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UTeach Urban Teachers is a three semester program that prepares UT students from many different majors across the university to teach secondary English Language Arts or Social Studies. UTeach Urban Teachers (UTUT) is looking for smart, passionate, committed individuals to join world-class faculty and brilliant classroom teachers in learning experiences that prioritize recognizing the diverse linguistic and cultural resources students bring into the classroom. Through UTUT, teacher candidates will re-imagine what it means to teach literacy and democracy in today's world, making the future of education more equitable and moving society toward social justice.

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The UTeach Urban Teachers undergraduate certificate program is only for degree-seeking students enrolled at UT, and also counts as an academic minor in education. Students with relevant coursework in many different majors are encouraged to apply. Learn more about the undergraduate application process here.

There is also a Master's plus certification program in which graduate participants delve deeper into educational theory and critical pedagogies, earning an M.Ed. degree and Texas teacher certification with ESL endorsement.


The UTeach Urban Teachers program is for UT undergraduate students who are working towards degrees in many different majors. Students choose a concentration in English Language Arts (ELA) or Social Studies (SS), and take 18 hours of coursework in their concentration through the College of Education's Department of Curriculum and Instruction.

The program is designed to support English and Social Studies teacher candidates as they develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions to support teaching and learning in all classrooms, particularly those that are linguistically and culturally diverse. Teacher candidates will gain research-based and practical knowledge of teaching through coursework and field experience that takes place in urban secondary schools.

UT students apply in the spring of junior year to start during rising senior summer with a full-time paid teaching internship with Breakthrough Austin and two foundational UT courses. In the fall of senior year, there is one required methods course (in ELA or SS) that requires an internship in a local urban school (45 hours, spread across the semester). During your last semester, the commitment is full-time as you complete the student teaching requirement, attend a practicum course, and take your certification exams.

Faculty will review students' transcripts and may require that some applicants plan to take an additional course or two to support subject area learning.

Students are encouraged to work with their advisers to plan ahead if they would like to participate in the UTUT program during their senior year.


UTeach Urban Teachers prepares English Language Arts and Social Studies educators to build upon the cultural and linguistic diversity of their future students and to work for a better, more just social world.

Students become excellent teachers for young people in any context, but pay special attention to youth who represent the American majority—those from low-income, racially and linguistically diverse backgrounds.


  • Enthusiastic about becoming teachers
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Desire to support communities, and make a difference for young people
  • Passionate about literacy and democracy
  • Enjoy working in a social environment
  • Lifelong learner
  • Organized, thoughtful, and detail-oriented