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The Indy STEM Teacher Residency (ISTR) Program is a partnership between Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS) and Purdue University that aims to strengthen the educational outcomes of students in one of the largest urban school district in Indiana by preparing culturally competent, highly qualified career teachers who will elevate student achievement in middle and high school science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The ISTR Program seeks individuals who possess a strong academic and/or professional background in a STEM field without extensive teaching experience, but who are interested in pursuing a career in secondary (Grades 5-12) science or mathematics teaching. ISTR candidates will develop enhanced knowledge, skills, and dispositions for integrating engineering and technology design into science, mathematics, and/or computer science instruction through project- and problem-based, inquiry-oriented approaches.

Participants selected for the ISTR Program will be provided a stipend during ($46,500 in three payments of $15,500 over 18 months) in the form of a forgivable loan in return for a three-year teaching commitment in IPS. The stipend is intended to cover the cost of the Purdue courses plus some living expenses.


What is a Teacher Residency Program

A teacher residency program is one in which prospective teachers complete graduate-level coursework alongside a year-long fieldwork experience in the school district in which the prospective teacher will be hired. Each ISTR Resident Teacher will partner with an IPS teacher in an IPS science or mathematics classroom during her/his residency. Additionally, through carefully targeted instructional strategies paced throughout the academic year, ISTR Resident Teachers and their supervisors will test, practice and refine each strategy applied to content instruction with real time feedback and reflection. ISTR Resident Teachers will learn to teach a science or mathematics content, skills, and practices through the integration of engineering design in culturally and socially relevant ways.

Program Overview

The ISTR program prioritizes classroom practice and deep clinical experience in an IPS classroom, graduate level coursework, and induction level support. By the end of the ISTR Program, Resident Teachers will have completed:

  • Transition to Teaching (TTT) Licensure
    • ISTR Resident Teachers will meet the requirements for Indiana state teaching licensure at the secondary level (Grades 5-12) in at least one STEM discipline (i.e., Chemistry, Earth Science, Life Science, Physics, or Mathematics)
  • Graduate degree certificate in K-12 integrated STEM education
  • Master of Science degree within the College of Education

Cost

In-State Tuition

  • $425/credit hour

Out-of-State Tuition

  • $625/credit hour

Transition to Teaching (TTT) Licensure

EDCI 59100 – Transition to Teaching: Pedagogy I
EDCI 59100 – Transition to Teaching: Pedagogy II
EDCI 58500 – Multicultural Education
EDPS 59100 – Differentiating Curriculum and Instruction
EDCI 69500 – Teaching Internship

Graduate degree certificate in K-12 integrated STEM education

EDCI 53900 – Introduction to K-12 STEM Integration
EDCI 54900 – Assessment in STEM Education
EDCI 58800 – Integrated STEM Education Methods
EDCI 59100 – Intro to Teaching K-12 Eng & Tech Design
EDCI 59000 – Engineering in Community Service

Master of Science degree within the College of Education

EDCI 52001 – C&I Seminar 1
EDCI 52002 – C&I Seminar 2
EDCI 52003 – Theories and Trends
EDCI 52004 – Teachers as Leaders
EDCI 59100 – Capstone: Inquiry into Practice
EDCI 59100 – Curriculum and Instruction Portfolio
EDCI 59000 – Intro Computer Science for Teachers
*EDCI 59000 – Teaching Computer Science II (Optional)
*EDCI 59000 – Teaching Computer Science III (Optional)
*EDCI 5XXXX – Induction Course
*EDCI 5XXXX – Induction Course Year 2

* Courses to be completed after employment

Admission Requirements

In order to be eligible to participate in the Secondary TTT Program, you must meet one of the following entrance qualifications:

  • A bachelor’s degree or the equivalent with a grade point average of at least three (3.0) on a four (4.0) point scale from an accredited post-secondary educational institution in the subject area that the individual intends to teach. (Coursework may not be taken or repeated after earning the degree in order to raise the overall GPA.)
  • A graduate degree from an accredited post-secondary educational institution in the subject area or a related field that the individual intends to teach.
  • Both a bachelor’s degree from an accredited post-secondary educational institution with a grade point average of at least two and five-tenths (2.5) on a four (4.0) point scale, and five (5) years professional experience in the subject or a related area that the individual intends to teach.
  • Both a bachelor’s degree from an accredited post-secondary educational institution and proof that the individual has passed the state approved content area examination in the subject area that the individual intends to teach.

