Teachers and Instruction
Research has shown that teachers who support and challenge students with ambitious instruction are essential for school improvement. With a portfolio that spans from in-depth studies on the successes and flaws of real-world teacher evaluation systems to a teacher education program with 90 percent of graduates remaining in urban schools after five years—far exceeding the national retention rate of 50 percent—UEI works across its different domains to illuminate, model, and share what schools and educators need to succeed.
Research has shown that teachers who support and challenge students with ambitious instruction are essential for school improvement.
The University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program (UChicago UTEP) is featured in the book Inspiring Teaching: Preparing Teachers to Succeed in Mission-Driven Schools as a highly successful program designed to prepare educators for lifelong careers in urban education. The book investigates the "context-specific" approach to teacher education and shows how programs like UChicago UTEP can help teachers develop the understanding, commitment, tools, and strategies they need to teach in specific settings.
- Nationally, just 50 percent of teachers remain in the classroom after five years. In urban contexts like Chicago, a 70 percent attrition rate is not uncommon.
- Over 80 percent of teachers and principals in Chicago Pubic Schools reported that the new REACH teacher evaluation system—based on the Danielson Framework and implemented in 2012-13—is changing practice, improving communication, and encouraging collaboration »
- "Collaborative Teachers" is one of the 5Essentials for school improvement. Past research found that schools strong in at least three of the five Essentials were ten times more like to improve than schools weak in three or more of the Essentials »
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Why Chicago UTEP
A five-year experience Aspiring, novice, and experienced teachers each have specific professional development needs. To prepare candidates for the rigors of teaching, UChicago UTEP provides two years of preparation—a foundations year, residency—and up to three years of post-graduatio
The Urban Teacher Education Program is a five-year experience that integrates rigorous academic and methods coursework with ongoing teaching experiences that broaden in scope as candidates progress through the two-year MAT program. Learning continues for alumni working in Chicago Public Schools with
The people of UChicago UTEP are an outstanding group of students, scholars, and practitioners who are breaking new ground in the field of context-specific urban teacher preparation. Students Alumni Clinical Instructors Faculty and Staff
UChicago UTEP is a highly selective, two-year MAT program. Applicants must have college transcripts that reflect coursework in the humanities, social sciences, mathematics, and science, and show evidence of strong reading, thinking, and writing skills; typically applicants have a GPA of 3.0 or highe
Costs & Aid
Students who are committed to full-time teaching in a high-need field, such as mathematics or science, for four years receive an additional $6,000 from the Teacher Education Assistance for College & Higher Education (TEACH) grant. To qualify, an undergraduate grade point aver
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Frequently Asked Questions
About the Program How long is the UChicago UTEP master’s degree program? What teaching certification do I receive through UChicago UTEP? Can I receive certification to teach in a particular subject? Why should I enroll in a two-year masters degree program instead o
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