In response to the need for more math and science teachers, the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) and UTeach Institute began replicating a highly successful teacher training program, UTeach, in 2008. The program, which recruits and trains math and science majors for careers in teaching, is transforming the way universities prepare teachers for the 21st century.
UTeach offers a compact degree plan that allows students to graduate in four years with a degree in their core subject as well as a teaching certificate. Early and intensive field teaching experience begins in students’ first semesters and is supplemented by mentoring and guidance from highly experienced master teachers, faculty and public school teachers.
In 2017-2018, over 7,100 math and science majors students have been served by 44 UTeach programs across the country. The UTeach Institute projects that more than 8,400 graduates will be produced by 2023 and that these teachers will reach nearly 5 million students.
The results speak for themselves: Approximately 90 percent of UTeach graduates go directly into teaching, with a retention rate of 80 percent after five years of teaching (compared to less than 65 percent nationally). The program has received national recognition from the Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) and the Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and was featured as a “best practice” program by Change the Equation, a national clearinghouse for excellence in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.