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UITE Summer Professional Development


Saturday May 19th

Menageries of Mathematics


June 4-7 & 11-14th

Math in the Elementary Classroom


Saturday June 16

PLUSS: Professional Learning in Utah for Student Success


June 18-22nd

Science in the Classroom


 June 21st

Online Courses Begin: Math, Science, Social Studies, & Language Arts


 June 21st

Makerspace: How to Build Solar Greenhouse

June 25- 29th

Classroom Management


July 9-20th 

Elementary Science PD Workshop

 July 9-13th

Elementary Math Endorsement Rational Numbers


July 16-20th

Social Studies in the Classroom



July 16th-20th

Elementary Math Endorsement Assessment and Intervention


July 30th - Aug 3rd

Language Arts in the Classroom


August 1st & 2nd

Trauma-Informed Classroom Course


 Partners in Teacher Preparation



 College Of Education' Secondary Licensure Student

Receives National and State Recognition

Read more about Sayro's story here

  Ms. Sayro Paw, Secondary English Teaching Major, Teacher Recruitment Scholars Recipient, and Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) scholar has been selected to present her work, "Immigration stress among refugees resettled in Utah" at the at the 2018 National Conference of Undergraduate Research at the University of Central Oklahoma. Ms. Paw’s research was chosen from more than 4,000 submissions.

As event organizers noted, “…your abstract demonstrates a unique contribution to your field of study, and we are glad to offer you the opportunity to present your work to your peers, faculty, and staff from all over the nation.”

Ms. Paw will also present with her UROP Faculty Advisor, Dr. Akiko Kamimura, College of Social Work, at the 2018 Research on Capitol Hill event at the Utah State Capitol. This annual tradition features some of the best research by undergraduate students at the University of Utah and Utah State University.

Secondary Biology Licensure Student is Recognized!

  Suzette Boland is an intern teacher from the Urban Institute for Teacher Education (UIT) at the University of Utah. She is working at Cyprus High School, where she teaches Biology and Forensic Science. She found her love of science in college while attending SLCC. She transferred to the University of Utah in 2015 to pursue a Bachelor’s in biology.

While completing some community action hours at a high school for a class, she discovered she was meant to teach, and began pursuing a teaching license. In her free time she enjoys skiing, sailing, and aerial silks. She lives in Sandy with her husband, Hank, 2 dogs, and 1 cat.


 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.

UITE, Rose Park Elementary, and Elizabeth Academy Get REAL! team present at the National Association for Multicultural (NAME) Education's Annual National Conference. Their presentation features the work of multiple stakeholders in PK-3 education.

Stakeholder Commitments to Social Justice: Teaching through a Montessori Curriculum for Multicultural Education


Mary D. Burbank, Assistant Dean, Director Urban Institute for Teacher Education, University of Utah

Koeun Park, Williamsen Graduate Scholar, University of Utah

Jennifer Spikner, Head of School - Elizabeth Academy Salt Lake City, Utah

Nicole O’Brien, Principal, Rose Park Elementary School, Salt Lake City, Utah


Jessica Kornilakis, Teacher, Rose Park Elementary School, Salt Lake City, Utah

Maria Plancarte, Teacher, Rose Park Elementary School, Salt Lake City, Utah

Maria Sanchez, Rose Park Elementary School, Salt Lake City, Utah

Joel Arvizo-Zavala, Rose Park Elementary School, Salt Lake City, Utah



 Congratulations to Hailey Skolmoski on recieving the 2017 Utah Athletes in Service Award

  Hailey Skolmoski is a junior studying elementary education. She is an offensive star on the Utah soccer team. Hailey generously volunteers her time with the Utah Development Academy and tutors children at local schools. She firmly believes that community service helps others and makes her a better person too.



 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


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.                                 




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: 3/19/18