UTeach Expansion Recognized as President Obama Spotlights Importance of Teachers in Improving U.S. Innovation

Jan. 7, 2010

AUSTIN, Texas — At a special event at the White House today (Jan 6.), President Barack Obama recognized the national replication of The University of Texas at Austin's UTeach program and the supporters of that replication.

"Our future depends on reaffirming America's role as the world's engine of scientific discovery and technological innovation, and that leadership tomorrow depends on how we educate our students today, especially in math, science, technology and engineering," said President Obama.

In announcing the expansion of his "Educate to Innovate" campaign, the president applauded several new public-private partnerships that will help meet the goal of moving American students from the middle to the top in science and math achievement over the next decade.

One of those exemplary partnerships is leading to the replication of the UTeach math and science teacher-preparation program, which began at The University of Texas at Austin in 1997, to 19 universities nationally.

Thirteen universities in nine states implemented UTeach programs during the 2008-2009 school year. A newly announced second cohort of six universities includes the University of Tennessee Knoxville, Middle Tennessee State University, the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs, University of Texas at Arlington, University of Texas at Tyler and Cleveland State University.

View a full list of UTeach replication sites.

Support and funding for these replications come from the UTeach Institute, the National Math and Science Initiative, the Texas High School Project, the Texas Education Agency, the Greater Texas Foundation, Exxon Mobil Corporation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation, Texas Instruments Foundation, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, the Tennessee Department of Education and other private philanthropy.

UTeach allows students to graduate in four years with both deep content knowledge in their major and a teaching certification. Ninety-two percent of UTeach graduates have become teachers, and 82 percent are still in the classroom after five years.

Enrollment in UTeach has nearly doubled nationally in just two years, attracting more than 2,100 math and science majors into the program.

Projections indicate that, by 2018, UTeach-like programs around the country will have produced an estimated 7,000 new math and science teachers, and those teachers will have affected more than one million students by 2017 and more than 20 million during the course of the new teachers' careers.

At The University of Texas at Austin, UTeach has graduated more than 500 students, and has more than doubled the number of math majors and increased by six times the number of science majors being certified as teachers at the university.

For more information, contact: Lee Clippard, Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, 512-232-0104.

3 Comments to "UTeach Expansion Recognized as President Obama Spotlights Importance of Teachers in Improving U.S. Innovation"

1.  Day kingsley said on Jan. 12, 2010

I believe in the president and the Americans for their hunger and desire to advance in technology and hope that other countries will follow this giant stride. God bless America.

2.  Gretchen Ritter said on Jan. 14, 2010

It is great to see this wonderful program recognized. Congratulations to Dean Rankin and Dr. Michael Marder on their success.

3.  E. A. said on Feb. 3, 2010

Very, very nice for the President to mention us. It surprises me that with all that is going on, his team still knows meaningful details such as these. Gotta love it.

Great job, UTeach! Making us, UT students, proud. :) )