*In addition, you will need to provide three (3) letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose and official transcripts from all universities attended. Also, although not required for admission, except for Option 4 above, the Pearson content test is required prior to the internship.

Application Details

Deadline to apply

December 1st

How to apply:
  1. Apply to the Transition to Teaching licensure program
  2. Review the application checklist for important details and materials required.
  3. Once application is complete and reviewed, an interview will be scheduled with an ISTR faculty member.
Transcript Evaluation and Credential Review

The Transition to Teaching licensure route (through which ISTR Resident Teachers will meet the requirements for Indiana state teaching licensure at the secondary level in at least one STEM discipline) requires the completion of a transcript evaluation and credential review prior to admission to the ISTR Program.

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  • Do I have to pay for the Purdue University courses?
    Yes. However, the Teacher Residents will receive a $46,500 stipend during the ISTR Program (distributed in three payments over 18 months) in the form of a forgivable loan in return for a three-year teaching commitment in IPS. The amount of the stipend takes into account the tuition and fees for the ISTR program.
  • What is a forgivable loan?
    The ISTR Program requires a 3-year teaching commitment in Indianapolis Public Schools (IPS). The ISTR Program stipend is structured as a forgivable loan, which means that the loan will be forgiven once the program participant meets the 3-year teaching commitment in IPS. If a program participant does not complete the 3-year teaching commitment in IPS, then s/he will be required to repay the balance of forgivable loan, which will be prorated based on how many full years of teaching in IPS were completed before leaving the program.
  • Are all courses online?
    Yes, all courses for the ISTR Program will be online
  • What is the Integrated STEM education graduate degree certificate and is it going to help me find a job?
    ISTR Resident Teachers will complete a comprehensive suite of five courses for the Integrated STEM Education graduate degree certificate. This certification is designed to broaden and deepen students’ understanding of K-12 integrated STEM education and develop the knowledge and skills necessary to effectively teach STEM disciplines through the integration of engineering and technology design. Completers of this certificate will understand the philosophical foundations of integrated STEM education and be able to develop and deliver science and/or mathematics instruction using inquiry-based, project-based, and problem-based approaches that integrate engineering and technology design. The certificate will provide evidence that the student has met core objectives of the Indiana STEM Strategic Plan.
  • When will I compete the teacher residency?
    ISTR Resident Teachers will take coursework in spring and summer semesters prior to beginning their residency in an IPS classroom in fall semester. The residency lasts an entire academic year. The ISTR Resident Teacher will be partnered with a veteran IPS teacher called a Clinical Prep Teacher Leader (CPTL) during her/his residency.
  • Will I take courses during my teacher residency year?
    Yes, ISTR Resident Teachers will continue to take coursework during their teacher residency. All coursework during the teacher residency will be delivered online through Purdue University.
  • Is the STEM induction program required?
    Yes, the ISTR STEM Induction Program is required during the first two years of teaching. The ISTR Induction Program is structured as a Professional Learning Community (PLC) that aims to support STEM teachers through the beginning years of their career and offer opportunities to develop mastery experience, cultivate professional relationships, and receive peer feedback to reflect upon and enhance their practices. In addition, through participation in the ISTR Induction Program, teachers will earn professional growth points necessary for moving from an Initial Practitioner license to a Proficient Practitioner license.

Admissions or Application Questions:
onlineadmissions@purdue.edu

Program Specific Questions:
Indy STEM Teacher Residency Program
Professor Lynn Bryan
Director, Center for Advancing the Teaching and Learning of STEM
3288 Beering Hall of Liberal Arts and Education
100 N. University Street
West Lafayette, IN 47907
labryan@purdue.edu

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