Current Requests for Applications:

Rural Student Teaching Experience (RSTE)

The ND EPSCoR National Science Foundation (NSF)-funded RII Track-1 cooperative agreement New Discoveries in the Advanced Interface of Computation, Engineering, and Science (ND-ACES) Rural Student Teaching Experience (RSTE) program provides unique learning experiences for up to two teacher candidates. The goal of the RSTE program is to provide an exceptional learning experience for teacher candidates in a rural school and community while they complete the requirements of their undergraduate programs.

Eligible applicants must be U.S. citizens or resident aliens who are middle school or high school teacher candidates at one of the 10 participating ND EPSCoR ND-ACES RII Track-1 campuses located in ND – Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC), Dickinson State University (DSU), Mayville State University (MaSU), Minot State University (MiSU), North Dakota State University (NDSU), Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College (NHSC), Sitting Bull College (SBC), Turtle Mountain Community College (TMCC), University of North Dakota (UND), or Valley City State University (VCSU). Members of underrepresented or underserved groups and teacher candidates completing teacher education programs at CCCC, DSU, MaSU, MiSU, NHSC, SBC, TMCC, or VCSU are especially encouraged to apply.

Program Description:
For Spring 2024, the ND EPSCoR RSTE program will provide support for six teacher candidates while they complete their one-semester student teaching internship in a rural North Dakota school. Teacher candidates will be able to complete all institution-specific requirements for the student teaching internship. ND-ACES PROmoting Sustainable Partnerships in Education and Research (PROSPER) faculty will work with participating teacher candidates, their academic advisors, and campus teacher education units to ensure that these internships meet the award criteria.

While participating in the RSTE program, teacher candidates will also receive mentorship from PROSPER faculty during their time in the program. Each awardee will receive funding of up to $10,000 as a participation incentive to live in a rural school district as part of the RSTE. This funding will be reduced if student teachers are paid for their services by a school or district.

ND-ACES is excited about the potential of this program and we expect a healthy applicant pool for Spring 2024. Application selection will be guided by the following criteria:

  • candidate is in the process of completing an undergraduate program leading to teacher licensure;
  • candidate is qualified to student teach at the middle school or high school level during the semester after which they apply to RSTE;
  • candidate is prepared and willing to student teach in mathematics/technology or science/engineering; and
  • candidate expresses an interest in teaching in rural schools.

Application Requirements:
Teacher candidates who wish to be considered for the RSTE program should:

  • Complete the Qualtrics Application Form. The form asks applicants to share information about their qualifications and interest in working in a rural school and community and
  • Upload a copy of their resume.

Application materials must be submitted electronically by noon on September 29, 2023, for full consideration.

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