During your volunteer guest teaching, you are paired with a seasoned STEM teacher in one of our 250 high-needs partner schools. You will work directly with students and have the opportunity to do a take-over day where you are responsible for planning and facilitating the day’s lesson with the support of your host teacher.
In addition to being a wonderful hands-on learning experience, guest teaching is an important networking opportunity as you explore a career as an educator.
Spending time in the classroom is at the heart of the program and helps you make an informed decision as you explore becoming a STEM teacher.
Your professional development resources are in one easy-to-find Google Classroom. You will have access to a plethora of learning modules, and you will complete assignments and receive feedback from your Program Coordinator through this platform.
Online Speaker Series and Workshops: From August through April, you will be invited to join regular online sessions led by expert presenters who will share current pedagogical practices, and discuss new strategies and the implementation of new instructional techniques. The online sessions, free to EnCorps Educators, allow for collaborative and active learning.
As you explore our program, we encourage you to sign-up for an upcoming session. There is a $25 fee for non-EnCorps educators.
Annual Learning Summit: In May, EnCorps Educators gather for a week-long professional development and networking event, held online and in person. Learn more about this year’s Learning Summit.
EnCorps will provide you with resources to simplify and clarify the process of selecting, applying to, and enrolling in Single Subject or Career & Technical Education (CTE) credential programs for your state.
EnCorps has put together a comprehensive and well-researched summary of credentialing program options available to you, including traditional, residency, and intern options. Your Program Coordinator will also advise and counsel you on the difference between Single Subject and CTE credentials; the steps you need to take in order to apply for a credential program; and how to access grants, scholarships, and loan forgiveness programs.
The EnCorps STEM Teachers Program is free of charge.
EnCorps Fellows are responsible for fingerprinting fees (in California, a $100 stipend is available towards fingerprinting fees upon submission of proof of payment), Tuberculosis testing fee, test registration fees and fees associated with ordering transcripts.
EnCorps Fellows are also responsible for all credentialing/licensure/certification tuition, as well as all materials and textbooks required by a credentialing/licensure/certification program. EnCorps does offer scholarships to our Fellows on an application basis to cover part of their tuition.
During your volunteer guest teaching, Fellows in California will receive a $200 travel stipend once they complete all guest teaching. In New York, our partner the New York Academy of Science (NYAS) provides Fellows with a $500 stipend and up to a $150 travel stipend once they complete all guest teaching requirements.
The Golden State Teacher Grant Program awards up to $20,000 to students currently enrolled in a program approved by the Commission on Teacher Credentialing (CTC) and working to earn their credentials. In order to quality, you must 1) complete your program and obtain your credentials within 3 years from the start of receiving the funds and 2) commit to work at a priority school in California for 4 years within 8 years of completing your program. The full program requirements, applications as well as a list of priority schools can be found on the California Student Aid Commission (CSAC) website.
EnCorps has over 250 partner schools where Fellows can complete their Volunteer Guest Teaching. Many of our partner schools are also on the California priority list, providing you with a great opportunity to build a relationship with a school that is part of the Golden State Teacher Grant Program.