Undergraduate Programs

Urban Teacher Education Program (UTEP)

UTEP is an undergraduate 30-credit course of study leading to New Jersey secondary teacher certification. UTEP develops middle and high school teacher candidates through nine courses, including a year-long clinical experience in an urban classroom.

We offer certification in the following areas: Biological Science, Chemistry, Earth Science, English, Mathematics, Physical Science, Physics, Portuguese, Social Studies, Spanish, Technology Education (NJIT students only).

UTEP Mission:

UTEP develops teacher candidates who champion exciting and innovative learning environments to better serve racially, ethnically, economically, and linguistically diverse student populations.

To accomplish our mission, we ensure that our teacher candidates have obtained a satisfactory level of mastery of our 6 principles of teaching known as SUPER 6:

  • Principle 1: Subject Matter and Curriculum Aptitude
  • Principle 2: Understanding Your Learners
  • Principle 3: Pedagogical Content Knowledge
  • Principle 4: Evaluation of Achievement
  • Principle 5: Readiness for Establishing and Maintaining Effective Learning Environments
  • Principle 6: Educational Professonalism 

Our teacher candidates are provided with opportunities to become proactive, effective citizens who demonstrate the importance of social responsibility to the greater community throughout their experiences in the program. 

Unique to UTEP is our commitment to urban schools in general, Newark Public Schools (NPS) and Jersey City Public Schools (JCPS) in particular.  Our mission statement is infused throughout our Secondary Education Program and mirrors both New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards and TEAC’s goals for preparing competent, caring, and qualified educators. 

Check out this video clip of UTEP graduate, Ms. Mariam Younan. Mariam Younan is a graduate of the Urban Teacher Education Program at Rutgers-Newark. Mariam currently teaches English at Barringer High School in Newark. In this short interview she gives us a look into her classroom and what motivates her to be a great teacher



Department of Urban Education
110 Warren Street, Bradley Hall - 1st Floor, Room 151, Newark, NJ 07102
Phone: 973-353-3528