Teacher Education at the University of Utah
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Our Mission Statement  (en Español)
The mission of the UITE is to prepare educators to serve urban students and educational communities in all their rich diversity. We conceive of educational diversity as the dynamic engagement of a range of cultural and urban traditions, including individual differences in ability. In preparing teachers and leaders to work within and across differences, we collaborate with community-based initiatives, seek out community partners, and continually work to discover fresh and innovative ways to approach both curriculum and pedagogy. Our goal is an educational process in which teachers, leaders, and teacher educators draw upon multidisciplinary research and direct urban inquiry to serve all students well. We welcome prospective teachers to this vital, sometimes daunting but always exhilarating, challenge.

Highlighting Alumni 

Bruce Eschler

Graduating Class: 2002

Current Occupation: Assistant Principal


My University of Utah cohort provided me with a foundation in three essential areas for my education career. First, it provided me with a significant amount of in-class and in-school experience so I fully understood and was prepared for the life of a teacher. The transitional time and learning curve of a new teachers was greatly decreased because I had so many opportunities as university student to get into schools. Second, as a teacher and now an administrator I’ve benefited from the intellectual skills and background to contextualize educational research, politics, culture, and language within an education setting instilled through my university coursework. The background and skills fostered through my studies have been invaluable because they made me a better advocate for my students, colleagues, and the public education system. Finally, the time at the U has also provided me with a crucial network of educators from who I can continue to learn from and with over the years. I value these colleagues and mentors greatly and grateful they have been part of my journey as an educator.

 Partners In Education

 Taylorsville Elementary School


The Urban Institute for Teacher Education (UITE) is proud to announce our spotlight school of the month: Taylorsville Elementary!

Taylorsville Elementary is located at 2010 West and 4230 South and is home to 554 students, 22 teachers, 10 support teachers and 6 teacher candidates. It has been a site school for teacher candidates and has mentored over a dozen novice teachers since 2013.

This school has a number of special programs that integrate the core curriculum with arts and technology. Taylorsville Elementary partners with Riverton Music to provide band and orchestra for their students. Tiger Tunes is their choir for grades 3-6 and is led by Danny Hilder (a 2009 ELED graduate). The site is also a Beverley Taylor Sorenson school where arts specialists integrate the fine arts with the curriculum on a weekly basis.

Taylorsville Elementary is also the site for the Our Leader in Me way of life. The 7 habits of highly effective people are taught and integrated daily. The teaching of these habits begin with the Kindergarten classes and are continued on through the sixth grade. Students are encouraged to be proactive and begin with the end in mind. The additional habits are taught throughout the year and students learn to integrate them into their daily lives.


The UITE would like to thank Taylorsville Elementary for their excellent mentoring and welcoming school climate for our teacher candidates!

College of Education Secondary Licensure Graduate named the
2015 Salt Lake City School District Teacher of the Year!
Congratulations to Highland High School's Doug Jorgensen!


UITE Faculty Spotlight

Sorensen, L. J., & Woltz, D. J. (2015). Transforming Response Time and Errors to Address Tradeoffs in Complex Measures of Processing Speed. Learning and Individual Differences, 40, 73-83.

    An experiment evaluated a transformation of response time (RT) into response rate adjusted for errors (RRAdj) for its ability to accommodate different speed-accuracy tradeoffs (SATs). Participants solved 2-step arithmetic problems under instructional conditions that emphasized speed versus accuracy of responding. RT and error variables were transformed using RRAdj and three additional computations to determine which better equated performance scores under the two tradeoff
conditions. Effective adjustment for SAT strategy was evaluated by the equivalence of predictive relationships with other variables, regardless of SAT instructional set. Of the scoring computations compared, RRAdj alone equated performance in the tradeoff conditions, and it was optimized when accuracy was adjusted for guessing. Thus, in certain multistep cognitive tasks, incorporating RT and error data in the RRAdj computation could at least partially adjust for differing SAT strategies and embody additional meaningful variance compared to the commonly used RT for correct responses.

 Honoring our 2014-2015 Career Mentor Teacher Awardees

Ken Dilley, Granite Park Junior High School, Granite District

Jessica Sellers, Westbrook Elementary, Granite District


 UITE and SPED meet with future licensure students as a part of Red, White, and U 2015!







College of Education Student Research Fair


Northwest Middle School Students visit U of U campus to hear Dr. Sonia Nieto's lecture as the 2015 Jones Scholar!

College of Education - Salt Lake Community College - District Partnership's
Teacher Recruitment Scholars (TRS) present at the 2015
National Association of Multicultural Education (NAME) Conference!



Their presentation, Bravery and Hope: Continuing the Legacy was attended by members of the U of U, Salt Lake Community College, and District Partners!

 Get REAL! Responsive Education for All Learners

Mary D. Burbank receives Sorensen Legacy Award


Assistant Dean and UITE Director, Mary D. Burbank receives Sorensen Legacy award to examine teacher education's role in preparing future teachers who value and enact teaching practices with linkage across the curriculum including but not limited to: fine arts, mathematics, and science with ties to technology and engineering. While curriculum integration is essential for all learners, the unique needs of children with disabilities and those learning English require specialized curricula and experiential learning that meet the vibrant characteristics of these students.

 Get REAL! provides beginning teachers with classroom-based training using curricula and technology-informed simulations and modules with multimedia explorations for all students in Pre-K-6 classrooms. A partnership with the Elizabeth Academy will provide preservice and inservice teachers with dedicated professional learning experiences. 



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.

Interdisciplinary Collaboration

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.