In order to meet basic eligibility requirements to become an EnCorps Fellow, a candidate must:
•Currently live in an area we serve (Greater San Francisco Bay Area, Greater Sacramento Area, Greater Los Angeles Area, Riverside, San Diego)
•Have at least 3 or more years of work or research experience as a STEM industry professional. (At least one year of STEM work experience must be within the last five years or two years within the last ten years. One year equals a minimum of 1000 clock hours and the experience may be full-time or part-time, paid or unpaid. Part-time work experience may be accumulated to equate to the required hours or years of work experience.)
•Be fully eligible to work in the United States (US Citizen, Permanent Resident, Work Visa)
•Possess a baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a GPA of 2.50 or higher (foreign degrees must be independently evaluated to determine equivalency – find out more)
•Not currently hold a California single subject teaching credential
•Complete and submit EnCorps’ online application
The EnCorps team will invite qualified candidates who seem like a good fit for the STEM Teaching Fellowship to record a video interview via an email invitation to our video interview platform. We want to learn about you and your desire to pursue teaching as your next career. We do not look for perfection, we are simply looking for your authentic response to our questions. You must use a computer with a webcam in order to record your video. You will know the questions we are going to ask in advance and you are free to record multiple times.
More information about video interviews will be provided to qualified candidates who receive an invitation to interview.
When you join EnCorps, you are committing to beginning the pathway to a career change into STEM teaching in a high needs middle or high school in the next 1-3 years.
In addition, you will commit to to completing online professional development, attending New Volunteer Training, volunteering a minimum of two hours/week for one or two semesters with an EnCorps Host Teacher, taking steps toward completing a personal development plan for earning your teaching credential, and attending the Fall, Spring and Summer Institutes.
EnCorps provides our Fellows with support, resources and coaching, free of charge. This includes, but is not limited to: CSET test prep materials (if needed), coaching, professional development, and support services including Summer Residential Institute, Fall and Spring Institutes and online webinars, forums, tools and resources. EnCorps also assists Fellows with finding financially feasible credentialing programs, grants, scholarships, and financial aid to offset the cost of obtaining the credential.
While EnCorps support services are free, Fellows are responsible for fingerprinting/LiveScan fees, Tuberculosis testing fee, test registration fees and fees associated with ordering transcripts. They are also responsible for all credentialing tuition, as well as all materials and textbooks required by a credentialing program. EnCorps does offer scholarships to our Fellows on an application basis to cover part of their credentialing tuition.
During pre-service EnCorps Fellows who are guest teaching are considered volunteers and are unpaid.
All EnCorps Fellows will engage in volunteer pre-service for at least one semester of 2-5 hours per week when beginning the EnCorps program as a way to gain field experience working with students. This time period also provides Fellows with time to take any required exams.
As a volunteer Guest Teacher, Fellows are paired with a mentor teacher and spend at least 2-5 hours per week in that teacher’s classroom observing, working with individuals and small groups of students, and eventually teaching portions of lessons and whole lessons to the class. This structured, semester-long program provides an opportunity for Fellows to gain valuable classroom experience and to make connections with schools that may eventually be looking to hire STEM teachers.
EnCorps recommends that Fellows take time before their first teaching job to invest in their own training and preparation as much as possible. Timelines differ by cohort / applied date. Please review more information here.
Cohort B – Apply by April 27, 2020
From December – April, EnCorps will accept Fellows for our 2020B cohort to go through orientation in June and guest teach (volunteering 2-5 hours per week) from September 2020-May 2021. Fellows will work with an experienced host teacher and be placed at a local school. This can typically be done alongside working in industry.
Fellows may then choose from two timelines:
Cohort A – applications open July 2020
From July – November, EnCorps will accept Fellows for our 2020A cohort to go through orientation in December and guest teach (volunteering 2-5 hours per week) from January-May 2021. Fellows will work with an experienced host teacher and be placed at a local school. This can typically be done alongside working in industry.
Fellows may then choose from two timelines:
•In the Accelerated Pathway, Fellows begin teaching in August 2021 by either earning a Career and Technical Education (CTE) credential (engineering, information technology, biomedical sciences, etc) simultaneous to their volunteer experience or beginning a Single Subject Intern Credential (math, physics, chemistry, biology, earth science) program in the spring or summer.
Career and Technical Education (CTE) Credentials
CTE programs are shorter and less expensive than single subject programs and are typically online or evenings/weekends. They do not include student teaching or classroom-based experience and take into account your 3+ years of professional STEM experience. There are online CTE programs that start on a rolling basis year-round, so you will be able to complete a CTE credential in the fall, winter, spring or summer. The CTE credential program can typically be completed over the course of about 4-6 months. Generally speaking, CTE credential programs can be completed alongside work obligations.
EnCorps, in general, does not consider the CTE credential program on its own sufficient training for the rigors of full time teaching, even though it may give you a certification. CTE credential programs do not include a student teaching component, and therefore the EnCorps Guest Teaching experience is an important component of becoming a CTE teacher.
A CTE credential enables you to teach specialized elective courses that correspond to industry sectors. You are not able to teach core or traditional classes (like geometry or chemistry) with a CTE credential. Not all schools have CTE programs, so it’s important to know whether schools you are interested in working with have this option for students.
Single Subject Credentials
A single subject credential allows you to teach traditional core subjects such as math, physics, chemistry, biology and earth science.
Traditional Programs – This standard course of teacher preparation provides coursework and then student teaching. This option is largely based in a university or college, and includes a student teaching component. A traditional program can be completed full time for 1 academic year, or part time for 1.5-2 academic years.
Residency Programs – Modeled after a medical residency, a teaching residency program focuses on the “clinical experience” as opposed to coursework. This gives teaching students or “residents” hands on experience in classrooms and the chance to implement ideas in a classroom setting, while receiving feedback and support from expert practitioners. Residents simultaneously take graduate level classes. Residency programs are less common and more selective. Residency programs usually include a master’s degree in education and are full time commitments that usually last one academic year.
Intern Programs – An internship program allows individuals to work in the classroom as a paid “teacher of record” while simultaneously completing a credential program. Interns are working teachers and paid a salary by the school/district. Interns need to complete credential requirements during evenings and weekends, on top of their teaching duties. This coursework takes 1-2 years to complete, and interns do not have the benefit of receiving training and practice before starting. It’s also important to note that by law, schools must give hiring priority to any candidate who has a preliminary credential over an intern, so interns are usually hired later in the hiring season.