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 Congratulations to Carlie Haacke on receiving a University of Utah's Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROP) award!

  Ms. Haacke is an elementary education major and will complete her degree and teaching license in the spring of 2018. Carlie, an honors student will complete her study under the direction of Dr. Lauren Liang, Educational Psychology. Carlie describes her research as part of a larger research project that focuses on young readers' interactions with storybook apps. We are gathering and examining data to address the current lack of understanding about young readers' interactions with these apps.
This research will make a contribution to the larger project as much needed empirical evidence on the nature, extent, and importance of children's interactive use of storybook apps, emphasizing how children's reading and comprehension of storybooks can be enhanced by interactive features of the app.




 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



Rickie McCandless

Secondary Education



Udita Gupta

Secondary Education


 Meet our Graduate Assistants

Amy Brown  

Sandra Leu

  Anne Innis   Lisa Molina   Adrienne Lowe   Kona Eldredge   Raven Cromwell   Malynda Tolbert   Liz Thackeray Nelson


In June, the Urban Institute for Teacher Education’s (UITE) Dr. Linda Sorensen and Department of Special Education doctoral student, Malynda Tolbert, presented at the Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability, and Reform (CEEDAR) Cross-State Convening held in Chicago. The focus of their presentation was the Menageries of Math workshop, a collaborative effort to scale-up and sustain professional development for middle-school teachers of mathematics in Utah.
  The Menageries of Math project is a collaborative between the Urban Institute for Teacher Education and the Department of Special Education at the University of Utah with support from the Utah State Board of Education.


You're Invited

We warmly invite you to attend a lecture presentation about adolescent bullying and school-based prevention. Dorothy L. Espelage, Ph.D., is Professor of Psychology at the University of Florida. She is the recipient of the APA Lifetime Achievement Award in Prevention Science and the 2016 APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Research in Public Policy, and is a Fellow of APS, APA, and AERA. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from Indiana University in 1997. Over the last 20 years, she has authored over 140 peer reviewed articles, five edited books, and 30 chapters on bullying, homophobic teasing, sexual harassment, dating violence, and gang violence. Her research focuses on translating empirical findings into prevention and intervention programming and she has secured six and half million dollars of external funding.

Her two-hour lecture for University faculty, staff, and students will begin at 5:00 p.m. on September 20, 2017 in The College of Education Auditorium, (SAEC 1151). Also, Dr. Espelage will present a two-hour workshop for in-service teachers that will begin at 6:30 p.m. on September 19, 2017 in the Eccles Auditorium (CTIHB 109). For additional information, please contact Dr. Jared Rawlings (801) 587-3691


 Secondary Licensure Graduates!

   Dr. Funston Whiteman is a 2006 Graduate of the Secondary Licensure program through the College of Education. Dr. Whiteman was a history teaching major and has since completed a master's degree and doctorate at the University of Oklahoma. His Dissertation is entitled:

An Examination of the Relationship Between Academic Achievement and Supplemental Federal Revenue as it Relates to American Indian Students in a Public School District


   Dr. Bruce Eschler, a 2004 graduate of the Secondary Teacher Education program in the College of Education, recently recieved his doctorate from Brigham Young University. Dr. Eschler completed a master's degree from the University of Utah in Reading and currently serves as an Assistant Principal at Corner Canyon High School in the Canyons School District. His Dissertation is entitled: 

Finnish Teacher Collaboration: The Behaviors, Learning, and Formality of Teacher Collaboration   


Each summer the UITE hosts Salt Lake Valley teachers as they pursue advanced study in mathematics, science, language arts, and social studies. In-person and online course work provides K-12 educators with a research-to-practice experience through engageing and practical application of content to classroom teaching.

Utah Teachers and Social Studies   in the Classroom




Science in the Classroom with Utah Teachers!


 " . . . I truly watched a group of people become inspired to teach science, in a whole new way. . . At the start of this class I could see that many people felt like, "Oh, boy. Here we go, let's get this class done." However, by the last day people just didn't want to leave. People were craving to learn more. . . I am so glad that you are showing teachers how to engage students in ways that will support students. . . I am so happy to find a fabulous group of people that do love teaching and are trying to create student centered classrooms. . . "



 Building Productive Classroom Communities!




Valley Teachers Convene to Explore Mathematics Teaching!



2017 Stegner "Young Scholars" Writing Institute

Institute Faculty:
Monica Ferguson (Co-Director), Laura Scarpulla (Co-Director)
U-COE: Jan Dole, Kerry Herman, Colli Lucas   SLCSD: Wendy Blankenship, Megan Corrigan

The University of Utah Urban Institute for Teacher Education and the Salt Lake City School District are co-sponsoring the 9th Annual Stegner "Young Scholars" Writing Institute held June 5-16, 2017 with funding provided by the Salt Lake Education Foundation, and the University of Utah College of Education. The Writing Institute invites secondary-level writers (particularly English language learners and those from first-generation families to attend college), as well as secondary teachers from the Salt Lake City School District to discover the power of writing by increasing achievement as writers and teachers. Students have the opportunity to experience college life during the two-week Institute. Their inspiration is influenced by the life and literary legacy of Wallace Stegner.
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Teacher Education at the University of Utah
You Can Make a Difference!

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.

Student Spotlight

Congratulations to our 2017 Honors students

Carmen Flores

Carmen Flores

Multicultural Literacy
in the 21st Century


Carol Castaneda

Carol Castaneda

Integrating Social Justice Lessons in a Spanish High School Classroom to Increase Motivation in Learning Spanish as a Second/World Language




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?!


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.                                 


 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



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.


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Last Updated: 9/21/17