science and engineering backgrounds including current undergraduates, recent college graduates, midcareer professionals, and retirees—into teaching in high-need secondary schools. A qualified applicant should:
demonstrate a commitment to the program and its goals;
have U.S. citizenship or permanent residency;
have attained, or expect to attain by May 2018, a bachelor’s degree from an accredited U.S. college or university;
have majored in and/or have a strong professional background in a science or engineering field;
have achieved a cumulative undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale (negotiable for applicants from institutions that do not employ a 4.0 GPA scale)
Note: Prior teaching experience does not exclude a candidate from eligibility. All applications are considered in their entirety and selection is based on merit.

What benefits are offered as part of the program?
The Fellowship includes:

  • An in-state tutition stipend
  • Admission to a combined certification and masters' program in education
  • Support and mentoring throughout your four -year commitment to teach in a high-need school.
  • A $10,000 salary supplement for each of the first four years of teaching.


The Fellowship will help retain high-quality teachers by making sure that their preparation is aligned with the skills teachers need to succeed in high-need schools, including significant teaching experience. Upon receiving their master’s degree, Fellows will be assisted in securing teaching placements within districts that have strong leaders, experienced teacher mentors, and pre-existing relationships with participating teacher education programs.


Every Fellow will receive ongoing, intensive mentoring and assessment focused on the first years of teaching, as well as opportunities for continuing education through the university they attended. Studies show that strong mentoring is one of the most important factors in new teachers’ success and satisfaction.

As part of their commitment to ensuring the success of students in high-need secondary schools, Fellows teach for at four years in a high-need school. Continuation as a teacher of record is contingent on the Fellow’s completing the master’s degree and obtaining appropriate teaching licensure.

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* An additional endorsement in Integrated Science may also be pursued.

The application for the MSU SETS-UP Teacher Fellowship will be available starting August 2017, with materials due by March 2018.. Fellows will be selected by early Spring 2018 and will begin graduate studies in late May 2018. All applications will be accepted online only and only through the MSU Graduate School. Visit the apply now page for instructions. If you have specific questions related to submitting your application please contact Lindsay Metiva at matc@msu.edu or 517-432-7705

All candidates will complete the MSU Graduate School online application. In addition to the online application and MATC Noyce Forms, candidates will provide letters of recommendation and transcripts from all institutions attended. Candidates who are selected as finalists will also interview with a team of MSU SETS-UP Program selectors who are veteran teachers and teacher educators.  More information will be provided regarding next steps to applicants upon review of their application materials.  If you have specific questions related to submitting your application please contact Lindsay Metiva at matc@msu.edu or 517-432-7705

Click here for a list of available courses.

MSU is partnering with several urban school districts in Michigan to give Fellows critical hands-on experience in the classroom with a mentor teacher and to provide them with the resources and experiences necessary to understand and become an effective urban educator.

To increase the quantity and strengthen the quality of science teachers, the MSU SETS-UP Program is creating the equivalent of a National Merit Scholarship for teachers. The Fellowship, is available for students entering graduate programs in late May of 2018, offers recent graduates and career changers in science and engineering, an in-state tuition stipend to complete a specially designed, cutting-edge master's degree program, in exchange for a commitment to teach for four years in high-need secondary high-need school. Once their preparation is complete and Fellows obtain teaching certification and begin teaching the program provides a $10,000 salary supplement for each of the first four years of teaching. The schools, along with university partners, will provide mentoring and support throughout the four-year period. The Program is administered by the MSU SETS Up SETS-UP Teacher Fellows at Michigan State University and is funded with a $2.8 million grant from the SETS-UP Foundation. The Program is supported by The SETS-UP Foundation, National Science Foundation, and Michigan State University. 

No.

 

Ideally, MSU SET- UP Fellows will have an undergraduate major in a science or engineering or substantial work experience in a science related field and are seeking a master's degree in science education and clinical experience in a Michigan public secondary school. Prior teaching experience does not exclude a candidate from eligibility. All applications are considered in their entirety and selection is based on merit.

