The UTeach Institute provides guidance and resources to ensure successful implementation and sustainability of UTeach programs nationwide.
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. secondary schools. The program combines rigorous STEM degrees with secondary teaching certification without adding time or cost to four-year degrees.
The UTeach Institute partners with 44 universities, including UT Austin, to implement UTeach programs in 23 states and the District of Columbia.
Faculty and staff at these universities represent a national community of experts focused on strengthening secondary STEM teacher preparation. Learn more about the impact of UTeach programs.
The UTeach Institute’s work is supported through a variety of strategic partnerships and initiatives at national, state, and local levels. Learn more about supporting UTeach expansion.
UTeach began at The University of Texas at Austin in 1997 as a student-focused way to recruit 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.
In its first decade, UTeach was so successful at significantly increasing the number of certified STEM teacher graduates at UT Austin that it began receiving inquiries from other universities.
The UTeach Institute was established in 2006 both to support replication of UTeach at universities across the United States and to lead efforts toward continuous improvement of the UTeach model.