Be the change you wish to see in the world.

— Gandhi

The University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program, UChicago UTEP, prepares teachers of the highest caliber for Chicago Public Schools while developing a model for urban teacher preparation. Our graduates are instructional leaders and agents for educational equity in their schools and community.

UChicago UTEP is a two-year graduate program accredited by the Illinois State Board of Education that awards a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree. Alumni then receive up to three years of post-graduation supports, at no additional cost, making UChicago UTEP a unique five-year experience. The program offers three certification pathways:

  • Elementary, certifies teachers for grades K-9, with middle-grade (5-8) endorsements available in general science, language arts, mathematics, and social sciences (Illinois Initial Elementary Type 03)

  • Secondary Biology, certifies teachers in general science for grades 6-8 and biology and related sciences for grades 9-12 (Illinois Secondary Type 09)

  • Secondary Mathematics, certifies teachers in all areas of mathematics through calculus for grades 6-12 (Illinois Initial Secondary Type 09)

Ninety percent of UChicago UTEP graduates are still teaching in Chicago Public Schools or urban school districts after five years. This retention rate far exceeds the national average for urban public school teachers, which is approximately fifty percent.

UChicago UTEP is a unit of the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute.