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My school has multiple locations across the state. Do you prefer the entire school's demographics or just the demographics for the site I am at?
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Please provide the relevant data which includes the students you serve in your current teaching capacity.
 
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Do I need to be teaching full-time during the 2012-2013 school year?
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The project seeks educators who will be in the classroom during the course of study.
 
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I have a three part question, all to confirm my understanding of the fellowship. 1. Is this program completely free? 2. Do the participants get the opportunity to choose their own courses? 3. Will NASA be the endorser on the STEM certification?
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1. Yes. 2. Three of the five classes are electives. Methods in STEM Education and Action Research are required. 3. As stated on the website: "NASA Endeavor Fellows will be awarded a Certificate in STEM education from Teachers College, Columbia University." NASA is also on the Certificate as seen on the "About Endeavor" page.
 
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Would a mentor from a special professional development program from outside the district be considered a peer?
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Quite possibly this individual could be deemed. Peer.
 
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Unfortunately, with the lack of teaching jobs available in my area, I am substitute teaching for the time being. An I eligible to apply for the fellowship?
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No, not for the "competitive" NASA Fellowships.
 
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Would participation in NASA Endeavor count toward renewal of an existing NBPTS certificate?
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Yes. Those educators seeking certification renewal are able to put their work from Endeavor toward meeting the NBPTS portfolio requirements.
 
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I have a student who just completed our undergraduate preservice teacher program and is currently applying for teaching positions. Is she able to apply to the Endeavor program?
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Not for the NASA Endeavor "Fellowship". Selected education professionals must have a full-time teaching position when applying to be a NASA Endeavor Fellow.
 
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I am currently in a Masters in Teaching Program and teaching Technology in a private school. Since I do not get certified until after I complete my MA program, which option would I select?
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Alternate route is probably best, even though it is not a specific "alternate-route" program.
 
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I am currently a pre-service teacher. Up until recently I worked full-time and attended school full time, therefore that did not leave me much time on campus. I also do not work in a teaching related field. Is a letter of recommendation from a peer absolutely necessary? Would it be possible to substitute that letter for one from another college professor?
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Yes, it is necessary. A person in education like the first reference you mention would not meet that requirement.
 
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I am a K-5 science supervisor (content specialist) that goes into classrooms to conduct lessons. Do I qualify?
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"Full-time teachers" are eligible. In many districts, teachers are defined by contracts, collective bargaining agreements, etc.
 
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Last year I applied to this program but was not selected. Could I apply again this year and be considered? Should I submit everything again?
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Yes and Yes. Reviewers do not know whether an applicant has applied previously.
 
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Under the heading, "Who Should Apply?", it lists those seeking alternative teaching certification in STEM disciplines. Does this mean that this is such a program, for those seeking alternative teaching certification in STEM disciplines or must you already be in an alternative program to apply?
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You must already be in an alternative teaching program.
 
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I am on the teacher pay scale in my district, but do not have a classroom of my own. Would I qualify for the in-service teacher requirement even though I am not currently assigned a classroom?
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Yes
 
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Can you tell me how this program is applied/connected with National Board Certification? Does it fit into one of the portfolio requirements?
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Endeavor's collaboration with the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards (NBPTS) allows participants to select a board certification track. Coursework done for Endeavor's graduate courses for the STEM Certificate from Teachers College, Columbia University, can also meet NBPTS portfolio requirements. A new, special support network will assist Endeavor Fellows in this process, if they choose this track.
 
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Could any of these courses be used in pursuing a master's degree?
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Yes. At least a subset of these regionally-accredited courses could potentially transfer to an appropriate master's program, handled on a program-by-program basis at a college or university. The University of West Florida currently allows many of the courses to be put toward their online master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction. It is a long-term goal of the project that Endeavor courses could be the basis of a master's degree.
 
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I am a high school vice principal overseeing the science, math, and technology departments. In addition, I advise an after school science team. Am I eligible?
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Unfortunately not. The "competitive" NASA Endeavor Fellowships are awarded to [in-service] classroom (or pre-service, or alternate-route) teachers.
 
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I have currently decided to go back to school full-time and get my Ed.D. in STEM education. I have ties to schools in my area to work with students. Would I be eligible to participate as a Fellow?
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Unfortunately not. The "competitive" NASA Endeavor Fellowships are awarded to [in-service] classroom (or pre-service, or alternate-route) teachers.
 
