NSF Noyce Master Teaching Fellows Program

Meeting the Needs of Diverse Students through a Next Generation of Science Teacher Leadership

Become a UNL NSF Noyce Science Master Teaching Fellow and receive $10,000 annual salary supplement!

Increase student interest and success in science by enhancing your knowledge of equitable and inclusive science teaching and learning. Apply for this new, five-year Educational Specialist Science Education and Educational Leadership certificate and long-term professional development program for secondary science teachers, funded by the National Science Foundation.

You will engage in National Board Certification and inclusive science education and teacher leadership activities and join a national community of NSF Noyce Master Teaching Fellows (MTFs). During this five-year fellowship, you’ll also participate in annual surveys and interviews as part of the project’s grant evaluation. These will take place at a time and location of your choosing and will pose no risk to you. Your principal will also be invited to participate in the project evaluation study. If selected as a Noyce MTF, you also will receive a $10,000 annual salary supplement.


Eligibility to Apply for Program

To be eligible for this MTF program, you must:

  • Be a current, experienced (ideally have taught for 5 years), secondary science teacher in a Nebraska high-need school who is passionate about innovative and inclusive science education and teacher leadership.
  • Be a full-time teacher in the classroom (i.e., not a science coach or curriculum specialist).
  • Have completed a master’s degree in science (MS) or science education/teaching (MA) (within 1 year of starting the program)
  • Your school will be considered high-need if the percentage of students receiving free or reduced lunch has been at or above the state average within the last three years. Visit the NDE Education Profiles website to find out. 
  • If accepted, you must teach for five years to complete the requirements of the Noyce MTF fellowship.
  • If you are unsure about your eligibility, please contact: Dr. Beth Lewis at elewis3@unl.edu

Program Curriculum

  1. National Board Certification
    • Candidate support workshops
    • Science content courses (can also be used for added science teaching endorsements)
  2. Educational Specialist Degree (60 credit hours, including a certificate in educational leadership)
    • If you prefer you may apply for the Educational Doctorate (Ed.D.) degree (90 credit hours). (Note: This degree program will not qualify you to become a school administrator.)
    • May transfer up to 24 credit hours of relevant science education coursework toward degree.
    • Science teacher leadership project: collect and analyze data for a self-study of your leadership project.
  3. Annual summer professional development institutes

Application Requirements

  • Letter of support from building principal
  • 2 additional letters of recommendation from a former academic advisor or professor, school district curriculum specialist, and/or teaching colleague,
  • Professional resume
  • College transcripts (undergraduate and graduate; proof of MA/MS degree)
  • Admission essay
  • Link to 30-minute teaching video

Important Deadlines

Part I: Noyce Fellowship Application

  • October 15, 2021: Submit Noyce MTF Application
  • November 15, 2021: Notification of acceptance into Cohort 1
  • January 2022: Noyce MTF Program orientation and start of semester-long courses (see UNL spring academic calendar)

Part II: UNL Degree Program Application (required)

  • February 1, 2022: Apply for Ed.S. or Ed.D degree
  • To begin your application, first apply through Graduate Studies to the program in Teaching, Learning & Teacher Education (do not indicate a specialization). After completing this step, you will receive an email guiding you through the system for the rest of the application.
  • Please note that there is a $50 application fee for admission to graduate study at UNL.
  • For support with your application please contact Ms. Kate Rask at krask@unl.edu

For further information please contact program coordinator and Noyce grant principal investigator, Dr. Beth Lewis at elewis3@unl.edu

FAQ – Noyce Science MTF Program        National Board Certification Process and Fees

* The project, “Meeting the Needs of Diverse Students through a Next Generation of Science Teacher Leadership,” has been established by the Department of Teaching, Learning, and Teacher Education thanks to the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Track 3 grant awarded by the National Science Foundation. This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DUE-2050650.

Project Partners

Omaha Public Schools

Lincoln Public Schools

Grand Island Public Schools

Nebraska Teachers of Science (NATS)

Nebraska Department of Education