The Urban Teacher Preparation Program

The Urban Teacher Preparation (UTP) Program at CSUDH will help you earn a single subject teaching credential and a masters of Arts in Education in just 18 months. If you want to learn to teach history, math, science, English, music, foreign language, social science, or P.E., while earning a Masters in Education, and are passionate about making a real difference in our local schools, UTP will put you on the path to a life-changing career. The UTP program offers a number of unique benefits for students committed to improving educational opportunities for youth in surrounding urban communities.

Program Benefits

  • Earn a single subject credential in 18 months
  • Earn a Masters in Education, Instruction and Curriculum
  • Support with application, enrollment and fieldwork placement
  • Adjusted academic calendar
  • Emphasis on leadership skills
  • Placement assistance on successful completion of the credential

NEXT STEPS

The Urban Teacher Preparation (UTP) Program at Cal State Dominguez Hills Summer 2014 recruitment has closed.  Summer 2015 recruitment will open in the fall.

If you are interested in joining UTP and want to know if you are eligible, please download and complete the screening form below. You may submit the screening form via email, fax, or in person. If you are eligible for our program, we will invite you to our upcoming information session.

Contact Information:

Phone: 310-243-2337

Fax: 310-516-4280

Email: utpprogram@csudh.edu

Location: COE 1418

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who is this program tailored for?
  2. How do I know if I'm eligible for UTP?
  3. What are the program criteria?
  4. What makes UTP unique from other credential programs?
  5. What is the residency component of this program?

Who is this program tailored for?

The Urban Teacher Preparation Program (UTP) is designed for recent college graduates and mid-career professionals with a background in history, math, science, English, music, social science, foreign language, or P.E.

How do I know if I'm eligible for UTP?

If you are a recent college grad with a math or science background, a mid-career professional with substantial experience related to history, math, science, English, music, foreign language, social science, or P.E., or a paraprofessional with classroom experience of two or more years, you may be eligible to participate. Candidates who have completed substantial credential coursework, have extensive teaching experience as a long term sub, or already hold a teaching credential are not eligible. To find out if you are eligible, call us at (310) 243-2337 or email us at utpprogram@csudh.edu or click here to complete a screening form.

What are the program criteria?

  1. Bachelors Degree in a related field
  2. Minimum 3.0 GPA in your last 60 units
  3. Pass CBEST exam
  4. Meet Subject Matter Requirement (either through CSET or SMPP)
  5. Meet U.S. Constitution requirement
  6. Pass Interview with UTP Committee
  7. Above all, a passion for teaching!

What makes UTP unique from other credential programs?

UTP is a unique accelerated credential program that allows candidates to earn a single subject credential qualifying them to teach middle or high school history, math, science, English, social science, music, foreign language, or P.E., while also completing a master's degree in curriculum and instruction in 18 months.

What is the residency component of this program?

UTP candidates complete a year-long teaching residency in partnering schools under the close guidance of experienced mentor teachers. Inside real classrooms, interacting with real students, UTP residents build the tools and skills to become effective teachers in today's urban classroom.