Request for Proposals

Request for Proposals to Expand Teacher Certification Programs based on the UTeach Model

In partnership with the Alabama STEM Council and the UTeach Institute, the Alabama Commission of Higher Education (ACHE) invites proposals from state-supported colleges and universities to develop new teacher certification programs based on the UTeach model and to expand existing UTeach programs. Originally developed in 1997 at The University of Texas at Austin, UTeach is an innovative, university-based teacher preparation program working to increase the number of qualified science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) teachers in U.S. schools. The program combines rigorous STEM degrees with secondary teaching certification without adding time or cost to degree completion. Currently, there are UTeach partner programs at 50 universities across the country, and this grant opportunity is intended to expand the number of UTeach partner programs in Alabama. ACHE anticipates making 4-5 awards under this RFP. Full details around developing new UTeach programs are available at Proposals are due by September 26, 2022, and interested institutions are encouraged to send letters of interest by July 13, 2022 to


Open Education Resources (OER) Grant Program

The Alabama Commission on Higher Education (ACHE) and the Alabama Community College System (ACCS) are co-sponsoring an Open Educational Resources (OER) grant program with $55,000 in total awards to encourage faculty and staff members at Alabama’s public institutions of higher education to replace existing expensive traditional textbooks and other costly teaching and learning materials with OER. Applications are being accepted from now until July 1, 2022. For more information about the program, contact Ron Leonard at ACHE (email:, phone: 334.242.2211).


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