The Program is looking primarily for applicants with an undergraduate major in science or engineering field. Others who may not have majored in science or enginnering, but who have a minor or significant work experience in one of these fields, are also encouraged to apply. These applications will be judged on their merits.

Yes. If you feel your undergraduate GPA does not adequately reflect your capabilities, you may still apply for the Fellowship. A section of the application will provide an opportunity for you to describe and clarify any extenuating circumstances, and/or speak to ways in which you feel your accomplishments are a better measure of your excellence than your undergraduate GPA.

Yes, absolutely. Career changers of all ages are welcome to apply and can use professional accomplishments (for example, awards, professional certifications, service records) to demonstrate their potential. The Program will work individually with candidates to certify that career changers selected as Fellows satisfy their own requirements for demonstrated content knowledge.

No. the four year teaching commitment must be fulfilled at a high-need school in the United States as designated by the Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits.

 

First Summer:  12 credits (4 courses)
First Fall:  9 credits (3 courses)
First Spring:  9 credits (3 courses)
Second Summer:  3 credits   (1 course)
Second Spring:  3 credits (1 course)
Third Summer: 6 credits (2 courses)

These are Teacher Education courses only. Any content-specific (i.e., math or science) courses or their equivalent not yet taken and required for certification would be in addition to the courses listed.

During the Second Fall, Fellows will not take coursework; Induction Activities will begin

During the Third Fall and Fourth Spring Fellows will be have Induction Activities

During the Fifth Fall and Spring Fellows will have Culminating Induction Activities

In order to apply for need-based financial aid you will have to file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  This form is available on-line at www.fafsa.ed.gov.  Because of the enrollment requirements for your program you will actually have to file two FAFSAs.  For the first summer enrollment you will need the FAFSA from that year, i.e. Summer 2018 will use the 2017/18 form, and for fall, spring and the following summer you will need the one for 2018/19.  Once you have completed those forms and we receive copies we will be able to begin the aid process.
There is no deadline for the aid application as we process aid all year.  Loan funds never run out but we do sometimes run out of some grants outside of the Program that the University offers so we always advise students to apply as early as possible.

The MSU SETS-UP Teacher Fellows Program offers fellows in the program an in-state tution stipend to pursue a master’s degree in teaching. In addition, Michigan State will process your FAFSA to determine any need-based assistance that you may qualify for.
The fellowship’s value will be considered a resource during the enrollment period.  With that inclusion the need-based aid will be limited to the budget the university establishes for a Masters in Education.  The aid for graduate students usually consists of Stafford loans, both Subsidized and Unsubsidized, Graduate PLUS loans, and if in-state there may be a small grant.  For detailed information regarding these aid programs please refer to the financial aid home page at www.finaid.msu.edu.

The Federal government also offers loan forgiveness of up to $17,500 in Federal loans for math and science teachers who 1) meet the highly-qualified teacher status, 2) teach for five consecutive years, and 3) teach for these five years in a low-income school. As a Teaching Fellow, you should easily meet the criteria of being a highly-qualified teacher in a low-income school. For more information, please visit the Federal Loan Forgiveness Website.

The Federal government offers loan forgiveness of up to $17,500 in Federal loans for math and science teachers who 1) meet the highly-qualified teacher status, 2) teach for five consecutive years, and 3) teach for these five years in a low-income school. As a MSU SETS-UP Fellow, you should easily meet the criteria of being a highly-qualified teacher in a low-income school. For more information, please visit the Federal Student Aid Web site.

For a list of schools that qualify as high-need, please visit the Annual Directory of Designated Low-Income Schools for Teacher Cancellation Benefits.
The Annual Directory is updated in the fall of each year. For a comprehensive listing of high-need schools, you may check the previous year’s directory or periodically check the directory for the latest updates.

Grant amounts are taxable income to the extent that the aggregate scholarship or fellowship amounts received by the recipient exceed required tuition and fees (not including room and board), books, supplies and equipment required for courses of instruction. We recommend that you consult your tax advisor for further information.

Gail Richmond, Professor of Science Education, serves as Director for the MSU SETS UP SETS-UP Teacher Fellows Program at Michigan State University. She can be reached at gailr@msu.edu or (517) 432-4854.