Project IMPACT

Project IMPACT

Project IMPACT

The mission of Project IMPACT (Increasing Male Practitioners and Classroom Teachers) is to increase the representation of males from racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds in teaching and respond to persistent opportunity gaps faced by young men from diverse backgrounds. Many of the student participants will come from underserved environments and will want to utilize education to contribute to the socio-economic and educational transformation of these communities. IMPACT focuses on incoming freshmen at Rowan University and provides resources and support as they persist through their college careers. IMPACT participants are high-achieving students who have demonstrated a commitment to academic excellence and community engagement.

Power through Academic Knowledge

IMPACT participants will complete an urban education-focused teacher preparation program in one of the following areas: early childhood, elementary, Master's of Teaching in English or Social Studies, or Master's in STEM Education. In addition, participants will engage in relevant and meaningful experiences that address personal/social, career, and academic development. Participants will receive a strong foundation of educational knowledge, skills, and dispositions that will inform their practice as future transformational leaders in the educational setting.

Empowerment through Experiential Learning

Co-curricular experiences such as workshops/guest speakers, practicums, internships and various on and off-campus activities, will allow students to develop career goals, create action plans and empower them to navigate life on campus and University resources that lead to academic and social success throughout their college years.

Support through Financial Assistance

In addition to programmatic support, IMPACT provides financial assistance to participating students with an award of $4,000.00 for 4 years towards tuition costs and housing as long as they maintain the program's minimum requirements as outlined in the IMPACT Student Agreement. IMPACT aims to facilitate the students' successful completion from Rowan University's College of Education, with reduced cost, who are well-equipped to positively impact the lives of P-12 learners.

Success through Professional Development

  • Academic success through advising, group meetings, workshops, and access to on-campus support services.
  • Career development and enhancement by acquiring valuable connections through ongoing mentoring opportunities with current male teachers and educational leaders
  • Community engagement through volunteer and on-campus activities.
  • Peer relationships built through our IMPACT Program and other university events.


Eligible students will receive an email in May inviting them to apply to the program. Eligible students will also have a registration link displayed on their status page to apply.

Requirements for eligible first-year students

  • ​​Online application includes the essay prompt: Address your motivation for entering the field of education and the contributions you hope to make to the profession and to the community as an educator
  • Additionally, the following materials will be evaluated from your application to the university: official transcript from your high school, official copy of Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or American College Testing (ACT) scores (if applicable), recommendation letter(s)

Requirements for eligible transfer students

  • ​​Online application includes the essay prompt: Address your motivation for entering the field of education and the contributions you hope to make to the profession and to the community as an educator
  • Two recommendation letters: one from a teacher, guidance counselor, school administrator, or dean of your college and one from a person of your choice who can address your involvement in the community and/or potential for entering the field of education
  • Additionally, the following materials will be evaluated from your application to the university: official transcript from your most recent college/university

Click here to view the IMPACT brochure. 

2016-17 Increasing Male Practitioners & Class Induction Ceremony Video

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