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Supporting an Alternative Pathway to Secondary STEM Teaching

The Montgomery College Noyce: Excellent Teachers for STEM (MC NEXT STEM) program seeks to encourage talented science, technology, engineering, and mathematics professionals to become secondary mathematics and science teachers. The MC NEXT STEM Noyce Scholar Program supports STEM professionals who commit to teaching STEM fields in high-need middle schools and high schools upon completion of their participation in ACET: Alternative Certification for Effective Teachers.  

The ACET program includes  

  • a twelve-week Teaching Institute which features face-to-face classes as well as online components
  • a small cohort of candidates
  • a strong support system with Montgomery College faculty and Montgomery County Public School (MCPS) teachers throughout the program
  • a five- to eight-week internship to enhance the candidates’ transition into teaching
  • a one year teaching residency in MCPS with full pay and benefits 
  • completion of all requirements for the Maryland Standard Professional Certificate

All Applicants For the Noyce Scholar Program Must:

  • Submit a completed ACET program application with all required components, interview and be invited to join an ACET      program cohort.
  • Complete additional application requirements specifically for the Noyce Stipend program as listed here
  • Commit to teach full-time as a STEM teacher in a high-needs middle or high school (MCPS or other) for two years within four years of earning their Maryland Standard Professional Certificate through the ACET program.           


Some words from current Scholars:


Lauren (Mathematics):  I graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a    degree in environmental engineering….I intend to apply the breadth of my experiences to finding  or creating the best real-world applications and discussions that will make math interesting and exciting to the students.

Jean Paul

Jean-Paul (Chemistry): After graduating with my master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences/Forensic Medicine, I decided to take some time      to re-evaluate my career path and applied to a position as a long-term substitute in the science department of a local high school.  Teaching there over the past year and a half has been one of the most exciting    and fulfilling career choices I have made to date.

                             PRD 566

For more information on this program, please contact Principal Investigator and Director of Teacher Education Partnerships,        Debra Poese, at or by phone 240-567-7269.

This program was developed with support from the National Science Foundation under the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, Phase I Scholarships and Stipends, Award No. 1555634 (2016- 2021).  

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