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Find out if you are Eligible for California Teacher Certification through EnCorps

EnCorps Fellows come from a diverse range of STEM industries, but share a core commitment to public service and teaching in high needs schools. They are lifelong learners who inspire a love of STEM in others and who believe that all students can achieve. Fellows earn a California teacher certification and apply their STEM industry expertise to high needs schools in under-resourced communities.

Qualifications to Become a Teacher through EnCorps STEM

Qualified applicants for the EnCorps Fellowship must:

  • Currently live in an area we serve (Greater San Francisco Bay Area, Greater Sacramento Area, Greater Los Angeles Area, Riverside, San Diego)
  • Have at least 3 or more years of work or research experience as a STEM industry professional. (At least one year of STEM work experience must be within the last five years or two years within the last ten years. One year equals a minimum of 1000 clock hours and the experience may be full-time or part-time, paid or unpaid. Part-time work experience may be accumulated to equate to the required hours or years of work experience.)
  • Be fully eligible to work in the United States (US Citizen, Permanent Resident, Work Visa)
  • Possess a baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a GPA of 2.50 or higher (foreign degrees must be independently evaluated to determine equivalency)
  • Not currently hold a California single subject teaching credential


EnCorps STEM is a selective program, accepting 18.7% of applicants as Fellows in the last three years. Our research-based approach to screening and selecting candidates prioritizes the following competencies:

Leadership and Influence

Mission Alignment

Achievement in STEM Fields

Resilience / Grit

Personal Responsibility

Growth Mindset / Lifelong Learning Orientation

Cultural Awareness and Sensitivity

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