UTeach Continues to Expand: Five Universities Selected and New Competition Announced

February 4, 2014

New universities begin to implement the UTeach program

UTeach is expanding to five new universities beginning in spring 2014 and five in fall 2015, thanks to the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) and a $22.5 million grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.

“The severe shortage of qualified math and science teachers in the United States is undoubtedly contributing to our nation’s growing STEM education crisis,” said NMSI CEO Sara Martinez Tucker. “By increasing access to the proven UTeach model, we’re helping create a STEM pipeline of highly-skilled teachers.”

The five universities launching a UTeach program this spring are Drexel University, Florida International University, Oklahoma State University, University of Alabama at Birmingham, and University of Maryland, College Park. Each university will receive $1.45 million to support implementation costs of the program over the five-year grant period.

“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. Indeed, science and mathematics students at U.S. universities are the only plausible source for the numbers of new science and mathematics teachers the U.S. so greatly needs,” said Dr. Michael Marder, executive director of the UTeach Science Program at the University of Texas at Austin.

The universities were selected to participate in the UTeach program through a competitive RFP process. Five additional research universities will be awarded UTeach grants in the coming year. Learn more about eligibility requirements and apply now.

UTeach has been implemented at 35 universities across the country. With the expansion of UTeach to five universities this year and five more next year, the program is expected to produce more than 9,000 math and science teachers in the United States who will have impacted 4.8 million secondary STEM students nationwide by 2020 (pdf 6.4mb).

“We must take steps toward change to replenish this country’s star teachers, teachers who can move students to explore and love math and science,” said HHMI President Robert Tjian. “That’s why HHMI is taking this critical step to help expand UTeach, one of the nation’s best training programs aimed at preparing science and math majors to become teachers.”

 


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