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The 2012 WWF cohort

The Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship at IUPUI: Excellence in Urban STEM Teacher Preparation

The Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship at IUPUI is a Master's Degree program to prepare effective and highly qualified STEM teachers for Indiana students in high-need schools. Fellows selected earn a 36-credit hour MS degree in one of three areas at IUPUI: MS Education (IU), MS Math (Purdue) or MS Technology (Purdue). Fellows are placed in a full-year Urban Teacher Residency where the curriculum and student teaching focuses on learning to develop and integrate inquiry-based STEM instruction in diverse middle school and high school classrooms. Each Fellow who accepts the $30,000 fellowship commits to teach science, mathematics or engineering technology education for at least three years in a high-need Indiana secondary school.

Dual Certification in STEM and Special Education

Recognizing the growing need for highly qualified and innovative STEM teachers dedicated to the education of children with exceptional needs, IUPUI is the only Woodrow Wilson Fellowship program that provides the option for earning dual certification in STEM and special education through the Indianapolis Urban Residency Dual Certification option [PDF]. The special education certification develops the Fellows' ability to teach all learners, enhancing versatility and marketability. To cover the additional coursework required for the Special Education certification, a limited number of $35,000 fellowships are available.

Additional Program Information, 2014-16

Induction Support for new STEM teachers

Fellows complete all coursework required for the Indiana teaching license certification at the end of the first year of the program and are then eligible to become teacher of record in their own classroom. Intensive mentoring support from IUPUI continues through the next three years of teaching. The induction support includes monthly Professional Development Saturdays led by the IUPUI Director of Induction Support, one-on-one support from a building mentor teacher or an IUPUI coach, and a yearly stipend for classroom supplies. Fellows complete the remaining six credits necessary for completion of the Master's degree during their first year of full-time teaching. For more information, review the WWITF Program Components [PDF].

Program Goals and Philosophy

An interdisciplinary team of faculty members from three schools designed the IUPUI Woodrow Wilson Urban Teacher residency program: the IU School of Education, the Purdue School of Science, the Purdue School of Engineering and Technology. Our model is aimed at the following four goals:

  • Attracting the very best candidates to the teaching profession;
  • Transforming STEM teacher education;
  • Developing expertise in equitable learning opportunities for all students
  • Retaining top STEM teachers in high need schools.

The curriculum is structured around Indiana Professional Standards Board competencies for middle and high school STEM teachers, Indiana Department of Education academic standards for student learning in the STEM disciplines, and the Indiana University School of Education Principles of Teacher Education.

For the specific academic degree program information, please contact Dr. Kathy Marrs, kmarrs@iupui.edu, Woodrow Wilson Indiana Teaching Fellowship Project Director. For general fellowship eligibility and application information, please contact Kim Nguyen at knguyen@iupui.edu or 317-274-1126.