Teach Students to Help them Achieve their Potential

There is an urgent need for STEM teachers throughout Georgia and our nation. Dalton State juniors and seniors (as of Fall 2022) working toward bachelor’s degrees in a STEM discipline have an exceptional opportunity to apply for a Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship, become a Noyce Scholar and teach in high need local schools including Dalton Public Schools (DPS) and Whitfield County Schools (WCS).

As a Noyce Scholar you will inspire your students to study and pursue a career in STEM. And, you’ll contribute to the National Science Foundation’s discovery, study and promotion of pathways for STEM teacher education through research and development.

“As a STEM teacher, it is so rewarding when my students develop the confidence to acquire new information for themselves. Those ‘light bulb’ moments, when they realize science is something they CAN do, give me such joy!”

Amber Dean
BS Chemistry with Secondary Certification ’16
Chemistry and Physical Science Teacher
Dalton Public Schools

Contact us for additional information and an application.

Randall Griffus

Professor of Mathematics; Dean, School of Arts & Sciences

Scholarships/Stipends During Program

  • Scholarships for tuition, fees, room and board for last two years of degree – up to $31,000 over two years
  • Stipends for two-week externship in an industry related to your major (chemistrymathbiology
  • Stipends for community service work in STEM related activities (such as First Robotics; Design, Engineering and Manufacturing Camp; Power Lunches; STEM Nights; City of Refuge STEM camp)

Requirement of Scholarship Recipients

Noyce Scholars are required to teach in a high needs school system for two years for every year they have received a Noyce Scholarship. Scholars who do not meet this requirement must pay back their scholarship.

Support During Program

  • Placed with carefully selected host teachers in DPS and WCS middle and high schools (host teachers receive additional training)
  • Mentored by experienced STEM teacher throughout program
  • Complete 3 ESOL classes for improving ability to teach English learners
  • Participate in professional development through community and industry experiences
  • Participate in learning community with other Noyce Scholars
  • Coached by specially trained site supervisors who conduct face-to-face observations of Noyce Scholars in classrooms 
  • Receive technology training targeted to STEM education 
  • Receive comprehensive support from DPS/WCS school administrators and teachers for Noyce Scholars (and all new teachers) including new teacher induction and ongoing training

Stipends After Program Graduation

  • Stipends for community service work in STEM related activities during first year of teaching
  • Opportunity to mentor (with stipend) next generation of Noyce Scholars

Support After Program Graduation

  • Continued mentoring by experienced STEM teacher for first year of teaching
  • Continued participation in Noyce Scholar learning community


2020 starting salary for first year teachers in GA –$35,217.00 (some school districts add local supplement)

Typical Employee Benefits for Teachers in Georgia

  • Medical, dental and vision coverage
  • Membership in Teachers Retirement System of Georgia or Public School Employees Retirement System of Georgia pension plans (guaranteed monthly benefit based on a member’s final average salary and service)
  • Sick/Personal leave
  • Tax deferred retirement plans available


Activity Due
Applying, Testing
Apply to be Noyce Scholar. TBD
Receive notification of Noyce Scholar Award. TBD
Register for EDUC 2110, 2120 and 2130. TBD
Take EDUC 2110, 2120 and 2130. TBD
Apply to Dalton State School of Education. TBD
Take GACE exam. (Exemption available for students with certain SAT/ACT scores.) TBD
Pass or be exempt from GACE exam.
Be accepted into Dalton State School of Education.
Learning to Teach
Enroll in two education courses (EDUC 3272 and EDUC 3902). TBD
Take 4 education courses, 2 ESOL courses
Complete field placement in middle school and high school during academic year.
Take 3 education courses, 1 ESOL course and 8 credit hours of student teaching during academic year.
Complete year-long placement in middle or high school in Dalton Public Schools or Whitfield County Schools.
Testing, Graduating, Applying
Take Content GACE.
Graduate with BS degree from Dalton State.
Apply for certification.
Teach in high needs school. TBD

To apply for the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program, contact:

Sharon Hixon

Dean, School of Education, Professor of Education

Randall Griffus

Professor of Mathematics; Dean, School of Arts & Sciences

Noyce Scholarships, stipends and programming made possible through a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF).