Winthrop University offers both undergraduate and graduate options for pursuing initial certification in mathematics or science. The WISE program will offer four cohorts of support for students pursuing either option for certification in mathematics or science.
WISE Program Goals:
- Recruitment of and support for mathematics and science teachers;
- Multiple and varied paths for certification (undergraduate, graduate, transfer, and career-changers);
- Meaningful experiences for STEM majors in research and education settings including a Summer Internship modeled after current research programs
- Innovative programs leading to general science, biology, and mathematics certification.
- Provide summer internships for these freshman and sophomore majors that expose them to research and education in their content area
- Provide scholarship or stipends to undergraduates or graduate students enrolled in Winthrop's mathematics or science education programs during their final two years
- Provide these scholars with extra support : additional mentoring from WISE personnel during field experiences and first year of teaching; financially support state memberships in mathematics or science professional teacher organization and attendance at conferences
- Scholars give back to program by attending future summer internships and participating in recruitment activities; teach 1 year in high need school for every $5000 award of financial support
The WISE program is funded by the NSF 10-514, Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program under award # 1035322.