Step 1: Free Summer Courses at Dallas College
Students attending a Dallas College campus, who have earned between 15-30 credits, and who are interested in a math education career, will be able to apply for a special 7 credit hour summer session at Dallas College at no cost. The session will feature:
- a special morning section of “MATH 2412: Pre-Calculus" that incorporates evidence-based teaching methods such as inquiry-based learning
- a special afternoon section of “EDUC 1301: Introduction to the Teaching Profession" that includes an emphasis on mathematics education
It will also include opportunities for extra pre-calculus practice, discussion of teaching methods, and community building activities.
Step 2: Follow a Transfer Pathway
Students who successfully complete the summer session and decide to pursue a math education degree will participate in a customized Dallas Noyce Mathematics Education Pathway that guides them through their remaining courses at Dallas College School of Education in preparation for transfer to SMU. Students will have access to both Dallas College School of Education and SMU advising resources, to ensure that as many courses will transfer smoothly to SMU as possible. During this time, summer experience participants, local educators, faculty and other interested SMU students will be invited to community-building events including guest speakers.
Step 3: Apply to Transfer to SMU
As they approach completion of their associate degree at Dallas College School of Education, students will apply to transfer to SMU. This will include applying for both SMU academic scholarships (50% tuition reduction from SMU for students with at least a 3.7 GPA) and the award available through the Noyce Scholars Program (an additional $30,000 from the NSF). Students are selected for the Noyce Scholars Award based on their commitment to a teaching career and their desire to teach math in a high-need school. The funding sources available to transfer students are expected to cover a significant portion of students’ cost to complete their degree at SMU. Note that students may apply to the Dallas Noyce Scholars Program even if they did not participate in the summer Pre-Calculus course, as long as they completed sufficient coursework (see an advisor for more details).
Step 4: Double Major in Educational Studies and Mathematics
Once at SMU, students will continue taking courses toward their Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and their Bachelor of Science in Educational Studies. The dual degree program allows certain classes to count toward both degrees, and includes courses focused on content and pedagogy organized around math content strands. In addition to financial support for their education at SMU, Dallas Noyce Scholars will benefit from:
- Community-focused coursework enabling them to better understand and develop familiarity with the Dallas community
- Field experiences in the communities in which they will teach
- Training in working with students for whom English is not their first language
- Cohort mentoring and community building with other students in the program
Step 5: Placement in a Dallas-Area Middle or High School
After completing the dual degrees in Educational Studies and Math, SMU Noyce Scholars will work as student teachers or teacher interns in West Dallas schools. Teacher interns will serve as the teacher of record under the supervision of SMU faculty. After they complete their student teaching or internships, Noyce Scholars will be formally certified to teach in a Texas public school, and the program will work to provide placement options within local ISDs. Ideally, we will place program graduates in the newly announced West Dallas STEM School (WDSS) or Pinkston High School, the high school into which the WDSS feeds.