Meet the Texas universities partnering with the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers

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The research is clear, teachers have the most significant impact on student success. Therefore, the long-term success of our communities and our state is inextricably linked to the quality of our teacher workforce. At the Charles Butt Foundation we believe in a future Texas where every student, in every classroom across the state, has an effective teacher every year.

In 2017, we launched the Raising Texas Teachers program to address the crisis faced by the teaching profession in Texas and strive toward a Texas where every new teacher, regardless of their pathway into teaching, is adequately prepared to meet the needs of their students on day one. Our deep partnerships with university-based teacher preparation programs seek to raise the overall quality of teacher preparation across the state by promoting continuous improvement in the field.

We partner with 20 university-based educator preparation programs across Texas to deliver the Charles Butt Scholarship for Aspiring Teachers. Faculty teams from each institution are also part of our University Partnerships work through the Raising Texas Teachers program.

As university partners, each institution is committed to four pillars of a strong teacher preparation program:

  1. Continuous improvement
  2. Partnerships with school districts
  3. Rigorous clinical preparation
  4. Performance-based progression

While all 20 programs align with the values of the Charles Butt Scholarship and the Raising Texas Teachers program, each has a unique focus and eligibility criteria – some prepare educators for shortage subject areas like bilingual education, special education, or math and science, and others are general education programs or offer a Master of Arts in Teaching.

Click the links below to learn more about each of our university-based educator preparation programs partners and the incredible work they are doing to strengthen the Texas teacher workforce. Each program page also celebrates the current Charles Butt Scholars and Scholar Alumni who are part of this program and network of Texas educators.

  1. Our Lady of the Lake University 
  2. Rice University 
  3. Sam Houston State University 
  4. Southern Methodist University
  5. Tarleton State University 
  6. Texas A&M University 
  7. Texas A&M University – Commerce 
  8. Texas A&M University – Texarkana 
  9. Texas State University 
  10. Texas Tech University – Lubbock & TechTeach Across Texas 
  11. Trinity University 
  12. University of Houston 
  13. University of North Texas at Dallas 
  14. University of Texas at Austin College of Education 
  15. University of Texas at Dallas UTeach Programs 
  16. University of Texas El Paso 
  17. University of Texas Rio Grande Valley 
  18. University of Texas San Antonio 
  19. University of Texas UTeach Natural Sciences
  20. University of the Incarnate Word