The UTeach teacher certification program is a collaborative effort on the part of the College of Natural Sciences and the College of Education at the University of Texas at Austin. It was created in 1997 to address both the shortage of qualified secondary mathematics, science, and computer science teachers as well as the quality of those entering the field.
The program has been well-received, cited by the National Academy of Sciences as a model program addressing the need for more highly qualified mathematics and science teachers. The program has expanded within the University of Texas at Austin College of Education to focus on diverse students in urban settings through English and social studies education with UTeach Urban Teachers program.
UTeach has been a model for other innovative mathematics and science education programs at other institutions; expanded to involve an additional forty-four universities in twenty-one states by 2019.2008-2012 (cohort 1) Florida State University Louisiana State University Northern Arizona University Temple University University of California, Berkeley University of California, Irvine University of Colorado Boulder University of Florida University of Houston University of Kansas University of North Texas University of Texas, Dallas Western Kentucky University 2010-2014 (cohort 2) Cleveland State University Middle Tennessee State University University of Colorado Colorado Springs University of Tennessee, Chattanooga University of Tennessee, Knoxville University of Texas, Arlington University of Texas at Tyler 2011-2015 (cohort 3) Columbus State University Southern Polytechnic State University University of Massachusetts, Lowell University of West Georgia 2012-2016 (cohort 4) Boise State University Florida Institute of Technology Towson University University of Arkansas at Fayetteville University of Arkansas at Little Rock University of Central Arkansas University of Texas at Brownsville University of Texas, Pan American 2013-2018 (cohort 5) Drexel University Florida International University University of Maryland, College Park Oklahoma State University Old Dominion University University of Alabama, Birmingham 2015-2019 (cohort 6) George Washington University Louisiana Tech University University of Massachusetts, Boston University of Nevada, Reno West Virginia University