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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.

UITE licensure graduates present their research findings at
2017 College of Education Research Fair!


Congratulations to Tyler Davenport, UITE's Elementary Education Degree and Licensure student Learn More about Tyler's Capstone Project here.

Perhaps we must answer the question Why Teach? with Why Not?!

UITE Welcomes

Post Doctoral Fellow Sarah Braden

Sarah Braden

Sarah Braden has joined the teaching faculty for the Urban Institute of Teacher Education as a postdoc this spring after earning her Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Utah. Sarah’s research interests center on understanding the processes (cultural and linguistic) by which racial and linguistic minority students become marginalized or disenfranchised from K-12 science. She uses ethnography and discourse analysis to explore the ways in which students are socialized into or out of using disciplinary language and developing disciplinary identities. Before becoming a researcher and teacher educator, Sarah spent four years teaching high school science (biology and physics) and English as a Second Language (ESL). In addition to teaching for the College of Education, Sarah has also taught undergraduate and graduate students in the Department of Linguistics, and K-12 students in the Youth Education Program on campus.


Community Involvement

UITE instructor John Funk recently presented to the Utah Family Childcare Association (NAFCC) at an annual training event. He  worked with the caregivers on developmentally appropriate art activities and developmentally appropriate math skills for birth-5 year- olds. He also presented at the National Child Care Conference in San Diego and at the National Early Childhood Annual Conference (NAEYC) in Los Angeles. My workshops were focused on hands-on projects to do with young children to support basic standards in math, science, and critical thinking.                                 

 Meet Your UITE Team!

Meet Your Advisors

Karla Motta

Karla is your Academic Bridge Coordinator. Karla works in collaboration with local high schools, community organizations and university members to provide academic, career, and financial advising to education teaching majors. When she is not on campus, you can find her indulging in the great outdoors of Utah as well as the many eateries Salt Lake City offers.  


Sara Hatch

Sara is your Academic Advisor. Sara is extremely invested in helping students achieve their academic goals. She enjoys interacting with students, introducing them to the resources they need to be successful, and helping students explore the great opportunities higher education can provide. Outside of work, Sara enjoys reading, going to plays, and spending time with friends and family.

Meet Your Faculty       

John Funk

Elementary Education

Peggy McCAndless

Elementary Education

Kerry Herman

Elementary Education



Linda Sorensen

Secondary Education



Udita Gupta

Secondary Education

 Facing the Teacher Shortage

Continuum The Magazine of the Univeristy of Utah

Read about the teacher shortages our community is facing, and how we here at the College of Education are working towards a solution! HERE

UITE Scholarship Recipients

The Urban Institute for Teacher Education would like to congratulate all of our scholarship recipients! All of the College of Education scholarship recipients were recognized at this years Scholarship Banquet. We are so pround of our students! Congratualtions!



 The Student Becomes the Teacher!

Elementary education graduate Allie Bowers recently returned to her childhood elementary, this time as the teacher. Read more HERE



 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!



 UITE Welcomes

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.



University of Utah Teacher Education Program Accorded National Accreditation

The University of Utah’s teacher licensure program receives national accreditation approval through the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP). Approval through CAEP is in compliance with federal and state requirements for institutions offering teacher education programs.

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: 4/10/17