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Students need you.

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.

Mission

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.

What You Can Expect As An EnCorps Teaching Fellow

  • Train to teach by volunteering a minimum of 2 hours per week in a local classroom as a guest teacher
  • Receive mentorship and coaching from EnCorps staff and an experienced host teacher
  • Complete teaching exams with support from EnCorps
  • Access expert counseling and advice on which credential type and program to pursue, and how to access funding for it
  • Opportunities to apply for internal scholarships for credentialing
  • Engage in a robust slate of professional development and collaborate with a cohort of peers
  • Begin full time teaching in a school district or charter network within 9 months – 2.5 years (depending on accelerated or standard route selected)

Timeline

Cohort B Fellows

Apply by April 27, 2020

Year 1
From December – April, EnCorps will accept Fellows for our 2020B cohort to go through orientation in June and guest teach (volunteering a minimum of 2 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.

Years 2-3
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.
    • In the Standard Pathway, Fellows will begin teaching in August 2022. Fellows will spend their second year practicing, learning, and building teaching skills by earning a Single Subject Credential in a Traditional or Residency program.

Cohort A Fellows

Application deadline TBD (fall 2020)

Year 1
From July – November, EnCorps will accept Fellows for our 2021A cohort to go through orientation in early January and guest teach (volunteering a minimum of 2 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.

Year 2
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.
    • In the Standard Pathway, Fellows will begin teaching in August 2022. Fellows will spend their second year practicing, learning, and building teaching skills by earning a Single Subject Credential in a Traditional or Residency program.
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Rosa Fontana - Accelerated CTE Pathway
Rosa was accepted into the EnCorps Fellowship in June 2015. She spent one semester volunteering in a math classroom with the Incubator School, working with a mentor teacher and developing her teaching practice. In the winter of 2016 she began a career and technical education credential in engineering and was hired as a CTE engineering teacher with Southern California Regional Occupational Center.
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Keith Stolzenbach - Standard Single Subject Pathway
Keith was accepted into the EnCorps Fellowship in spring 2015. He spent a full year tutoring and guest teaching at Bright Star Stella Middle Charter Academy, where he worked with a mentor teacher. In the summer of 2016 he began the UCLA Impact Residency program where he spent another year in a classroom with a mentor teacher and took coursework toward his single subject credential and master's in education. In fall 2017 Keith began teaching chemistry and physics full time at Performing Arts Community School.
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LaTeira Haynes - Accelerated Single Subject Pathway
LaTeira was accepted into the EnCorps Fellowship in fall 2014. She served as a guest teacher at High Tech High North County, working with a mentor teacher. In the spring 2015 she began a single subject intern credential program with Cal State Dominguez Hills, where she trained on Saturdays and throughout the summer. She began teaching biology and general science at Dymally High School in the fall of 2015.

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.