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My Principal is relatively new to our school. Would it be okay if I get a recommendation letter from our Dean of Academic Affairs instead?
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In rare circumstances (e.g., a principal is one year or less or new to the district) another equivalent leader or higher (Superintendent, Dean) is acceptable.
 
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I graduated in May in Education with state certification, however, I was not able to find a full-time teaching position for the fall. I will be a substitute teacher, though. Can I apply as a pre-service educator?
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No. Unfortunately, a project requirement/constraint for the NASA Fellowship option is to be full-time teacher, or a pre-service educator still working toward a degree.
 
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In order to complete the requirements for the NASA Endeavor Science Teaching Certification, I would prefer to take a sabbatical during the 2012-13 school year and do all of the work during this time, rather than overlapping my teaching with graduate level courses. Is this possible? If so, would I still apply for the program by the October 31 deadline?
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Yes and Yes. Read on. The following programmatic elements will not affect the scores of your application; you will not be penalized if you have the upcoming sabbatical and wish to totally defer. A one-year sabbatical would give you the time to do the work, and you could complete it all in an year. However, if accepted, you will want to build some time with students in a classroom(s) during at least part of the school year. Even if your sabbatical would not be until the fall, you would be encouraged by the project to take the first class, the Methods in STEM Education class, with your cohort.
 
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I don't feel comfortable providing my SSN. Can I apply without my SSN?
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NASA Endeavor is government-funded and the website is secure. The SSN is required upon submitting the application. Each applicant's credentials, upon acceptance, transfers to college admissions for the issuance of graduate credit.
 
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My current principal is new to my school. Can I get a recommendation letter from a former principal who knows me better but now works at a different school?
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Yes
 
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I am a full-time special education teacher. Under what terminology should I apply if I seek additional certifications than my license area and hope to do this through NASA Endeavor? In-service or alternate route?
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A full-time teacher with a license is an "in-service" teacher.
 
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In Florida, I applied for a "Temporary Certificate" in Computer Science K-12 which will be good for three years. Should I submit the application now as a pre-service, or in August as an alternate route educator?
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As you are not in a formal pre-service program, if successful in August with your Temporary Certificate, you could apply as an alternate route educator. However, you would need to have a placement as a full-time "alternate-route" teacher in a school.
 
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I am a full-time substitute teacher, certified Pre-K-12th grade and currently working with Pre-K and Kindergarten. I would like to become certified to teach science. Am I eligible to apply?
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Yes, you are full-time and a teacher.
 
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I am a career changer who left working in a lab to go back to school to become certified to teach. I will be finishing my Masters of Arts in Teaching degree this year and plan to teach full time the following year. Am I eligible?
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Yes. You may apply as a pre-service educator.
 
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I am currently in my last semester of a post-baccalaureate teaching certification program. At the end of this semester, I will be eligible for K-6 teaching certification. I am planning on beginning a master's program in reading education during the Spring semester. Will I still be considered a pre-service teacher at that time, or will I no longer be eligible for the program?
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If the Masters is not an in-service Masters (when you are already teaching), you are eligible. It appears your situation is, in fact, "pre" service.
 
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What happens if the candidate is selected from an impoverished district and does not have the appropriate technological facilites to conduct on-line experiences such as simulations and research?
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Endeavor understands the difficulties imposed in some settings. This constraint is not a factor in determining the merit of an application. Fellows receive $250 to offset classroom expenses. The STEM Certificate can be completed without classroom online access.
 
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I will receive my Master's in May. Am I considered a Pre-Service teacher or an Alternative route educator?
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If you are working toward a Masters in Education—not working in a K-12 school—you are Pre-service. If you are working full-time in a school, earning a Masters and your initial certification in education you are Alternate Route.
 
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I am currently teaching full-time but am in the process of obtaining my certification through an alternate route program. Should I select "In-Service" or "Alternate Route"?
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Alternate Route
 
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I just transferred to a new school and am unsure if my new principal should write my letter of recommendation. Could someone else write my letter instead?
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Endeavor leadership notes that a new relationship with a principal will not hurt one's candidacy for the program.
 
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I am a regular full-time teacher, but I do not yet have my Green card. I have permanent residency and am in the process of becoming a citizen. Am I eligible to apply?
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No. NASA Endeavor Fellow are required to be U.S. Citizens.
 
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I need to know if NASA Endeavor is accredited by my state in order to get my district's approval.
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Each graduate course is regionally-accredited and recognized by every State Department of Education (DOE). State by state, NASA Endeavor courses are being discussed with each of the DOEs, with the hope they will also eventually count toward various state requirements, additional endorsements, etc.
 
