The UTeach science and mathematics teacher preparation program was begun in 1997 at UT Austin. Since the program's inception, UT Austin increased its secondary mathematics and science teacher output from single digits per year to about 70. In addition, UTeach prepared teachers were staying in the teaching field longer than the average new science or mathematics teacher. The success of UTeach garnered national attention, and several donors, led by ExxonMobil, collaborated to create the National Math and Science Initiative and The UTeach Institute. These organizations are tasked with making grants to other universities around the country so that they may replicate the UTeach program on their campuses.
The hallmarks of the UTeach program include strong collaboration between the College of Science and the College of Education and Health Professions, early and intensive field experiences for teacher candidates, the use of experienced Master Teachers as instructors, mentors and field experience coordinators, strong support from the university's administration, vigorous recruitment of STEM majors into the STEP 1 introductory course, development of teacher candidates' content knowledge and effective teaching techniques, and a variety of student benefits, including scholarships and internships.
For a complete history of UTeach and the national replication efforts, please visit the web sites of the: