UChicago UTEP launched in 2003 with a small cohort of University of Chicago undergraduates committed to teaching in urban elementary schools. In 2007, the program was opened to admit candidates from other outstanding colleges, and in 2009, the program expanded with a Secondary Program to prepare mathematics and biology teachers for grades 6 – 12. (The Secondary Program is currently in hibernation)

As of 2015, UChicago UTEP has adjusted to the needs of students in the Chicago area, and will offer licensure in elementary and middle school.

UChicago UTEP is committed to maintaining diversity in all its cohorts—not only in background and ethnicity, but also in past experiences and careers, academic interests, and regional origin. Our students have earned degrees in disciplines spanning the arts, sciences, humanities, and social sciences. They hold majors or minors in fields ranging from business administration to journalism, urban planning, and anthropology. Close to half of our most recent cohorts are people of color. Our applicants hail from throughout the country, and attended undergraduate institutions such as the University of Chicago, Harvard, MIT, UCLA, Rutgers, Morehouse, Spelman, Chicago State, Williams, Wellesley, Knox, Wake Forest, Notre Dame, and dozens of others.