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Michigan State University is at the forefront of preparing educators to become science teachers in the Nation’s highest-need schools.

The MSU SETS-UP Teacher Fellows Program provides promising recent college graduates and career-changers that have academic preparation or experience in science with the opportunity to receive certification in secondary science teaching, as well as a master’s degree. Fellows receive in-state tuition and a $10,000 salary supplement for each of the first four years of their science teaching career.

Program Status

Thank you for your interest in the SETS-UP Teacher Fellows Program. Unfortunately, the certification phase of this program is coming to an end in 2019. However, we are in the process of developing a new program modeled on SETS-UP that will offer certification in math, science, English, and social studies, along with an additional TESOL endorsement. We are hoping to inaugurate such a program in 2020.

If you are interested in learning more about this program, please send an email with your name and specific interest and/or questions to Andrea Ray Alessio at

Program Description

Selected Fellows receive:

  • In-state tuition stipend
  • Admission to a combined certification and master’s degree program in education
  • A $10,000 salary supplement for each of the first four years of teaching
  • Support and mentoring throughout their four-year commitment to teach in a high-need school.

The five year fellowship includes intensive summer courses, field based experiences, accompanying coursework focused on science teaching methods, followed by a full-year school-based residency modeled after the university’s highly regarded initial teacher certification program. Fellows complete the requirements for a master’s degree in the year which follows certification (their first year of teaching), while they are being supported by the induction program we have put into place and which extends across their first four years of teaching.

Certification Areas

Fellows at MSU may pursue teaching certification in:

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Physics
  • Physical Science
  • Earth Science

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

Overall Goals

The MSU SETS-UP Teacher Fellows Program has three major goals, which reflect the Michigan State University teacher education faculty’s top priorities:

  • To attract highly qualified science outstanding candidates to teaching
  • To prepare highly qualified science teachers for careers in high-need schools and to increase teacher retention in such schools
  • To improve teacher preparation and induction support through research-informed program design and evaluation.

About the Program

The MSU SETS-UP Teacher Fellows Program seeks to attract and prepare talented, committed individuals with backgrounds in the sciences or engineering for science teaching careers in Middle and High schools in Michigan and beyond.

MSU SETS-UP Fellows will enter the teaching profession with deep content knowledge, a strong commitment to teaching students with the greatest need, and the skills necessary to offer the highest quality instruction to ensure their future success.