Lafayette

Aug 28, 2014 7:44 AM by AP

Lafayette lands grant to boost math, science

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has been awarded a nearly $1.2 million National Science Foundation grant to recruit and develop math and science majors into highly-qualified middle and high school teachers.

Peter Sheppard, head of the department of curriculum and instruction, tells The Advocate the objective is to prepare undergraduate students proficient in math or the sciences for careers as teachers as a way to boost the number of high-quality science, technology, engineering and mathematics teachers in middle and high schools.

The program, called "Strengthening Teacher Education through Mathematics & Science Teaching Scholars in Louisiana," targets college-level juniors and seniors majoring in math or one of the sciences and who might be interested in acquiring teacher certification while they earn their degree.

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