The Urban Teacher Preparation Academy (UTPA) is one of the nation’s premier teacher preparation programs for candidates driven to make a difference in the lives of Oklahoma City Public Schools students. This unique partnership with Oklahoma City Public Schools and the Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools has recruited and trained approximately 100 certified teacher candidates since 2009. Currently, the consortium draws teacher candidates from three member universities: University of Central Oklahoma, University of Oklahoma, and Mid-American Christian University.
UTPA has three central guiding principles:
1. Enhance the preparation of pre-service teachers to better serve the diverse needs of students
in high need schools in urban environments;
2. Provide a richer, expanded set of clinical experiences for pre-service teachers; and
3. Provide induction support for new teachers in their first three years of employment with OKCPS
Applications are due on October 1 or March 1 of each academic year. Candidates are encouraged to apply the Fall prior to their student teaching semester.