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Urban STEM Teacher Capacity Building Program



"Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known."
-Carl Sagan


With support of an National Science Foundation (NSF) Noyce Capacity Building Grant (NSF 1540805) Metropolitan State University of Denver established a Scholarships and Stipends Program to recruit and prepare STEM majors to teach in grades 7-12. Successfully awarded a five-year NSF Noyce Scholarship and Stipends Grant (NSF 1660506) in August of 2017. The "Inclusive STEM Teaching Preperation at an Urban Commuter University" or USTEM grant has awarded its first cohort of Noyce Scholars for Fall 2017.

The Partners include Englewood, Denver, and Aurora school districts, Northglenn High School, St. Vrain Valley School District MESA program, Colorado Association of Black Professional Engineers and Scientists, and the Colorado I Have a Dream Foundation.

The faculty Leadership Team from STEM departments and the School of Education grounds this program in the university’s mission to equitably reshape existing structures and build innovative new collaborations. The team established the following five goals for the capacity building outcomes needed to establish a robust Noyce program at Metropolitan State university of Denver:

Goals & Outcomes

  1. Cultivate strong partnerships with local high-needs school districts by conducting STEM teaching needs assessments; preparation and placement for future Noyce fellows and program graduates.
  2. Align structures of current Math and Science licensure and Noyce programs at MSU Denver to effectively prepare and support scholarship and stipend recipients through clinical field experiences with integrated STEM instruction.
  3. Develop an undergraduate teacher licensure program for Physics majors; and create a Learning Assistant Program at MSU Denver.
  4. Develop and test effective recruitment and retention strategies for the program focused on increasing the percentage of underrepresented students majoring in STEM fields that enter the teaching profession.
  5. The overall outcome of achieving these four goals will be helping to meet the needs of students, faculty, the university, and its K-12 and community partners by establishing a five-year renewable Noyce program.

What is NSF Noyce?

The Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program of the National Science Foundation responds to the critical need for K-12 teachers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) by encouraging talented STEM students and professionals to pursue teaching careers in elementary and secondary schools.

National Science Foundation provides funding to institutions of higher education to provide scholarships, stipends, and programmatic support to recruit and prepare STEM majors and professionals to become K-12 teachers. Scholarship recipients are required to complete two years of teaching in a high-need school district for each year of support. The program seeks to increase the number of K-12 teachers with strong STEM content knowledge who teach in high-need districts.


Center for Advanced STEM Education

The Center for Advanced STEM Education was established by Dr. Larry S. Johnson and Dr. Joseph Raab in 1993 to serve Colorado schools by offering programs and services in math, science, and environmental studies. One of the goals of the center is to have math and science taught in a more activity-oriented way. Dr. Johnson, former director of the center, believed that students have a better chance of retaining information if they participate in an activity, rather than have a teacher just tells them the facts. The Center for Advanced STEM Education is part of the Metropolitan State University of Denver's College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

The Center for Advanced STEM Education’s (CASE) main mission is to encourage students of all grade levels to earn undergraduate and postsecondary degrees in the STEM Disciplines. The Center has three programs: Colorado Alliance for Minority Participation (COAMP) for students attending MSU Denver, Summer Science Scholars (SSS) for high school students, and the Summer Science Institute (SSI) for middle school students. For more details and program registration information visit the CASE website:

Center for Advanced STEM Education Website

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