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STEM Crisis

The demand for high quality math and science teachers continues to go unmet; it is currently estimated that about 3,000 new math and science teachers are needed in California alone every year.


We empower STEM professionals to transform public education by obtaining a teacher certification to teach in high needs schools.

EnCorps Solution

We are a nonprofit that trains and supports STEM professionals, military veterans, and retirees in California as they explore a career transition to teaching. Serving high needs schools since 2007, we address the pervasive and complex issues of STEM literacy, workforce development, and effective teacher preparation. STEM professionals with a California single subject or career and technical education teaching credential are needed to serve in under-resourced communities.

STEM Teaching Certification Fellowship Overview

The EnCorps career pathway is a gradual approach that includes a volunteer pre-service component: tutoring and/or guest teaching in high-need schools and after-school programs. Fellows are matched with an EnCorps partner school and commit to 2-5 hours per week. In their tutoring experience, Fellows work directly with individual or small groups of students who need assistance in their academic studies. During guest teaching, Fellows are matched with a mentor teacher for observation, small group work and the opportunity to design and deliver their own lessons.

Along with the experience tutoring or guest teaching in schools, Fellows work with an experienced mentor teacher and are supported by EnCorps Program Directors. Following pre-service Fellows decide on an EnCorps track of volunteering or full time (paid) teaching.

EnCorps Fellows pursue California single subject or career and technical education (CTE) teaching credentials as part of the program. EnCorps provides study materials for exams such as the CSET, credentialing resources and research for those Fellows who decide to pursue teaching as a career. In addition, EnCorps has been able to provide scholarship and professional development award opportunities and connect our Fellows with school and district partners for full time teaching opportunities.

EnCorps offers a robust slate of professional development, including in person and online sessions. Fellows share their experience, ideas, support and best practices with a cohort of peers. Fellows and alumni build a sense of community and camaraderie through online platforms, observations and social events.

Program Pathways

EnCorps Fellows may begin orientation and pre-service in December (mid-year start) or in June at Summer Residential Institute. During the first one or two academic semesters, Fellows engage in pre-service volunteering at a local partner school and are supported in making a decision regarding their pathway into teaching. Throughout their EnCorps experience, Fellows engage in high touch professional development, networking with peers and the education community and putting their newly developed teaching skills into practice.

Accelerated Pathway

The accelerated pathway allows Fellows to earn or work on their Career and Technical (CTE) or Single Subject credentials in the spring or summer and begin full time teaching as early as the fall after they are accepted. This pathway takes between 6-9 months to begin full time teaching.

Traditional Pathway

The traditional or residency pathway allows Fellows to spend 1-2 semesters in pre-service guest teaching as well as a full year completing coursework and student teaching or teaching side-by-side a mentor. This pathway takes between 12-24 months to begin full time teaching.

Do your part to address inequalities in education. Don’t let zip code determine destiny.

EnCorps Fellows come from a diverse range of STEM industries, but share a core commitment to public service and teaching in high needs schools.


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The EnCorps team would love to hear from you. Contact us now and learn how we can help you become a teacher in California.