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 an $11,000 annual salary supplement!

Increase student interest and success in science by enhancing your knowledge of equitable and inclusive science teaching and learning. 

Apply for the second Noyce Master Teacher Fellows cohort, which includes a  four-year Educational Specialist Science Education Leadership degree program and long-term professional development for secondary science teachers, funded by the National Science Foundation and offered through UNL

You will engage in National Board Certification with a focus on inclusive science education and teacher leadership activities by joining 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 school principal will also be invited to participate in the project evaluation study. If selected as a Noyce MTF, you also will receive an $11,000 salary supplement per year.


Eligibility to Apply for Program

To be eligible for this MTF program, you must:

  • Be a current, experienced (ideally have taught for a minimum of 5 years), secondary science teacher in a Nebraska high-need school, and be 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) in a high-need district.
  • Have completed a master’s degree in science (MS) or science education/teaching (MA) (or on track to finish within 1 year of starting the Ed.S. degree program).
  • Your school will be considered high-need if the percentage of students receiving free or reduced lunch is 40% or more. Visit the NDE website to find out. 
  • If accepted, you must continue to teach for five years to complete the requirements of the Noyce MTF fellowship and receive all five years of the salary supplement 
  • 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 during the school year.
    • Science content courses (can also be used for added science teaching endorsements) for preparation for science content test.
  2. Educational Specialist Degree (66 credit hours, including a certificate in educational leadership)
    • December 2022: Noyce MTF Program orientation
    • January 2023:  Start of semester-long courses (see UNL spring academic calendar)
      • May transfer up to 24 credit hours of relevant science, science education, and/or education coursework toward degree.
      • Science teacher leadership project: collect and analyze data for a self-study of your leadership project.
      • If accepted into the program there will be an option after the first year to apply for the Educational Doctorate (Ed.D.) degree (90 credit hours). (Note: This degree program will not qualify you to become a school administrator.)
  3. Annual summer professional development institutes

Application Requirements

  • Letter of support from building principal or superintendent.
  • 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; can be completed more than 10 years ago)
  • Admission essay
  • Link to 30-minute teaching video that illustrates inquiry-based science teaching.
  • Also submit a 350- to 500-word analysis of your video that is not limited to, but fully responds to the following questions:
    1. What would precede and follow this lesson (i.e., in the instructional sequence)?
    2. Please identify the specific NGSS performance expectation(s) addressed and explain how your lesson was aligned. Additionally, discuss:
      • i. What specific science content was the target?
      • ii. What specific SEP(s) and CCC(s) did you employ, or could you employ, to enhance the lesson?
    3. After reviewing the videotaped science lesson, what would you change if you were to teach this lesson again?

Important Deadlines

Part I: Noyce Fellowship Application

Part II: UNL Degree Program Application (required)

  • December 1, 2022: Apply for Ed.S. 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 Joelle Tangen at jtangen2@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