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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 are student-centered, focused on social justice and want to become leaders in STEM education. We are particularly interested in recruiting racially, culturally and linguistically diverse teachers. Teachers selected into the 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 January 21, 2019.  

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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:

  • Understanding the significance of students’ cultural and educational experiences to inform STEM teaching and learning;
  • 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 second cohort starting during the summer 2019 semester, June 5 - Aug. 6.

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.

Please direct LEAD Houston Fellowship questions and inquiries to


Monday, November 5, 2018 at 6 p.m. (CST) Click here to watch a recording of the webinar.

Thursday, December 13, 2018 at 6 p.m. (CST) Please use this link to join our next webinar.

January 21, 2019: Application deadline for 2019 applicants - all materials must be submitted by this date.

February: Skype interviews conducted.

March 1, 2019: Students notified of acceptance.

March 8, 2019: Students must turn in a formal acceptance document.

April 13, 2019: Mandatory program orientation.

June 5, 2019: Program for cohort 2019 begins.