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Mercy College Awarded Grant from the National Science Foundation to Expand STEM Programs
Date:8/29/2013

Dobbs Ferry, NY (PRWEB) August 30, 2013

Mercy College has been awarded a $1,447,827.00 grant from the National Science Foundation to expand the College’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics education programs. The grant will be used to establish the Mercy College Intensive STEM Teacher Initiative (MISTI), which will primarily fund educational costs for students to pursue careers in teaching STEM at the middle school and high school levels.

Designated as a five-year program, MISTI will prepare and graduate 20 certified high school or middle school math and biology teachers. Each student will enter the program as a biology or mathematics major, and will earn a master’s in adolescence education, and a New York State teaching certification. To complete the student teaching requirement Mercy College has partnered with:

  •     Harry S Truman High School in the Bronx
  •     Ossining Public Schools
  •     The Public Schools of the Tarrytowns
  •     Yonkers Public Schools

The program is also in collaboration with:

  •     Bronx Community College
  •     Rockland Community College
  •     Westchester Community College

Activities specifically designed for students in this program include: STEM Summer Immersion Camps at the end of the freshman and sophomore years, an introduction to teaching for juniors and seniors, peer teaching, pedagogical seminars, workshop development and presentations at the Mercy College Parent Center in the Bronx. The program will culminate with a full-year clinical residency in a high-need middle school or high school. The program puts an emphasis on community building, and explicitly integrates STEM subjects through a
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