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 every year, and 3,500 new teachers needed in Colorado every year.
We are STEM professionals providing high quality education to close achievement gaps for students in low income communities.
We are a nonprofit that trains and supports STEM professionals, military veterans, and retirees as they embark on 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. EnCorps supports STEM professionals to obtain traditional teacher licensure (California single subject credentials and Colorado teacher licensure) or industry-aligned licensure (career and technical education).
•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 (if applicable) with support from EnCorps.
•Access expert counseling and advice on which teacher credential/license type and program to pursue, and how to access funding for it.
•Opportunities to apply for internal scholarships.
•Engage in a robust slate of professional development and collaborate with a cohort of peers. Offerings include Summer Residential Institute in June, Fall Institute in October and Spring Institute in March – opportunities to learn and network.
•Begin full time teaching in a school district or charter network within 9 months – 2.5 years (depending on accelerated or standard route selected). Starting salaries typically range from $40,000 to $65,000.
•Teachers in the United States rate their lives better than all other occupation groups, trailing only physicians.
•Mid-career teacher salaries range between $60K and $100K.
•Teachers enjoy excellent retirement and other benefits.
•Secondary teachers typically impact over 100 students each year. That’s over 1,000 students if you teach 10 years!
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Cohort 2021A Fellows
Apply by November 13, 2020
From July – November of 2020, EnCorps will accept Fellows for our 2021A cohort to go through Guest Teacher Training in January 2021 and Guest Teach (volunteering a minimum of 2 hours per week) from January-June 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.
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. *Please note: to earn a CTE credential, Fellows must have at least 3 years of professional industry experience.
•In the Standard Pathway, Fellows begin teaching in August 2022. From fall 2021-spring 2022, Fellows will practice, learn, and build teaching skills by earning a Single Subject Credential in a Traditional or Residency program.
•In the Accelerated Pathway, Fellows begin teaching in August 2021 as a non-licensed teacher or by earning an alternative teacher licensure. As a non-licensed teacher, Fellows may work in a charter school. To pursue an alternative teaching license, Fellows will need to have a job offer from a school and complete coursework alongside full time teaching in their first year teaching.
•In the Standard Pathway, Fellows begin teaching in August 2022. From fall 2021-spring 2022, Fellows will practice, learn, and build teaching skills by earning a teacher license in a Traditional or Residency program.
Rosa was accepted into the EnCorps Fellowship in June. 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, about 6 months after joining EnCorps, she began a career and technical education credential in engineering and was hired as a CTE engineering teacher with Southern California Regional Occupational Center.
Keith was accepted into the EnCorps Fellowship in the spring. He spent a full year tutoring and guest teaching at Bright Star Stella Middle Charter Academy, where he worked with a mentor teacher. About 12 months after acceptance into EnCorps, 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.
LaTeira was accepted into the EnCorps Fellowship in the fall. She served as a guest teacher at High Tech High North County, working with a mentor teacher that school year. In the spring 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, about one year after acceptance into the EnCorps Fellowship.
EnCorps Fellows come from a diverse range of STEM industries, but share a core commitment to public service and teaching in high needs schools.
The EnCorps team would love to hear from you. Contact us now and learn how we can help you become a teacher in California and Colorado.