The American Museum of Natural History, the first U.S. science museum with its own doctoral program, has announced plans to offer master’s degrees to train earth science instructors, The New York Times reported.
The New York City-based museum aims to graduate a class of 50 students in two years to help fill a shortage of teachers in American middle and high schools. Tuition for the program will be paid by the New York State Board of Regents using federal funding through the Race to the Top program.
In addition, students accepted into the program will receive a $30,000 stipend and health benefits. In exchange, accepted students must commit to teaching for four years at a New York public school.