National grant funding awarded for unique Mines-UNC teacher prep program

GOLDEN, Colo., Aug. 4, 2014 -- Nearly $300,000 from the National Science Foundation will provide grant funding to build the framework for an innovative teacher preparation partnership between the Colorado School of Mines and the University of Northern Colorado.

The new program will focus on increasing the number of highly qualified science, technology, engineering, and math teachers in response to a U.S. presidential goal to prepare 100,000 new STEM teachers over the next decade. The Mines-UNC initiative draws on the strengths of the two research institutions in providing Mines students with a path to becoming a science or math teacher. 

Collaboration is underway to develop the courses for Mines students to earn a degree in an existing STEM area and apply for teacher licensure through the state. 

Once in place, the program will serve as a national model that other engineering and teacher institutions can adopt.

Learn more about the partnership.


About the Award

National Science Foundation

Project: “Collaborative Research: An Engineering University Partnering with a Teacher Preparation University to Produce Highly Qualified Secondary STEM Teachers”

Funding Amount: $299,720

Start date: Aug. 1, 2014

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For more information:

Gus Greivel, Teaching Professor, Mines Applied Mathematics and Statistics

Rob Reinsvold, Associate Professor, UNC School of Biological Sciences