Teacher Education at the University of Utah
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Meet Our Graduate Assistants!
The Urban Institute for Teacher Education (UITE) is an interdisciplinary unit in the College of Education. Graduate Students from across the college work with UITE faculty in our work in classrooms and schools. The expertise of these former teachers informs supervisory practices with an emphasis on research-to-practice!
Dr. Lauren Barth-Cohen and Dr. Sarah Kate Selling
Dr. Lauren Barth-Cohen
Faculty Member in the department of Educational Psychology
Lauren Barth-Cohen graduated from the University of California, Berkeley where she received a Ph.D. in Science and Math Education. She previously held a post-doctoral position at the University of Maine where she worked in the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RISE Center). From 2014-2016 she held a research faculty position in the Department of Teaching and Learning at the University of Miami.
Dr. Barth-Cohen has a background in physics. Her research centers on student and teacher learning of science content mainly in the physical sciences. She focuses on learner’s interactions with various scientific practices, including scientific explanations and models in order to examine learning at the microgenetic level. Her research takes a qualitative approach, primarily involving video analysis methods. She is also interested in elementary student’s learning of robotics and programming concepts through their engagement with computational thinking practices.
Dr. Sarah Kate Selling
Faculty Member in the department of Education, Culture & Society
Sarah Kate Selling joins the College of Education as an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education in the Department of Education, Culture, and Society. Prior to arriving in Utah, she was a postdoctoral research fellow in TeachingWorks at the University of Michigan, where she focused on the design and study of mathematics teacher education. She earned a PhD in mathematics education from Stanford University’s Graduate School of Education. Dr. Selling’s research focuses on mathematics instruction, classroom discourse, and teacher education with a focus on the intersection of these with issues of equity and justice. In addition to her scholarship, she has taught elementary and high school mathematics in multiple contexts and has worked as a mathematics teacher educator in the Stanford Teacher Education Program and in the Teacher Education Department at the University of San Francisco. Dr. Selling is excited to be joining the UITE and the College of Education, and she hopes to work closely with local districts, schools, and communities to improve access to high-quality mathematics learning.
UITE 2016 Graduates begin their Careers
"I will be Teaching History at West Jordan Middle School."
The UITE helped shape my pedagogical approach and provided many opportunities to practice my skills in various classrooms. As the name implies, urban education and diverse classrooms are focal points within the program. Consequently, I feel prepared to teach in many different classroom environments. UITE values critical thinking skills and pushes students to question personal biases. These skills and practices transfer into personal teaching philosophies and ultimately to students in elementary and secondary classrooms.
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Community Engagement with
8th Annual Stegner 'Youth Scholars' Writing Institute
The Stegner Young Scholars Writing Institute (Stegner Writing Institute) celebrates eight years in partnership between the College of Education-Urban Institute for Teacher Education (COE-UITE) and the Salt Lake City School District (SLCSD) with Co-Directors, Monica Ferguson and Laura Scarpulla. This annual program invites 60 secondary students and 12-15 English Language Arts teachers to two-weeks of immersion in daily 4-hour writing workshops followed by afternoon professional development for teachers. The inspiration for participants is influenced by the life and literary legacy of Wallace Stegner.
Institute faculty from the COE-UITE and SLCSD support participants in a stimulating and challenging, social environment to learn and refine the art of effective argumentative writing and writing instruction. During the 10-days, students experience college life and discover the power of writing by increasing achievement as writers while teachers fine-tune teaching skills. The Stegner Writing Institute’s research-based approach applies best-practices for strategic and process writing. The targeted outcomes are to (a) increase achievement for the participant writers and teachers of writing, and (b) provide an engaging academic outreach experience that supports students to become college-bound for the University of Utah. Students publish their well-supported and researched essays in the publication of the Stegner Writing Institute, Our Voices, which is disseminated to community leaders across the Wasatch front. This program is made possible by generous support from the University of Utah College of Education, the SLCSD, and The Salt Lake Education Foundation.
Honors Theses 2016
University of Utah Teacher Education Program Accorded National Accreditation
The University of Utah Teacher Education Program has formally received national accreditation
through the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).
This is the first time in the history of the College of Education that the UofU has sought and received national recognition for the rigor and quality of its teacher education program which is designed and implemented through the Urban Institute for Teacher Education and the Department of Special Education in partnership with the four departments in the College of Education, six U colleges, the Utah System of Higher Education, the Utah State Office of Education, and school districts throughout Utah. Read More...
A College-Wide Commitment to Urban Teacher Education
The Urban Institute for Teacher Education, in conjunction with the four departments in the College of Education and academic colleges throughout the University of Utah, prepares undergraduate and graduate teacher candidates in early childhood, elementary, and secondary education. Through a college-wide core curriculum future teachers acquire the knowledge and skills in areas that include : school-family partnerships, multicultural education, educational law, assessment, special education, classroom management, and educational research. Classroom and community experiences through practica and service learning focus on issues of equity, access, and social justice for contemporary students, teachers, and families.
The Urban Institute for Teacher Education is currently in partnership with several programs, clinics and research centers that will become part of the new Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts and Education Complex. These include The Center for Integrating Arts into Academic Learning in conjunction with the College of Fine Arts; The Center for Math and Science Education in conjunction with the College of Science; the Utah Education Policy Center; the Masters in World Languages Program and the English as a Second Language Endorsement Program in conjunction with the College of Humanities, the College of Education Reading and Literacy Center, the University of Utah Reading Clinic; the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Center for Community of Caring; the Center for Applied Technology in Education; and a college-wide focus on k-16 education for students from ethnically and culturally diverse families as a coordinated effort with the College of Education's partnership with the University Neighborhood Partners (UNP) program.