Program Details

PROMYS for Teachers (PfT) is designed for middle and high school teachers of mathematics, whether experienced or pre-service. Participants earn credit, which may be used toward a graduate degree program. Qualifying teachers receive a $1,200 stipend for their participation. For most teachers, the program is non-residential. Returning teachers take on advanced projects and seminars.


Due to the ongoing pandemic, PROMYS for Teachers will again offer a virtual program for summer 2021, to PfT alumni and other teachers of secondary mathematics. The new format is described here.

In addition, there will be five full-day workshops held between September 2021 and May 2022.

Components of the PfT Program

PROMYS for Teachers consists of two major summer components and a school-year component.

Content-based Professional Development

  1. In the first summer, new PfT participants come to Boston University for an intensive six-week experience of exploring deep mathematical ideas, focused primarily on Number Theory.
  2. In the second summer, they have the option to return to PROMYS for an additional summer of advanced mathematical investigation.

During the two summer components, teachers engage in intensive problem-solving activities with the other teacher participants. These problem-solving activities will run parallel to, but separate from, the PROMYS program for high school students.

Academic Year Workshops

During the school year, PfT alumni are invited to attend five full-day workshops offered jointly by Education Development Center (EDC) in Waltham and Boston University's Department of Mathematics. These seminars are designed to help teachers "unpack" the pedagogical approaches used in PROMYS to enrich the mathematical experience in their own classrooms. Another important goal of the workshops is to establish an ongoing network of teachers, mathematics educators, and research mathematicians. Typical agenda items include:

  • Teacher volunteers share experiences, activities, and student work from their classrooms.
  • The whole group works together on mathematics inspired by topics in the secondary curriculum.
  • Teachers collaboratively plan lessons, working in the style of Japanese Lesson Study groups.


During the typical in-person program, teacher participants may earn 8 credits in mathematics from Boston University for their participation in the first-year summer component. Assessment for the first-year participants is based on their work on the daily problem sets and on the results of a midterm exam and a final exam. During the second-year summer component, participants earn 4 graduate credits in education (from BU's Wheelock College of Education and Human Development) and 2 graduate credits in mathematics.

In addition, pre-service teachers from BU's Wheelock College have been participating in PROMYS each year since 1991. Any graduate student who registers for PROMYS courses CAS MA 547 and CAS MA 548 must first receive approval from the Instructor, Professor Glenn Stevens.


The application page is here

Requesting a Transcript

For past PfT participants:

To request a transcript online, visit the BU Student Link. Click on Academics and then on Transcript Preview and Ordering. Type in your BU login name and Kerberos password. Click on Order a Transcript on the top right.

To request a transcript by mail, visit the Registrar Transcript Information page and follow the instructions.

Teacher Demographic

Most PfT participants teach in Massachusetts schools. However, we also invite teachers from out-of-state and from other countries. Recently, teachers from California, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Washington, and the United Arab Emirates have participated in the program. Since PfT is a commuter program, out-of-state (and Western Mass.) teachers are responsible for their own living arrangements. One option is to apply for summer residency in a graduate dormitory. Information may be found at BU Housing.


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