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Are credits awarded at the completion of each class or at the end of the program?
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Graduate credit is awarded as each course is successfully completed.
 
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In the case of travel, is NASA Endeavor able to pay travel expenses and for substitute teachers?
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Travel is never required to meet the requirements of the Fellowship. Travel stipends of $250 are granted when funding is available in the event a NASA Fellow is selected to present their work at a state or national meeting. In some instances NASA Endeavor will pay all travel expenses.
 
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I need some detail about the following statement from a course entitled, Action Research in the STEM Classroom. "Prepare to present research at an appropriate education conference and to submit work to research publications." Would this require travel outside my state? What is defined as an "appropriate education conference?" Where would the research go in terms of "research publications?"
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This presentation is not actually a requirement to complete the course. However, a travel stipend may be offered to those submitting abstracts to professional meetings. Conferences could include state science or STEM education conferences, National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) regional or national conferences, International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA), the Association for Science Teaching Education (ASTE), and the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST). Publication may include research journals, NSTA publications, etc.
 
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I am the science content specialist for our district (K-12). I am not in the classroom, but work with teachers on developing curriculum. Am I eligible?
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If you are "technically" a teacher in your school district, yes, you are eligible.
 
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I am currently a pre-service teacher going for certification in middle school science special education and high school biology, do I qualify to apply because I am going for high school biology?
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Any pre-service educators are eligible to apply.
 
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I work as a part-time gifted teacher and part-time science and enrichment consultant for area homeschoolers. Am I eligible?
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Although this may change in the future, sponsored Endeavor Fellowships currently serve formal educators only.
 
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I have great interest in applying for the Endeavor Fellowship although I'm some what apprehensive about providing my birth date and complete social security number on the application. Is there an alternative to providing both forms of identification?
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No. The Project enrolls NASA Fellows into graduate courses. On behalf of NASA Endeavor Fellows, the Project utilizes Date of Birth and Social Security Number exclusively for this purpose, as does any institution of higher education. This information is not released to the Endeavor Selection Committee to determine the new Cohort of Endeavor Fellows. The Endeavor Project website is a secure site.
 
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I applied for a previous Cohort but was unsuccessful in my pursuit of selection for the Endeavor program. When I tried to re-apply, the website gave me a response that my application had already been submitted. Am I automatically in the applicant pool again?
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No. Although much of an applicant's information may be the same, applicants are required to update their application for consideration for a new Cohort.
 
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I would like to apply, however, I am worried about the LIVE Sessions. At the time that some of the sessions may be held, because of the 16 hour time difference, I may be teaching and unable to participate. Would I still be able to participate in your program?
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Yes. Additionally, other times for courses will be considered if accepted candidates come from Guam, American Samoa or other U.S. locations, where time is a factor.
 
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I am a math teacher. Do I qualify for this program?
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Yes. Teachers working in STEM area disciplines are eligible.
 
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I am a full time science faculty member at a community college, certified in Middle and High School Earth sciences. Would I be eligible to apply for the NASA Endeavor Fellowship?
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The eligibility requirements state that a candidate should be: 1) teaching full-time in K-12 education; 2) in a pre-service program (graduate or undergraduate), or 3) in an alternate route certification program.
 
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I have scanned my letter to MS Word and saved it with the extension .doc, but have noticed when I upload it to the application it is uploaded as .doc.rtf. If this is a problem, I could upload a .pdf.
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When saving the Word document, make sure the file extension (or file type) dropdown is .doc or .docx. This is an option in the Save or Save As window where you would add the filename. A pdf will also work.
 
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Should my letters of recommendation be mailed in directly from the sources or given to me and attached by me to my online application?
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Please attach the letter to the online application.
 
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I just completed an Master of Arts in Teaching and am currently searching for a teaching job. Am I eligible to apply for the Endeavor Fellowship? If so, which application do I complete – the preservice one?
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Please see "Who Should Apply" in the About Endeavor section of the website for eligibility.
 
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I am hoping that I can reapply and possibly be accepted at another time. Is there any way to receive feedback on my application that I might improve it next time and make myself a more desirable candidate?
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Unfortunately it is not feasible to provide a consensus statement from the Selection Committee for each application that would also be fair to all applicants.
 
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I am looking into the Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project. What is the cost(s) for the program, classes, and credits?
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There are no fees for winners of the NASA Endeavor Fellowships.
 
