A $3 million grant from the Greater Texas Foundation will mean a free ride for 100 Texas teachers who want to continue their higher education.
The Integrated Science, Math and Reflective Thinking, or iSMART program at the University of Houston is an online masters program.
UH Assistant Professor Jennifer Chauvot is the lead developer of the new program.
"In our graduate program, we're trying to help the teachers improve their content knowledge of math, science and how the two blend together."
The degree program is one of the first of its kind in the state. The University of Houston and Texas Tech are the only two schools to develop such a targeted online plan.
Greater Texas Foundation Executive Director Wynn Rosser says they wanted teachers from any part of the state to have access to a masters education.
"So 100 here at University of Houston, 100 at Texas Tech will receive the master's degree at no cost, or with minimal out of pocket costs. We wanted it to be at a distance because we want this to serve teachers from across the state. So not just Houston area, not just Lubbock area. You very well may have a teacher in Beaumont in the Texas Tech program and a teacher in Amarillo enrolled in the UH program."
UH will start accepting applications from up to 100 middle school math and science teachers in the spring of 2010.
Laurie Johnson. KUHF-Houston Public Radio News.