The UTeach Institute


"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.

Program Type

Teacher Development/Training

Target Audience

Low Socio-Economic Status




Pre-K - 5
Grades 6 - 8
Grades 9 - 12

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Program Impact

Teachers trained through UTeach programs have a strong impact on student performance in math and science. A third-party evaluation by nonprofit CALDER Center at the American Insitutes for research found that students of UTeach teachers in Texas learned more than similar students of other teachers.  Researchers found that htose differences amounted to the equivalent of almost two to more than five months of extra learning each year.

UTeach is also 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.


Program Overview

UTeach is a teacher preparation program that aims to attract a wide range of bright science, mathematics, and computer science majors into secondary teaching careers, to prepare them through an advanced field-intensive curriculum, and to promote professional retention through induction support and ongoing professional development.

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.

How To Get Involved

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


Kimberly Hughes, Director

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Design Principles

The programs in this database clear a high bar. STEMworks reviewed each program against CTEq's Design Principles for Effective STEM Philanthropy.

  • Accomplished
  • Developing
  • Undeveloped

Overarching Principles

  • Need

    Identify and target a compelling and well-defined need.

  • Evaluation

    Use rigorous evaluation to continuously measure and inform progress towards the compelling need identified.

  • Sustainability

    Ensure work is sustainable.

  • Replication and Scalability

    Demonstrate replicability and scalability.

  • Partnerships

    Create high impact partnerships

  • Capacity

    Ensure organizational capacity to achieve goals.

STEM Principles

  • Challenging and Relevant Content

    Offer challenging and relevant STEM content for the target audience

  • STEM Practices

    Incorporate and encourage STEM practices.

  • Inspiration

    Inspire interest and engagement in STEM.

  • Under-Represented Groups

    Identify and address the needs of under-represented groups.