Welcome to the Urban Teacher Education Program (UTEP)

The Urban Teacher Education Program (UTEP) is experience-rich, field-based and leads to teacher licensing in selected areas through undergraduate and graduate programs, Option I and Option II respectively.  Merrillville Community School District became a partner district in 2010.

  • Designed for graduate students who have obtained degrees from accredited institutions in subjects other than education. This option offers the opportunity for graduate students to do a year long internship in an urban setting and obtain certification in a secondary education field.

UTEP is committed to the development of "star" urban teachers as supported by the research on effective teaching in urban schools. The program ensures that pre-service teachers are exposed to best practice in urban teaching, through the collaborative mentorship of school-based and university-based faculty members.


Graduates of the program are given first consideration in hiring by the urban districts of East Chicago, Gary, and Hammond.

For more information, visit theEducationpage on the IU Northwest Bulletin.

Office Hours

Monday ‑ Friday:
8:30 ‑ 5:00


Phone Number

(219) 980‑6510

Fax Number

(219) 981‑4208

Mailing Address

IU Northwest
Urban Teacher Education Program (UTEP)
Hawthorn Hall, Room 354
3400 Broadway
Gary, Indiana 46408

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