NMSI To Grant $25 Million for STEM Teacher Prep

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The non-profit National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) will award $25 million to 12 universities in the United States in an effort to boost the number of teachers with "enhanced math and science teaching skills." The grants will be awarded to universities whose teacher preparation programs are modeled after the UTeach program at the University of Texas at Austin--a program that has doubled the number of math and science majors being certified at the university.

Four recipients for the awards were selected last week: Florida State University, University of Florida, University of Colorado at Boulder, and Western Kentucky University. Through the grant program, eight additional universities will receive funding for such programs, with awards of up to $2.4 million each. Further recipients will be announced over the coming weeks.

"The UTeach program invests in the teachers of those who will become future leaders in key technology industries critical to the development and competitiveness of the United States," said Tom Luce, CEO of NMSI. "As society demands more and more technological advancements, investments in those who teach in math, science, and technology become critical for continuous success and long-term growth."

NMSI said it expects to expand UTeach-style programs to more than 50 universities within the next five years. Further information about the programs can be found at the links below.

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David Nagel is the executive producer for 1105 Media's online K-12 and higher education publications and electronic newsletters. He can be reached at dnagel@1105media.com. He can now be followed on Twitter at http://twitter.com/THEJournalDave (K-12) or http://twitter.com/CampusTechDave (higher education). You can also connect with him on LinkedIn at http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=10390192.

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