The Urban Institute for Teacher Education

Our Mission (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.

Just for U!

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Just for U's! 2014 conference provided prospective students from Salt Lake Community College and the Salt Lake and Davis school districts with workshops and tours to learn more about the University of Utah and the Teacher Preparation programs through the UITE and Department of Special Education. The two-day event concluded with families and prospective students sharing ideas on education and the critical need for teachers in our communities!

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Montage or Scholarship recipients

The Teacher Recruitment Scholarship (TRS) program is a collaborative effort between the College of Education, Salt Lake Community College and the Canyons, Davis, Granite, Jordan, and Salt Lake school districts. Exemplary high school students are nominated by their districts to attend SLCC and then matriculate to the University of Utah to pursue degrees and licensure in elementary and secondary education!

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College of Education's Secondary Licensure Program Graduate Honored with a 2014 Huntsman Excellence in education Award!

Kyle Bracken, a 2001 graduate of the College of Education's Secondary program, describes teaching as "something I love." Kyle is a teacher who truly cares about his students in ways that connect with each individual. Kyle's teaching has been described as dynamic and memorable in ways that exceed traditional instruction. A former student writes, "Mr. Bracken motivates his students to master subject matter so it becomes a part of how they think and live." When describing the impact of Kyle's role as a teacher a former student also wrote, "Mr. Bracken is the only teacher I have ever had who makes not just the student's education a priority, but the student as a whole." He has a sincere interest in his students' lives and goes aboveand beyond to help them achieve success."

Before entering the University of Utah's secondary teacher licensure program, Kyle was a ski instructor for 10 years at Snowbird and Alta. After completing his licensure program, Kyle accepted a position at Highland High School in the Salt Lake City School District. He taught the first course offered in AP World History at Highland. He went on to write a grant proposal in 2001 to create "Active Learning Lessons" for World History. Since his early years at the U of U Kyle received a Master's Degree in World History from the University of Utah and has co-taught summer institute course work including working with professors from the U of U (Professor Davies and Professor Severs) and at BYU. Kyle recently facilitated a summer workshop related to the Common Core and Social Studies instruction. He is currently teaching five sections of AP World History, one section of International Baccalaureate (20th Century World History Topics) and one Section of Honors Geography.                                        

Congratulations to Kyle Bracken!!!

 UITE Students Spend Fall Break at Tse'bii'nidzisgai Elementary and Monument Valley High School.

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2013-2014 Site Teacher Educators Meet to Celebrate Another Successful Year in Teacher Preparation!

On Friday, April 25, 2014, over 100 site teacher educators from Granite, Salt Lake, and Murray School Districts met in the Art Works for Kids Auditorium in the new Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts and Education Complex to recognize their work in outstanding mentoring. Exemplary Mentoring Awards were presented to

  • Sierra Garduno-Morgan, Stansbury Elementary, Granite School District
  • Lois Harris, Northwest Middle School, Salt Lake City School District

Teacher Professional Development Awards were presented to three area schools as they embark on systemic plans to improve practices within their schools during the 2014-2015 academic year

  • Mill Creek Elementary, Granite School District
  • Northwest Middle School, Salt Lake City School District
  • Washington Elementary, Salt Lake City School District

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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.

Last Updated: 7/25/14