Financial Support

Financial Support for Prospective and Preservice Science and Mathematics Teachers

There are a variety of scholarship opportunities for future science and mathematics teachers. For chemistry, engineering, computer science, and physics undergraduates interested in exploring teaching as a career, please see CalTeach Physical Sciences and Engineering for an internship opportunity. For prospective science and mathematics teacher credential candidates, please see all opportunities below.

CalTeach Physical Sciences and Engineering (CTPSE)

For UCSB Undergraduates in Chemistry, Engineering, Computer Science or Physics

UCSB undergraduates in chemistry, engineering, computer science, and physics can earn up to $5,000 a year for their participation as CTPSE Noyce Interns in the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy, Santa Barbara High School’s Green Academy (the engineering and chemistry components), and/or San Marcos High School. We will award up to 10 Noyce Internships each year. Download an application here due May 20, 2016:  2016-2017 CTPSE Intern Application.pdf

Below is a video of CTPSE Interns and Teacher Candidates at the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy.

For UCSB Teacher Candidates Pursuing a Credential in Chemistry or Physics

UCSB teacher candidates pursuing a credential in physics or chemistry can apply for a CTPSE Noyce Teacher Scholar award of up to $21,000. Each scholar will complete part of her or his yearlong student teaching experience at the Dos Pueblos High School Engineering Academy, Santa Barbara High School's Green Academy, or San Marcos High School. (See this video produced by Lynda.com to learn more about project-based learning at the Dos Pueblos Engineering Academy.) Each scholar will also participate in cohort-building, educational enrichment, and career guidance opportunities. Further, those earning a Physics credential may be able to earn an Industrial Technology credential as well so as to teach engineering in secondary schools. In exchange for the scholarship, after graduation, CTPSE Noyce Teacher Scholars must teach for two years in a high-need school district. High need is defined as: (a) a high percentage of individuals from families with incomes below the poverty line; (b) a high percentage of secondary school teachers not teaching in the content area in which the teachers were trained to teach; or (c) a high teacher turnover rate. The grace period for acquiring employment in a high-need school district is one year. If not employed in a high-need school district by year 2 and/or if two years of service in a high-need school are not completed by year 8, the scholarship reverts to a loan with repayments pro-rated to reflect any partial teaching service. See the following website for a list of high-need districts:  https://www.tcli.ed.gov/CBSWebApp/tcli/TCLIPubSchoolSearch.jsp.  Download an application here: CLOSED for 2016-2017

STEM Teachers for English Language Learners: Excellence and Retention (STELLER)

UCSB teacher candidates pursuing a credential in mathematics or science can apply for a STELLER Noyce Teacher Scholar award of up to $14,500. Scholars will learn how to effectively teach mathematics and science to English Language Learners. They will also participate in cohort-building, educational enrichment, and career guidance opportunities. In exchange for the scholarship, after graduation, STELLER Noyce Teacher Scholars must teach for two years in a high-need school district. High need is defined as: (a) a high percentage of individuals from families with incomes below the poverty line; (b) a high percentage of secondary school teachers not teaching in the content area in which the teachers were trained to teach; or (c) a high teacher turnover rate. The grace period for acquiring employment in a high-need school district is one year. If not employed in a high-need school district by year 2 and/or if two years of service in a high-need school are not completed by year 8, the scholarship reverts to a loan with repayments pro-rated to reflect any partial teaching service. See the following website for a list of high-need districts:  https://www.tcli.ed.gov/CBSWebApp/tcli/TCLIPubSchoolSearch.jsp. Download an application here: CLOSED for 2016-2017

The Knowles Science Teaching Foundation

Potential science and mathematics teachers are encouraged to apply to the Knowles Science Teaching Foundation for Teaching Fellowships. KSTF Science and Mathematics Teaching Fellows are chosen from among individuals who have earned or are in the process of earning a degree in a discipline related to the science or math subject(s) they intend to teach. UC Santa Barbara Teacher Education Program candidates have won these prestigious awards in 2013 and 2014. Fellowships are intended for individuals committed to teaching high school mathematics, physical sciences, or biological sciences. Applications are typically due in January. The Knowles Foundation Fellowship is not administered by UCSB.