During a special event at the Perot Museum of Nature and Science in Dallas, 12 Universities received distinguished honors and $1 million in grants from NMSI for meeting required implementation guidelines of the UTeach math and science teaching program. Most notable among these was The University of North Texas, University of Texas at Arlington, and The University of Texas at Dallas, who were early to implement the program.
The 12 Universities that were given the $1 million dollars had both met benchmark standards for curriculum, as well as raised their own $1 million to go towards UTeach.
The 12 recipient schools were: Florida State University, Louisiana State University, Northern Arizona University, Temple University, University of California-Irvine, University of California-Berkeley, University of Florida, University of Colorado at Boulder, University of Houston, University of North Texas (UNT), University of Texas at Dallas (UT Dallas), and Western Kentucky University.
The History of UTeach
The UTeach program was first devised by The University of Texas at Austin in 1997. The goal? To incentivize students become math and science teachers.
The operation of the program is simple: The money earmarked for the UTeach program is used to help students that work in the math or science fields to earn their teaching credentials without adding any additional time or cost while they earn their degrees.
Thus far the UTeach program has been a resounding success. 88 percent of those students that enrolled in the original UTeach at the University of Texas at Austin became teachers. Five years later, 80 percent were still in the classroom with many teaching at high-needs schools.
In 2008, UTeach joined with the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) to expand. Currently it is being implemented in 34 Universities.
“These grants will ensure that these universities can continue producing the math and science teachers of tomorrow. Our country needs well-prepared teachers who can spark the imagination of our students and equip them for the challenges of tomorrow,” said CEO of NMSI Sara Martinez Tucker. “No program is more effective at that preparation than UTeach.”