Teacher Pathways

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Experts estimate that the United States will need 100,000 more math and science teachers by 2020 to ensure that students are prepared to solve our toughest challenges and thrive in the 21st century. To address this need, NMSI partnered with the UTeach Institute at The University of Texas at Austin to expand the innovative UTeach teacher preparation program to universities across the country. The program enables undergraduate students majoring in STEM fields to earn secondary teaching certification without adding cost or time to their four-year degrees.
The UTeach model is a unique partnership between colleges of science and education that equips prospective teachers with deep content knowledge in their STEM discipline and pedagogical strategies that promote student mastery of core concepts and principles. Since 2007, the national UTeach network has expanded to include 44 universities across 22 states and the District of Columbia.


  • Focused curriculum that connects math and science content with teaching best practices
  • Early and intensive teaching experience beginning in UTeach students’ first year, as outlined in the UTeach Elements of Success
  • Comprehensive support for new graduates, including participation in NMSI’s Laying the Foundation
  • Ongoing mentoring and guidance from highly experienced master teachers


  • A recent independent study found that students of UTeach teachers perform significantly better on end-of-course secondary math and science exams. Learn more on Our Impact page
  • The UTeach Institute projects that more than 7,000 UTeach graduates will be produced by 2022 and that these teachers will reach more than four million students