MassTeach is a program designed to recruit and support more STEM teachers who start their college careers at a community college. Students who are studying a STEM field at a Massachusetts community college and are interested in giving back to their community through teaching should consider applying to MassTeach. Students who are selected to be MassTeach Scholars will be part of a program with other people in MassTeach. As a group, Scholars will receive advising, testing support, tutoring, and be part of a community. MassTeach Scholars will receive $10,000 each year for their efforts during the 3rd and 4th year of university ($20,000 total). In return, MassTeach Scholars commit to teaching in a high-needs district for four years.
For the Spring 2019 application period, any community college student from Berkshire Community College, Holyoke Community College, or Quinsigamond Community College is eligible to apply. Students should be studying a STEM field and need to be interested in teaching. Specific requirements include:
*If a student has not passed the Communications and Literacy MTEL, we still encourage you to apply. The MTEL can be taken during the spring or summer, but the expectation is that a student has passed it before the fall 2019 semester begins.
Applying is easy! Students should submit all materials electronically to Allison Little (firstname.lastname@example.org) by March 15, 2019.
Students should apply in the spring before they are transferring. We highly encourage students to complete an Associate’s degree prior to transferring because students need to be entering as a junior (a student with 60-credits or more toward a degree) to be eligible to receive the money.
Students who receive money and leave MassTeach prior to graduating will need to pay back the funds that they already received.
We really hope that all MassTeach Scholars complete their four year commitment and continue to teach well beyond that. However, we know that life happens and you may need to leave the classroom. You have 7 years to complete your 4 year commitment, so you can leave and come back to the classroom if absolutely necessary. If you are unable to do that, then you will be required to pay back a portion of the funds you received. For example, if you teach for 2 years, then you keep $10,000 and have to return $10,000 since you fulfilled half of your commitment. If you teach for 1 year, then you would keep $5,000 and return $15,000. If you teach for 3 years, leave the classroom due to medical issues or family obligations, and come back to teach another year, then you keep the $20,000 and do not need to pay anything back.
MassTeach is in its first year and is working with partners from pilot sites. In future years, students from any community college transferring to state university will be able to apply to be part of the MassTeach cohort. Funding is only available however at the three state universities that are part of the pilot: Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA), Westfield State University, and Worcester State University.