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Summer Pre-Engineering Teacher Academy

“Recruiting Today’s Students to be Tomorrow’s Pre-Engineering Teachers”

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The College of New Jersey’s Summer Pre-Engineering Teacher Academy is offered to high school rising seniors interested in teaching science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) principles in an exciting, relevant, and real-world engineering design environment. This program is designed to attract students to the field of pre-engineering education through exposure to curriculum and practicum experiences that focus on teaching.

A national shortage of technology/pre-engineering teachers exists in New Jersey and nationally. The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and other professional engineering societies have identified as a national imperative the need for students to gain technological literacy, strengthen their interest and skills in STEM principles, and in increasing numbers enter engineering and other design fields. Studies have shown that if students, especially female students, are not provided design and engineering experiences in school, they are very unlikely to consider a technological field of study.

TCNJ’S Pre-Engineering Teacher Academy aims to capture the interests of high school students as an effective recruitment strategy toward resolving this shortfall.


The Pre-Engineering Teacher Academy serves as an excellent long-term recruitment strategy to increase the pool of candidates interested in becoming pre-engineering teachers. Benefits of the Academy include:

• Introduction to pre-engineering teaching and the profession.
• Opportunities to meet with distinguished TCNJ faculty, educational leaders, and teachers to discuss issues pertinent to pre-engineering education.
• Participation in creative hands-on pre-engineering activities.
• Experience making a difference in a student’s life.
• Joining other students in an fun and creative atmosphere learning team building exercises, principles of Science, Technology Engineering, and Math.

While on the TCNJ campus, high school students will experience learning as individuals and as productive citizens as they explore new concepts and ideas. Students will experience the profession as they are guided through issues pertinent to pre-engineering education. Students will experience the classroom as they become acquainted with teachers and teaching on a personal and professional level. Working in small groups, students will plan and teach a pre-engineering lesson to groups of middle school students. Each participant will be required to complete all assignments, keep a portfolio, and write a summary report about his/her experiences in the Pre-Engineering Teacher Academy.


Registration will be limited to twenty rising high school seniors. For those students traveling from outside a thirty-mile radius of The College of New Jersey, room and board will be provided by the Martinson Foundation and NJ TSA. Students are required to attend every daily session. Letters of invitation will be sent directly to participants.


No tuition is charged for the Pre-Engineering Teacher Academy. TCNJ will cover expenses for books, materials, meals, snacks, and all other related program costs, not to include transportation expenses to and from The College of New Jersey. Particpants will incur no costs to attend this event, other than those required for personal transportation needs. All
academic costs are covered under the Teacher Quality Enhancement Recruitment Grant. All room and board expenses will be covered by the Technology Student Association, through funding by the Martinson Foundation.


Any student who is taking a college prepatory program with a strong interest in STEM principles, who has completed his/her junior year, and is currently maintianing a GPA of 3.0. Students enrolled in TSA or a PLTW program or NJ High-Tech program or who attends one of our partner schools are strongly encouraged to apply, but it is not a requirment. Applicants must have a desire to learn and grow as a person and in the field of pre-engineering teaching.

Selection Criteria
Students who are selected for this program must meet the following criteria:
1. Applicants must currently be a rising high school senior
2. Enrolled in a college prepatory program
2. GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale
3. Recommended by a STEM teacher
4. Prepare an essay
5. Complete an interview (if requested)


• Fill out the application in the back of our Academy Brochure
• Attach an essay (200-250 words typed) explaining why you are interested in pursuing a career as a Pre-Engineering teacher.
• Attach a letter of recommendation from a STEM teacher.
• Attach a transcript of your high school grades including the first two marking periods of your junior year.
• Attach a list of extracurricular school and community activities including offices held, leadership positions, and the amount of time devoted each week. Include paid work experience as well as volunteer positions.

Mail all completed applications to:
Allison Goeke
Pre-Engineering Teacher Academy
The College of New Jersey
103 Armstrong Hall
PO Box 7718
Ewing, NJ 08629-0718


For any additional information or questions please contact:

Dr. Steve O’Brien, Chairperson
Department of Technological Studies


The College of New Jersey, primarily an undergraduate institution, provides academically repared students with a challenging education and a rewarding residential experience, mall classes and a prestigious faculty. TCNJ jas been recognized for excellence in U.S. News and World Report, The Fiske Guide to Colleges, Barron’s Profiles of American Colleges, and Peterson’s Competitive Colleges.

The academic program is sponsored by TCNJ as part of the New Jersey Teacher Quality Enhancement Recruitment Grant in cooperation with the New Jersey Department of Education and the US Department of Education.

Students who are accepted into the Summer Pre-Engineering Teacher Academy have the option to apply for the Martinson TSA Pre-Engineering Residence Program. The residential program is separate from the academic program and is not part of the Teach Quality Enhancement Recruitment Grant.