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National Science Foundation
Grant-funded by the National Science Foundation Division of Undergraduate Education’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program (Grant # 1759454).

The University of Houston has launched a new master’s degree program called Enhancing STEM Teacher Leadership Through Equity and Advocacy Development in Houston, or LEAD Houston for short. The program targets secondary math and science teachers in high-need school districts who want to become leaders in STEM education. Students selected into the competitive program will be eligible to receive scholarships to cover tuition and fees as well as stipends after graduation for leading professional development sessions at their schools. The deadline to apply is March 8, 2018.  

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The program is a partnership between the UH College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics and the UH College of Education and is supported by grant funding from the National Science Foundation.

Length of master's program: 14 months

Degree received: Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a STEM emphasis

Instruction model: hybrid online and face-to-face classes, conducive to a working teacher’s schedule

Selected participants will be eligible for:

  • Scholarships to cover tuition and fees up to $16,000.
  • Annual $10,000 salary stipends for four years after graduation for conducting professional development sessions at their campuses.

Courses and coaching will focus on topics such as:

  • Culturally responsive teaching and addressing learning disparities in STEM education;
  • Developing teacher leadership skills;
  • The roles of technology and inquiry-based instruction in STEM education; and
  • Engineering design.
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Applicants must:

  • Be a certified Texas teacher in secondary math or science.
  • Have three years of teaching experience in math or science.
  • Work in a high-need school district.
  • Commit to conducting professional development at their campuses for four years after graduation.
  • Have strong content knowledge, a passion for STEM education and an interest in culturally responsive teaching.
  • Be U.S. citizens or nationals, or permanent resident aliens.

Fifteen students will be selected for the first cohort starting during the summer 2018 semester, June 4 - Aug. 7. (Another 15 students will be selected for the second cohort starting in summer 2019. The second application process will open Aug. 1, 2018.)

Application Process

Complete the UH graduate application online. The following items are included in the online application:

  • Official transcripts: You will see instructions within the application on how to submit your official transcript.
  • Names and email addresses of three individuals who will complete an online reference form.
  • GRE scores: If your undergraduate GPA is below 3.0, you will need to submit GRE scores that are less than 5 years old.
  • Write a personal statement about your goals and teaching philosophy.
  • Complete an interview if requested.  

For more information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions and the webinar for the LEAD Houston Fellowship.

Email Jen Chauvot, chair of the College of Education’s Department of Curriculum & Instruction, with questions regarding the master’s program at

Email Paige Evans, clinical professor of the teachHOUSTON program in the Department of Mathematics and principal investigator, with questions regarding the overall program at


March 8, 2018: Application deadline for 2018 applicants - all materials must be submitted by this date.

March 26, 2018 - April 6, 2018: Skype interviews conducted.

April 27, 2018: Students notified of acceptance.

May 4, 2018: Students must turn in a formal acceptance document.

May 19, 2018: Attend program orientation.

June 4, 2018 Program for first cohort (2018) begins.

August 1, 2018: Application opens for 2019 applicants.