"Through [the] UTeach program, we are recruiting, inspiring and preparing thousands of college students majoring in STEM subjects to become the next generation of highly qualified, content-knowledge-driven teachers for our young people."
-- Rex Tillerson, Chairman and CEO of ExxonMobil.
UTeach is dramatically raising the number of STEM majors who become teachers. Ninety percent of STEM majors who participate in UTeach go on to teach, eighty-five percent of graduates who began teaching in 2005 were still in schools five years later, and almost 45 percent teach in underserved schools. With more support, UTeach could produce 1,000 more teachers by 2020, and they will in turn reach some 150,000 students per year.
The program started in 1997 at the University of Texas at Austin, and in 2006 the UTeach Institute was established to support replication of the UTeach model at universities across the United States while continuously improving the model. UTeach is a formally coordinated effort of the equivalents of the College of Education, the College of Liberal Arts, and the college(s) responsible for administering STEM degrees.
An initial $2.2 million grant provides the necessary support to transform current teacher preparation practices at one university. Forty universities are currently implementing UTeach programs, and another 85 in 33 states have expressed interest in implementing UTeach.Funders and Partners
The UTeach Institute partners with the National Math and Science Initiative and the states of Texas, Tennessee, Georgia, Massachusetts, Florida, Maryland and Arkansas to replicate UTeach at universities across the country. A complete list of our strategic partners is available at http://uteach-institute.org/about/detail/partners/.
The programs in this database clear a high bar. STEMworks reviewed each program against CTEq's Design Principles for Effective STEM Philanthropy.
Identify and target a compelling and well-defined need.
Use rigorous evaluation to continuously measure and inform progress towards the compelling need identified.
Ensure work is sustainable.
Demonstrate replicability and scalability.
Create high impact partnerships
Ensure organizational capacity to achieve goals.
Offer challenging and relevant STEM content for the target audience
Incorporate and encourage STEM practices.
Inspire interest and engagement in STEM.
Identify and address the needs of under-represented groups.