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STEM Teacher Education Program

TLU's T.O.P. Dogs STEM Teacher Program is for individuals who have an interest in inspiring the next generation of scientists as educators.
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The mission of TLU's T.O.P. Dogs STEM Teacher Program is to produce highly effective, culturally competent teachers who will work in high-needs school districts in South Central Texas.

This program funded through a $1,163,200 Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) supporting the project, “Preparing Committed and Culturally Competent STEM Teachers in South Central Texas.” TLU was previously awarded a Robert Noyce Capacity Building grant from the NSF in 2017.

Under the direction of Physics Department Chair Dr. Toni Sauncy and Education Department Chair Jeannette Jones, the program is designed to prepare STEM teachers to be successful in 7th through 12th-grade STEM classrooms.

The program includes an emphasis on cultural awareness and focused mentoring with our partner school districts including Seguin, Nixon-Smiley, Gonzales, and Luling independent school districts.

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Since the T.O.P. Dogs STEM Teacher Program works directly with TLU’s Department of Education, pre-service teachers will be well prepared to obtain teaching certification upon graduation, while also mastering advanced STEM content in a chosen discipline.

Through collaborative mentoring in the STEM fields and Education, students will receive the best research-based training in how to best deliver rigorous STEM content to a diverse set of students in their future classrooms.

Students in the program will earn one of six degrees:

  • B.S. Biology (for certification in Life Sciences, 7-12)
  • B.S. Chemistry with an emphasis in Physics (for certification in Physical Science, 7-12)
  • B.S. Mathematics (for certification in Mathematics, 2-12)
  • B.S. Mathematics with an emphasis in Physics (for certification in Physics/Math, 7-12)
  • B.S. Physics with an emphasis in Chemistry (for certification in Physical Science, 7-12)
  • B.S. Physics with an emphasis in Mathematics (for certification in Physics/Math, 7-12)

These degrees are STEM degrees, with course work tailored to the expectations of students entering the STEM workforce, with the bonus of equipping graduates to obtain the credentials to teach. With the additional cultural competency training, mentoring and classroom experience, students who complete the program will be attractive candidates to fill the needs of school districts around the state.

Program Requirements & Scholarships

Anyone can be part of the program, as early as their freshman year. To be admitted into education courses, students must have completed at least 15 hours in the chosen discipline, and apply to be part of the education training program. Available scholarships are up to $20,000 for two years for students completing STEM degrees that lead to secondary teaching certification

Please contact Dr. Toni Sauncy for more information about about program requirements and scholarship opportunities.

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