NIU Science Teaching Experience and Practice for Undergraduate Participants (STEPup)
Share your passion for science by participating in a paid, one-week science teaching experience in a local high school. The program's primary goal is to introduce individuals to the field of education and teaching, with opportunities to examine and evaluate a career as a high school science teacher in a diverse school.
The STEPup program runs from January 7-12, 2024. Participants will stay at the hotel located in the Holmes Student Center on the NIU campus for the entire week.
Complimentary hotel room and meals
One week of training on teaching methods from NIU Secondary Science Educator Licensure faculty
Opportunities to observe lab-based science classes at a local high school
Mentoring from current science teachers
Experience designing and teaching a hands-on science lesson to high school students
Current student at a community college or four-year college
Minimum 18 years old
Community college students interested in exploring science teaching as a career are highly encouraged to apply.
Participants spend the week learning science content and how to teach that content to high school students, as well as applying those skills in an actual teaching experience within three high school classrooms. For more information, see the tentative schedule below or contact Paul Fix.