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 that includes 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. NMSI said it expects to expand UTeach-style programs to more than 50 universities within the next five years.