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Lab2Class Overview

American University’s School of Education, Teaching and Health (SETH) and the Departments of Mathematics & Statistics and Environment Science in partnership with The Carnegie Institution of Washington's Carnegie Academy of Science Education (CASE) have launched From the Laboratory to the Classroom (Lab2Class) in Washington, DC.

The goal of Lab2Class is to ensure excellence in science and mathematics teaching in DC public and public charter middle and high schools by recruiting, training, and retaining talented science and mathematics teachers who commit to teaching in DC schools for a four-year period.

The 2013 and 2014 cohorts are generously funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation's Teaching Fellowships track of the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program and the Toyota USA Foundation.

Lab2Class recruits fellows who demonstrate both science or mathematical talent and a strong commitment to the teaching profession and service in DC. Fellows participate in SETH's Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree program in Secondary Education: Science or Mathematics. After completion of the MAT program, fellows teach math or science in DC schools for at least four years.

How the Fellowship Works 

Year 1: Prepare to become a secondary school science or math teacher

  • 14-month Masters level teacher preparation program with tuition and fees paid by Lab2Class - MAT Program of Study
  • Extensive student teaching experience
  • $23,520 living stipend
  • Pre-service professional development

Years 2 – 5: Teach in a Washington DC high need public or public charter school

  • Receive a regular teacher’s salary and salary stipends of $10,000 per year
  • Mentoring, coaching, and other support services
  • Participate in professional development activities

Broader Project Goals

The overarching goal of Lab2lass is to increase the quality of math and science teachers in Washington, DC who will have the skills to take on leadership roles and engage in a more systemic change to improve STEM education in the District and beyond.American University, the Carnegie Institution of Washington and its partners will strive for this project to serve as model of teacher development in STEM education and, as DC schoolteachers and students represent an ethnically, culturally, and socially diverse community that is typically underrepresented in the sciences, to increase the pipeline of minority students into the STEM fields.

Through the Lab2Class program, the partners will effectively prepare math and science teachers who have deep content understanding. The Lab2Class program is unique for its pedagogical innovations in teaching to traditionally under-prepared urban students. The coursework focuses on providing Fellows with a comprehensive understanding of how to teach their content at the middle and high school school level for deep student understanding and high student achievement. Through ongoing mentoring and professional development, the program will challenge and empower Fellows to think differently about how they teach in the STEM fields focusing on inquiry and by using assessments as a tool for instructional decision-making.

Contact Us

For questions about the science or math program, please contact:

Julie Sara Boyd
Director of the Office of Teacher Education
email. jboyd@american.edu
tel.202-885-3727

To Apply


For Science Teachers

Deadline to apply for summer enrollment is March 15, 2014. Interviews for successful applicants will be set on March 30, 2014 . Please apply using the College of Arts and Sciences online application. The following are required:

  • Letter of Intent (which is included in the online application) describing applicant's interest and commitment to becoming a teacher; experience, if any, with K-12 students; experience working collaboratively and in teams; passion for science;
    and communication skills. (Please indicate that you are applying to the Lab2Class program in your letter of intent.)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Please send official ETS-delivered GRE scores electronically using GRE school code: 8439 (no department code). If an applicant has a graduate degree, he/she may not need to submit GRE scores. Instead those applicants must submit DC passing scores on the Praxis I (reading, writing and math) exams. Use AU code 5007.
  • For questions about the online application, please contact casgrad@american.edu

For Math Teachers

Please find application information at the Math for America website.

Please note that Fellowship recipients must be U.S. citizens or nationals, or permanent resident aliens.

2014 Program Timeline

March 15, 2014 – Application deadline for Science Fellows and application deadline for Math Fellows
March 30, 2014 – Interviews for selected applicants
April 2014 – Final decisions made and acceptances extended to the 2014 Lab2Class Fellows
June 2014 to August 2015 – Content and pedagogical coursework and field-based preparation. Lab2Class student teach 5 hours a day in a DC School 4 days a week during the academic year.
January 2015 – Initial job seeking begins for science position in a DC public or public charter school
August 2015 – Graduation from American University (complete coursework, student teaching, praxis exams and professional teaching portfolio. Start of teaching jobs in a DC school.
September 2015 – August 2019 – Ongoing mentoring from Lab2Class Faculty, regular professional development seminars with Lab2Class Faculty, networking and social gatherings with Lab2Class Fellows

This program is partially supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. DUE-1240041 and the Toyota USA Foundation. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation (NSF) or Toyota.