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I am a certified teacher, currently homeschooling, providing assessment and science curriculum development for several other home schools, but I do not technically teach "full time" at one location. Does this disqualify me for this program?
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There are future plans to include homeschooling in the Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project but currently the opportunity is for full time in-service classroom teachers, pre-service educators and alternate route candidates.
 
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I would like to know how much time is expected to be spent for each course per week. I want to make sure that I can devote the time required to the program to gain the most out of it.
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Each course is a three (3) credit, 45-hour graduate course, generally taking a semester to complete. The asynchronous work required complements the live sessions.
 
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I have been teaching MS science at a private school for 25 years. My school didn't care, and so I allowed my certification to lapse, am I still eligible For the Endeavor program?
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Yes
 
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Is the project interested in teachers with many years of experience, or is this program aimed at newer teachers?
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The web pages articulate the vision for the project. Both newer and veteran teachers (30+ years) have been accepted.
 
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When will candidates be notified whether or not we were selected for the program?
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Announcements will be made on or about December 9, 2011.
 
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I have my teaching license in Earth and Physical Science but I am not currently employed as a teacher. I was certified through an alternative placement program. It is my goal to find and obtain a teaching job as soon as possible. Am I eligible to apply for the Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project, even though I am not in school, or employed as a teacher?
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Eligibility requires candidates to be teaching or enrolled in a pre-service or alternate route program.
 
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I've been asked to write a letter of recommendation by a worthy teacher. What address should I give in my recipient's line?
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NASA Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project
c/o U.S. Satellite Laboratory
32 Elm Pl
Rye, NY 10580
 
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I am a teacher for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools and teach overseas. Would you please let me know if I am eligible to be part of this program?
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Yes, you are eligible to be a NASA Endeavor Fellow.
 
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Do I need to be enrolled in a Graduate School program to be eligible?
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The eligibility requirements state that a candidate should be: 1) teaching full-time in K-12 education; 2) in a pre-service program (graduate or undergraduate), or 3) in an alternate route certification program.
 
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In Section II of the Personal Statement, what specifically do you mean by "classroom teaching plan?"
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Each educator's classroom experience and way of implementing or facilitating lessons is unique. How the Endeavor project fits with one's way of teaching is of interest.
 
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I have 4 years experience as a licensed middle school science teacher. I am looking for another teaching position. Would this disqualify me from applying?
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As stated in the eligibility requirements, an educator must be in the classroom full-time.
 
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I am presently highly qualified in both math and science in my state. I am teaching a new STEM course this year for our gifted students. Am I still eligible for the Endeavor project?
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Yes
 
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Hello, I am from Iowa. I was wondering what the "regionally accredited college" would be that the graduate credit would be from.
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The credits will be awarded from Adams State College in Colorado.
 
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I have another commitment one day of the week. What days of the week are courses offered?
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Between 5-6 courses per semester are offered at various times. Endeavor Fellows register for the ones that serve their interests and fit best with their schedules.
 
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I am a Middle School Earth Science Teacher as well as an AP Chemistry Instructor at an American school overseas.I am a US Citizen and graduated from an overseas university. I have 6 years experience as a Science Teacher (full time). I do not hold a State certification, although I am in the process of applying for a Florida Certification.

The school I work at is part of the Department of State Office of Overseas Schools and has a partnership with Broward Schools.

Could I be eligible to apply for the Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project?
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Yes
 
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My goal is to receive the STEM certification, experience NASA, and receive credits towards my graduate degree. Who are the accredited partners and what kind of credits can I receive with the courses you currently offer? Are those credits applicable to a graduate degree in Curriculum and Instruction with an emphasis in Science?
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Most of the graduate credits come from regionally-accredited Adams State College. In rare cases it is possible the credit can come from an in-state school. The credits are science education credits. Some colleges accept the courses toward graduate degrees. This is handled on a case by case basis. The 5 courses can be put toward a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of West Florida. Other opportunities that are developing will be announced over the next 6 months. To be clear, there is no STEM certification; this is simply a certificate of completion of 15 credits of coursework.
 
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If I was selected for this program, it appears that you want the educator to take a sabbatical from teaching. Would salary be covered by this fellowship during this time?
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Sabbaticals may be appropriate but not at all required. The NASA Fellowship does not fund sabbaticals; this would need to be funded by your school district.
 
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I am highly qualified to teach secondary science and only 10 credits away from being highly qualified to teach math. I do need course credits to renew my teaching certificate. In addition to the classes offered, could I take the required classes to become highly qualified in math?
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Possibly. The Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project focuses on the applications of science concepts utilizing technology. Although there are several Math and Engineering offerings and related pedagogical activities, science is the primary discipline at this time.
 
