The Urban Institute for Teacher Education (UITE) strives to prepare educators to serve urban student and educational communities 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 inquire to serve all students well. We welcome prospective teachers to this exhilarating challenge.

Teacher Candidates at the University of Utah are expected to comply with Utah State Board of Education requirements for performance assessment. The University of Utah uses the Praxis Performance Assessment for Teachers (PPAT) as a criterion for licensure recommendations. Please see as well as program handbooks for more information.

Teacher Candidates who anticipate being recommended for Elementary or Early Childhood licensure on or after September 1, 2022 are required to complete the Foundations of Reading assessment before they are awarded a professional license. Candidates are strongly encouraged to take the test during the fall semester, prior to beginning student teaching. There is not a required score to pass the test for the 2022-2023 and 2023-2024 academic years. The USBE will establish a cut score by 2024-2025, and all candidates will need to successfully pass the assessment to receive their professional teaching license.  More information can be found in the Student Handbook, your program summary or contact UITE Advising.


The Elementary Teacher Licensure program is designed to prepare teacher candidates to effectively work with elementary students across various age and ability levels, and from diverse cultural linguistic and socio-economic backgrounds.



The Secondary Teacher Licensure program is designed to prepare junior high, middle school and high school educators.  Students major in a subject area they wish to teach, and are encouraged to also pursue a teaching minor.


Early Childhood Education K-3

K-3 Teaching License through a partnership between the Family, Community and Human Development Major and the Urban Institute for Teacher Education.



Master's programs can be completed with the following departments: Department of Educational Psychology, Department of Special Education, Department of Education, Culture and Society or Department of Educational Leadership and Policy.