The University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program prepares teachers of the highest caliber for Chicago Public Schools while empirically testing a model for urban teacher preparation. Graduates engage in teaching as a highly intellectual career and are classroom-based instructional leaders and agents for educational equity in their schools and community.
Chicago 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, making Chicago UTEP a unique five-year experience. The program offers three certification pathways:
- Elementary, certifying 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, certifying teachers in general science for grades 6-8 and biology and related sciences for grades 9-12 (Illinois Secondary Type 09)
- Secondary Mathematics, certifying teachers in all areas of mathematics through calculus for grades 6-12 (Illinois Secondary Type 09)
Ninety-six percent of Chicago 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.
Chicago UTEP is a unit of the University of Chicago Urban Education Institute.
Grinnell alum Ellen Zaander '09 is currently enrolled in the UTEP program and is willing to answer any questions you might have about Chicago UTEP. You can contact her at: email@example.com