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Could you explain these 2 requirements in more detail, thank you.
  • A statement of commitment to the Project and its objectives should you be accepted
  • A statement of applicability of the Fellowship to your classroom teaching plan
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You will want to make a clear statement on your behalf that relates to both your commitment to the Project should you be accepted and the applicability of the Fellowship and the work that you will do as it relates to your classroom teaching plan (and practice).
 
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I just graduated in May with my BS in geology and certification in Elementary Education and Earth Science. I am employed with a school division to teach Earth Science, but my first year has not yet begun. My principal may not have enough experience with me yet to write the letter. Could I substitute a letter from a professor under whom I've taken an education course or someone similar in place of my principal's letter?
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Yes
 
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Does an educator (in-service, pre-service or alternative route) from a more affluent school district have an equal chance at getting chosen as one from an underserved district?
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Each candidate is evaluated individually. In many cases, candidates from districts that do not primarily serve underrepresented student populations were accepted into previous Cohorts. The same criteria is being used. The project encourages all to apply, recognizing the application process is extensive. The project does have its objectives; there is a very, very slight advantage to candidates in schools from an underserved district.
 
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Do alternate-route educators have a better chance at getting chosen then those who are teaching full-time?
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No.
 
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Is there a stipend with the NASA Fellowship?
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The NASA Endeavor Certificate Project includes all courses, fees and graduate credit. In addition, a $250 stipend is provided to pay for additional resources.
 
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What if I need more than 5 courses to be deemed highly qualified in my state?
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In cases where a state requires more than 15 graduate credits to achieve highly qualified or another alternative status, the Fellowship will include additional costs associated with an additional course or courses that may be necessary.
 
Q
I participated in another NASA-sponsored initiative and received graduate credit. Will I be able to apply this toward the requirements of the Certificate in STEM?
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If you have successfully completed a course(s) in affiliation with the ESSEA (Earth System Science Education Alliance) program, one course will potentially apply toward the award of the STEM Certificate. Additionally, if you are a certified teacher of NASA-sponsored Project 3D-VIEW; NASA and NOAA-sponsored Signals of Spring -ACES; or NSF-sponsored SPRINTT, and you earned graduate credit for program implementation, you will be eligible to apply the course toward the completion of the NASA Fellowship requirements.
 
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May I submit more than two letters of recommendation?
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No.
 
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By day I am a software engineer, but on nights and weekends, I teach robotics to both kids and adults to get more kids interested in robotics, programming, engineering. Am I eligible to apply?
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The Fellowship is designed for full-time formal educators including pre-service and alternative-route and does not currently serve informal educators.
 
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Should I complete the program, what degree will be conferred? Will finishing the program qualify me to receive a teaching certificate in all states?
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The NASA Endeavor Fellowship is not currently offered as a degree program. Fellows earn graduate credit from the Project's accredited partners. They also earn a certificate of completion for five or more courses depending on state requirements toward highly qualified status. The project is working with individual State Departments of Education with the intention that the Certificate may be applied toward state endorsements. Information on the progress will be forthcoming, although at this time completing the program does not imply that a teaching certificate will be granted.
 
Q
I am in the field of education but not a classroom teacher and not eligible to apply to take the Endeavor Certificate courses. Would it be possible to audit them?
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The ESTCP is currently not planning to extend its services to non-educators or educators not working in the classroom. Due to space limitations in the courses, auditing will not be permitted.
 
Q
I do not teach Science, just Mathematics. Can I participate in this project?
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Endeavor Fellows will integrate NASA information and education assets into their formal curriculum. Since the application of the science content encompasses STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education, an educator of mathematics may present an application for acceptance.
 
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My title is Elementary Science District Resource Teacher. I work with the teachers and students doing model lessons and professional development. I mentor teachers and work with students daily in my job, but I am not assigned a specific school or class. My job is to support teachers and help them make sure that all students are getting the best science education possible. Am I eligible to apply for the NASA Endeavor Fellowship Program?
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Yes.
 
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I am currently teaching part-time science enrichment to grades K-3. I am also getting my M.Ed. in Educational Leadership with emphasis in Space Studies. I would like to apply acceptance in the program but need to know if you accept part-time educators. My ultimate goal is to return to full-time and teach science teachers at a local college or be a district level mentor.
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Part-time educators, in general, are not eligible. Part-time educators in pre-service programs who will soon be teaching in a classroom full-time are eligible. Additionally, alternative-route, career-changing individuals preparing to teach in the classroom are encouraged to apply.
 
