About the UTeach Institute
The UTeach Institute was established in response to national concerns about the quality of K-12 education in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) and growing interest in the innovative teacher preparation program started in 1997 at The University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin), UTeach.
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 universities around the world. The UTeach Institute was established in 2006 to both support replication of UTeach at universities across the United States and to lead efforts toward continuous improvement of the UTeach model.
Currently, 40 universities across the U.S., including UT Austin, are implementing UTeach programs. Faculty and staff at these universities represent a national community of experts focused on strengthening secondary STEM teacher preparation.
The UTeach Institute has developed resources and support materials for all operational and instructional aspects of the UTeach model. Universities replicating UTeach receive direct and individualized support, including access to the UTeach Operations Manual; UTeach curriculum, student work samples, and support materials; and support events, including course workshops and retreats, topical Webcasts, the annual UTeach Conference, and UTeach Open House. Each university replicating UTeach also is assigned a site coordinator, who provides technical assistance and serves as a primary point of contact.
The UTeach Institute also has developed a comprehensive plan for evaluating UTeach program implementation on these campuses. Operational evaluation services include biannual site visits to collect and share programmatic data; facilitation of various online student surveys; and preparation of quantitative and qualitative reports on progress at individual campuses, regionally, and nationally. Instructional evaluation services include course observations and reviews of course materials for all UTeach model courses. In addition to reporting to funders,we share implementation data with universities to help inform local programmatic decision making.