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STEM STARS Institute

The Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Scholars Teacher Academy Resident System (STEM STARS) Institute recruits traditional and non-traditional students with a solid background in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. If you are willing to commit to teaching in high-needs school and meet the following criteria, then STEM STARS is for you:


  • Graduating college seniors (Traditional students)
  • College graduates (Traditional students)
  • Individuals interested in making a career change to enter the teaching profession (Non-traditional students)



  • A Master of Art in Teaching (MAT) degree from Jackson State University
  • A middle or secondary certification in Science or Mathematics
  • Placement in a high-needs elementary or secondary school
  • Access to the Cyber Mentoring Network
  • Learn to teach by observing and teaching in actual classrooms
  • Gradually take on teaching and classroom responsibilities over time
  • Receive ongoing professional support during and after the program
  • Make graduate studies more affordable
  • Get a head start on your professional credentials to become Board Certified


Admission Protocol:


Immunization Requirements (URGENT)

    • All students admitted to Jackson State University are required to submit proof of having received two immunization shots for measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) in order to complete registration for classes.
    • If an applicant has already been admitted and plans to attend the University as a first time student (undergraduate, graduate or transfer), he/she must submit a copy of the required immunization record to the University Health Center prior to registration for courses.
    • Students who have been admitted but do not submit the required immunization verification will be unable to complete registration for classes in the school’s computer enrollment system. Please see further immunization information at the link provided above.


  • Complete MAT and STEM STARS application
  • Interview and Writing Prompt
  • View MDE Code of Ethics and Conduct Brochure or Website
  • Enroll in pre-teaching courses (Classroom Management & Principles of Measurements)
  • Apply for the 3-Year Alternate Route License upon completion of the pre-teaching courses
  • Secure a teaching position in a STEM subject area, then complete two semesters of internship
  • Upgrade the 3-Year Alternate Route License to a standard 5-Year teaching license (Class A)
  • Complete the of remaining MAT courses to upgrade license to a Class AA.


MAT Degree Curriculum

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Dr. Dennis D. Williams

Coordinator of MAT/Co-Director of STEM STAR Institute

Jackson State University

College of Education and Human Development

Joseph H. Jackson College of Education Building, Room 309

(601) 979-2439

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