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I have taught for 19 years and am currently teaching in our high school science and computer science departments. I am also adjunct faculty for a local university where I teach the science methods for the credential program. I already have a master's degree in education and have already taken educational research courses at the graduate level. Could I still be considered?
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Yes.
 
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I am a US citizen. I am licensed in NY State and have taught there for 6 years. Currently I am teaching American kids in New Delhi, India. Am I eligible?
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Yes.
 
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I am already considered highly qualified in science by NCLB and the State of Kansas. Do I still have a good chance of being accepted, or are you looking more at those educators who might need to gain highly qualified status in their states.
A
Some applicants may seek additional endorsements from their state even if they are already considered highly qualified. Each state's requirements differ, but the Endeavor Project staff with NASA's Office of Education will be working with Departments of Education toward having Endeavor courses applied to endorsements.
 
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I teach Computer Education full-time to grades K through 8. Can I apply for a Fellowship?
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Yes. Educators involved with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education are eligible as they seek to enhance their careers by learning how to incorporate NASA content in instruction.
 
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I do not have a strong science background. I am licensed to teach Elementary Education and Secondary English. I am currently teaching Secondary English, but recently taught in a contained elementary classroom the last 2 years. Am I a good candidate to apply?
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Educators seeking to become highly qualified to teach science, and also to teach science, are encouraged to apply.
 
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Is it possible to send the application to apply by mail?
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All submissions to the program must be submitted online.
 
Q
Would you explain more about the live sessions? Are they by satellite, on a campus, internet feed, etc...?
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The live sessions all take place online. All one needs is a simple web browser (i.e. Microsoft Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox). The audio comes from the telephone; you will dial into a toll-free number. There is a non-live, or asynchronous component to the courses as well.
 
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Regarding Endeavor Letters of Recommendation, will you please clarify what is meant by "top 10% of teachers in your school district"?
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The Letter of Recommendation should address the applicant's talents.
 
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I am already state certified in Physics and Mathematics. I think this means that I am "highly qualified." What is the advantage to me doing this program?
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The Project lends itself to earning graduate credit, as well as perhaps additional endorsements in areas other than those in which you are already deemed highly qualified.
 
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Could you provide a list of the accredited collegiate partners that will be offering the graduate credits for the NASA courses?
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Currently partners include regionally-accredited Adams State College in Colorado. There will be others as conversations with State Departments of Education ensue.
 
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Are the NASA courses designated to fit within a specific science discipline (i.e. Phys 5xx or Biol 5xx, etc...)? Or, are the courses customized in such a fashion as to fit in many different boxes depending on the needs of the educator? Some K-12 educators looking to apply courses to the collegiate level need course identifiers for credentialing purposes.
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This type of discussion is currently taking place with various State Departments of Education. The courses that include NASA content blend content with pedagogy. Customization to the courses is essential to meet various needs of Endeavor Fellows.
 
Q
I have a question about timing of the NASA Endeavor courses to mesh with my commitments to both coaching and other obligations. Can you shed light on this issue?
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Course live sessions (4-6 per course) are planned to run at 4:00pm and 9:00pm during the school year, and during the summers at times that include 10:00am, 4:00pm, 7:00pm, and/or 9:00pm. These are all Eastern Time.
 
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Once accepted, Can you take more than 5 classes in 18 months?
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At this time, there are two ways Fellows will be encouraged to take additional courses. If a state requires more credit to earn another endorsement or be deemed highly-qualified, or, the credit for the courses can be put directly toward certification, the Fellows may take additional courses. Otherwise, programmatically, the program resources will be put toward allowing more educators into the program.
 
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The principal at my school would like to know to whom she needs to write the letter of recommendation.
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The letter may be written to the Selection Committee of the NASA Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project.
 
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If you are a contracted employee working for any NASA Education Centers, but still a full time certified teacher in the classroom, are you eligible or does your affiliation with NASA Education make you ineligible?
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A NASA affiliation does not make a candidate ineligible.
 
Q
In a NASA release, workshops and on-site graduate courses are mentioned. Where would these take place and when?
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All courses for Endeavor Fellows are online. This initiative will begin in the future and specifically address a pre-service community of STEM educators.
 
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Applications are due October 31st. What time?
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Applications are due at 11:59:59pm on October 31st.




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