The Urban Teacher Education Program (UTEP) is experience-rich, field-based and leads to teacher licensing in selected areas through undergraduate and graduate programs, Option I and Option II respectively.
- Option I
Designed for undergraduate students, and offers a unique opportunity for those enrolled in the School of Education to do a year long experience in an urban professional development school, while obtaining certification in elementary or secondary education. (Option I is currently being restructured, and no applications are being accepted at this time.)
- Option II
Designed for graduate students, who have obtained degrees from accredited institutions in subjects other than education. This option offers the opportunity for graduate students to do a year long internship in an urban setting and obtain certification in a secondary education field.
UTEP is committed to the development of "star" urban teachers as supported by the research on effective teaching in urban schools. The program ensures that pre-service teachers are exposed to best practice in urban teaching, through the collaborative mentorship of school-based and university-based faculty members.
Graduates of the program are given first consideration in hiring by the urban districts of East Chicago, Gary, and Hammond.