COE: We Teach MO STEM - Graduate Opportunities
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Noyce Scholarship: Building Excellence in STEM Talent (BEST)

The We Teach MO STEM program oversees the $20,000 NSF BEST Noyce Scholarship for individuals who hold a degree in a STEM field and would like to obtain secondary teaching certification in science or math. Collaborate with Experienced Science Educators, Teacher Educators, Community Leaders School Leaders and Research-Based Companies for the common goals of designing innovative learning experiences that meet the needs and interests of students and connecting classrooms to authentic applications of STEM knowledge and skills.

National Science Foundation

Program Details:

  • Earn a Master’s Degree in Secondary Education plus teaching certification in a STEM discipline
  • $10,000/year scholarship
  • Commit a minimum of two years to teaching in a high-needs school as a STEM educator for every one year of scholarship support
  • Connect with other Noyce Scholars in the Midwest region and across the US


  • Possess an undergraduate degree (or close) in a STEM discipline, including computer science,instructional technology, information science or statistics
  • Meet basic requirements for the UMSL Graduate School
  • Take and pass the MO Content Area exam (MoCA) for teaching in Missouri

Other Opportunities:

  • Teach in 12 : UMSL’s innovative program offers post-baccalaureate teacher certification in as little as 12 months. Aspiring candidates must already hold a bachelor’s degree and pass the appropriate Missouri Content Assessment (MoCA) prior to admission
  • UMSL maintains a list of science education programs you might be interested in