UTeach grew out of the conviction that public universities have a profound role to play in improving the public education system. UTeach began at The University of Texas at Austin in 1997 as an innovative way to recruit undergraduate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors and prepare them to become teachers.
Faculty with expertise in STEM fields, in STEM teaching and learning, and in the history of science and mathematics worked alongside master teacher practitioners (UTeach clinical faculty) to design a program emphasizing deep understanding of STEM content, practices and pedagogy, and strong connections between theory and practice. The program combines rigorous STEM degrees with secondary teaching certification without adding time or cost to four-year degrees.
Out of this original program a number of local STEM education initiatives have grown, including a national expansion effort, all supporting the improvement of STEM education and the public education system overall.
UTeach Initiatives Nationwide
44 universities in 23 states and the District of Columbia are implementing UTeach programs that prepare STEM teachers for secondary classrooms, and UTeach also offers training for teachers who are already in the classroom.
- The UTeach Institute supports expansion of UTeach to universities across the U.S. and leads efforts toward continuous improvement of the UTeach model.
- The National UTeach Alumni Network provides a community of support for UTeach graduates across the U.S.
- UTeach Professional Development provides online and in-person training that enhances content knowledge, promotes inquiry-based learning, and develops leadership capacity.
- The UTeach STEM Educators Association (USEA) is dedicated to maintaining and strengthening the connections between UTeach partner programs across the country and to supporting UTeach alumni in long-term careers as successful STEM teachers.
UTeach Initiatives in Austin
The University of Texas at Austin offers the original UTeach STEM teacher preparation program and a number of other STEM initiatives.
- UTeach Austin. If you are an undergraduate who wants to teach, or a degree holder who wants to return for certification, UTeach Austin may be right for you.
- UTeach Outreach is a service learning class for UT students. It inspires students to take an active interest in science and supports parents and teachers in becoming more scientific educators.
- UTeach Maker is an endorsement program that supports teachers in developing the tools and skills needed to bring innovative, project-based, constructionist, maker learning to school spaces.
- UTeach Primary adopts the challenge of preparing future elementary teachers to teach science with Hands-On-Science, a four-course integrated science sequence featuring inquiry-based instruction.
- UTeach Discovery hosts monthly seminars at The University of Texas at Austin featuring speakers with expertise in discovery teaching techniques.