Howard Hughes Medical Institute to Fund National Expansion of UTeach

March 18, 2013

The National Math and Science Initiative, in partnership with the UTeach Institute, announces the release of a national Request for Proposal to expand the UTeach secondary STEM teacher preparation program to 10 research universities.

Austin, TX –  The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) announced that a $22.5 million, five-year grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI), one of America’s premier medical research organizations, will support the expansion of The University of Texas at Austin’s highly-successful UTeach program. The grant will provide $20M for expansion into 10 leading research universities and $1.25M for the UTeach Institute to further develop curricula and assessment resources. HHMI committed an additional $1.25M to offer course-based authentic research experiences to UTeach students through the HHMI Science Education Alliance. With the HHMI grant, the 10 universities are expected to produce more than 1,700 math and science teachers over the next decade, growing the number of UTeach graduates nationally to more than 14,000 math and science teachers by 2022.

Michael Marder, University of Texas Professor of Physics and UTeach Co-Director, remarked, “These universities are home to the world’s top scientific minds and education researchers, and they have a significant role to play in preparing future STEM teachers. The pool of students pursuing math and science degrees at top U.S. research universities represents one of the very best sources for recruiting and preparing great math and science teachers.”

Kimberly Hughes, Director of the UTeach Institute, added, “We look forward to the contribution these universities will make to the growing UTeach network of universities building capacity to significantly impact the national shortage of STEM teachers.”

UTeach enables students majoring in math, science, or computer science to receive both a degree in their major and full teaching certification in four years with no extra time or cost.  Currently, more than 6,200 students are enrolled in 34 UTeach programs nationally and more than 1,100 graduates have been produced. The University of Texas at Austin UTeach program, which began in 1997, currently enrolls more than 600 students and has produced 772 graduates, 90 percent of whom enter the teaching field. UTeach’s record of success — 80 percent of teachers are still teaching after five years — has brought the program national recognition as an effective solution to the disturbing shortage of qualified math and science teachers in the United States. The HHMI grant has the potential to significantly increase UTeach enrollment during the life of the five-year grant.

The UTeach Institute was established at The University of Texas Austin to support replication of the UTeach teacher preparation program at universities across the country and to lead efforts toward continuous improvement of the UTeach program model. The singular goal of this effort is to increase the number of highly qualified science, mathematics, and computer science teachers nationwide.

The Institute’s work is supported through a variety of strategic partnerships and initiatives at national, state, and local levels. The Institute partners with the National Math and Science Initiative and the states of Texas, Tennessee, Georgia, Massachusetts, Florida, Maryland, and Arkansas to replicate UTeach at universities across the country. A complete list of strategic partners is available at http://uteach-institute.org/about/detail/partners. For more information on the UTeach Institute, please visit http://www.uteach-institute.org.

For more information, contact Kim Hughes at khughes@austin.utexas.edu.


Request for Proposals (RFP)

Learn more about the new grant opportunity sponsored by NMSI and HHMI on our RFP page.


2013 UTeach Conference

The 7th Annual UTeach Conference will be held May 21-23, 2013 in Austin, Texas. The UTeach Conference provides valuable opportunities to learn about UTeach and how to implement this nationally recognized program.

A dedicated RFP session is scheduled. See the UTeach Conference page for more information and to register.