Support for Teachers

Strong schools start with strong teachers.

Preparing city teachers

The University of Chicago Urban Teacher Education Program (UChicago UTEP) prepares students to become successful teachers—and eventually teacher leaders—in urban elementary schools and high schools. A program of the Urban Education Institute, UChicago UTEP is a two-year academic program that leads to a Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) degree and teaching certification.

Strengthening education in math and science

The Center for Elementary Mathematics and Science Education supports high-quality instruction and learning in mathematics and science. By conducting research, creating useful tools and programs, and providing direct support to school leaders and administrators, CEMSE seeks to improve and enhance mathematics and science instruction across the nation.

In addition, our Seminars for Elementary Specialists and Mathematics Educators (SESAME) program offers professional development courses for teachers in the Chicago Public Schools. And Argonne National Laboratory, one of the U.S. Department of Energy’s largest national laboratories for science and engineering research, offers scientific learning opportunities to professionals and students of all ages.

Training in area studies

Several University programs give Chicago-area educators the resources they need to teach effectively about specific parts of the world.

The Center for East Asian Studies

The Center for East Asian Studies helps K-12 educators identify activities, materials, speakers, and experiences that provide information about East Asia for the classroom.

The Center for East European and Russian/Eurasian Studies

The center, known as CEERES, coordinates instruction and facilitate research about Russia/Eurasia and Eastern/Central Europe, including the Baltic States, Balkans, Caucasus, and Central Asia.

The Center for International Studies

The Center for International Studies (CIS) sponsors and coordinates a wide variety of activities related to research, teaching, curriculum, and public outreach on global and international topics.

The Center for Latin American Studies

CLAS offers Teachers' Workshop, an ongoing outreach series that helps high school educators facilitate the study of Latin America in the classroom.

The Center for Middle Eastern Studies

This center's Public Education Project offers opportunities for secondary-level teachers and educators to discuss important aspects of teaching about the Middle East and Islamic world and a series of workshops for post-secondary level educators on pedagogy, materials, and technology.

South Asia Language and Area Center

This is one of the leading centers for the study of Southern Asia. Countries in which we have scholarly expertise include South Asia, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka; and in Southeast Asia, Burma (Myanmar), Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Tibet (as an autonomous region), and Vietnam.