The Indy STEM Teacher Residency Program (ISTR)



The Indy STEM Teacher Residency (ISTR) program seeks individuals without extensive teaching experience who possess a strong academic and/or professional background in a STEM field and are interested in pursuing a career in secondary (Grades 5-12) science or mathematics teaching.

ISTR 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 districts in Indiana by preparing culturally competent, highly qualified teachers who will elevate student achievement in middle and high school science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. 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-based, inquiry-oriented approaches.



For more information, please see the
MS Secondary STEM Education with Initial Licensure Application Instructions

Participants selected for the ISTR Program will be provided a stipend ($46,500 in three payments of $15,500 over 18 months) in the form of a forgivable loan. In return for the stipend, participants must commit to a three-year teaching position with IPS.

While participating in the ISTR program, participants will earn a Master of Science in Secondary STEM Education with Initial Licensure while also earning credits for the K-12 Integrated STEM Education Graduate Certificate.

The ISTR Program is one of the few programs that pays for the students’ education and offers a job after graduation. Check it out today!

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Program Overview

What is a Teacher Residency Program?

During the teacher residency program, prospective teachers complete graduate-level coursework alongside a year-long fieldwork experience in the school district in which they 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 ISTR Resident Teachers and their supervisors will test, practice and refine carefully targeted educational strategies applied to content instruction with real time feedback and reflection. ISTR Resident Teachers will learn to teach science or mathematics content, skills, and practices through the integration of engineering design in culturally and socially relevant ways.

Purdue quality. Flexible schedule.

Online students participate in the same rigorous academic programs as on-campus students but with a more flexible class schedule. Assignments, discussions, and other coursework are posted each week in the virtual classroom and can be accessed by students at any time.

Courses are eight weeks long and 100% online. 

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