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Prepare to teach secondary STEM through a NEW, streamlined UTeach pathway, UTeach Accelerate.

UTeach Accelerate prepares candidates for secondary STEM teaching in as little as one year of coursework, followed by a student teaching experience. This pathway combines streamlined coursework with intensive coaching and support. Through clinically-intensive coursework, candidates learn from expert UTeach faculty and master teachers how to engage ALL learners in STEM though inquiry- and project-based learning.

After 2 semesters of prepatory coursework, highly qualified candidates will be recommended for a full-time paid teaching position. During this year, students receive intensive UTeach support, as they complete educator preparation requirements and become fully certified. All candidates also have the option of the one-semester student teaching experience before becoming fully certified.

Need more information? Complete our interest form and we'll be in touch!


Now accepting applications for Fall 2021! 


IMPORTANT: To begin UTeach Accelerate, students must be also accepted to the University of Texas at Austin.

Several financial supports are available for students enrolling in UTeach Accelerate:


  • Degree awarded by the end of the second semester of Accelerate coursework or before
  • STEM major/degree or sufficient hours in a STEM field to meet UTeach content requirements
  • 2.5 cumulative GPA
  • Interested students who do not meet the GPA or STEM hours requirements should contact Dr. Ariel Taylor for more information about their options.
  • Interested current or former students who have successfully completed UTS 101, UTS 110, and EDC 365C and who meet the above requirements, should contact Dr. Ariel Taylor for more information about their options.


  • Scholarship recipients must be U.S. citizens or permanent resident aliens.


  • Submit the online application to UTeach, which includes:
    • Two essay questions
    • One letter of recommendation
    • Current resume
    • Unofficial transcript(s)
  • Due Dates:
    • November 20, 2020
  • Qualifying applicants will be invited to participate in an in-person interview within 2 weeks of the due date.
  • Students not currently admitted should apply to the University of Texas at Austin
    • Former UT students apply for readmission.
    • Students who have never been admitted to UT apply as transfer students.
      • This includes students who were admitted to UT Austin as transient students.
    • Students who miss a UT Austin application deadline should apply for spring 2022. These applications will receive consideration for fall 2021.

International Students

International students apply through the Graduate and International Admission Center and must meet all University of Texas at Austin application deadlines. 


UTeach Accelerate decisions are made immediately following the interview.

To begin the Accelerate pathway, all students must be admitted to the University of Texas at Austin.

Required Coursework

The times indicated below may vary. Refer to the course schedule for details each semester.

Fall I

  • UTS 211 — Secondary Teacher Education Prep: Advanced Steps
    • Tuesday, 3:00 - 6:00 p.m.
    • Fridays - 15 total hours of field-based experiences
  • EDC 365C — Knowing and Learning in Science and Mathematics
    • Thursday, 3 - 6 p.m.

Spring I

  • EDC 665 – Classroom Interactions & Project Based Instruction
    • Tuesday/Thursday, 1PM - 5PM
    • Monday - Friday 23.5 total hours of field-based experiences

All students take the following courses in either semester:

  • HIS 329U — Perspectives on Math and Science
  • Research Methods – one of the following
    • BIO 337-2
    • CH 368-1
    • PHY 341-7 

Students seeking Math, Math/Physics, or Math/Physical Science/Engineering take the following in either semester:

  • M 315C – Foundations, Functions, and Regression Models
  • M333L – Structure of Modern Geometry


  • Other coursework as needed, such as biology, chemistry, physics, etc.
  • Coursework can be taken at UT Austin or at a community college

Fall II and Spring II

  • EDC 651S – Secondary School Teaching Practicum – Math or Science
  • UTS 170 – Student Teaching Seminar

All students have the option to complete educator preparation through a 1-semester, unpaid student teaching experience. Following successful completion of this semester, students will be recommended for a standard certificate.

Students scoring exceptionally well on the observation protocol during the first two semesters will be put forward for a 2-semester, paid teaching position in a local district. Following successful completion of these 2 semesters, students will be recommended for a standard certificate.

IMPORTANT: While UTeach Accelerate will do everything possible to place eligible students in a paid internship year, we cannot guarantee a placement. The availability of such positions depends on the general pool of applicants and on availability at the district and campus levels, varying by subject matter as well. Flexibility in terms of districts and campuses will be important.


Please feel free to contact Dr. Ariel Taylor with questions about the UTeach Accelerate pathway.