UTeach STEM Teacher Prep Program Expands with $22.5 Million Grant

The National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) has expanded UTeach, a program that teaches STEM students to teach. The $22.5 Howard Hughes Medical Institute grant will help program and its focus on research-based strategies for teaching and learning math and science, intensive field teaching experience and personal guidance from master teachers and faculty. The UTeach program is intended to increase the number and quality of STEM teachers in the United States.

The five universities selected to implement the UTeach program beginning in the fall of 2014 are Drexel University, Florida International University, Oklahoma State University, University of Alabama at Birmingham and University of Maryland, College Park. In addition to the five more expected to be inducted next fall, UTeach will have a total of 45 universities implementing its program.

“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 Sara Martinez Tucker, CEO of NMSI, in a prepared statement. “By increasing access to the proven UTeach model, we’re helping create a STEM pipeline of highly skilled teachers.”

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Yvonne Chan

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