Alec Buckley, from Clarendon Hills, Illinois outside Chicago, heard Michigan State University was among the nation’s best for teacher education. The program surpassed his expectations: “When people say you get a lot of experience through Michigan State, I would say that that’s an understatement.” Watch his story.
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The Urban Teacher Preparation Academy is a one-of-a-kind, urban-needs focused teacher preparation program for candidates driven to make a difference in the urban teaching environment. UTPA trains teacher candidates from University of Central Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma; a consortium that partners with Oklahoma City Public Schools to provide unique learning experiences and personal growth opportunities for pre-service and new teachers.

Applications are available every August for those who are ready to student teach in the following fall. Please call (405) 974-5144 or email Karyn Hutchens at if you have additional questions.