School of Education

Urban Teacher Opportunity Partnerships Program (UTOPP) Office

Vision: The Urban Teacher Opportunity Partnerships Program Office equips teachers to maximize the learning potential of all students.

Mission: The office of Urban Teaching and Learning equips prospective and in-service teachers with educational experiences that enable them to:

  • Compassionately address the educational needs of all students within high needs urban environments
  • Build student confidence by setting high expectations and promoting educational excellence, and
  • Serve as advocates to impact the potential of current and future generations of learners.

About Us

The UTOPP Office:

  • Facilitates student participation in internships, extra field placements, and professional development and support designed for urban education.
  • Establishes collegial relationships with veteran teachers to become part of an urban teaching networking community.
  • Increases the quality and quantity of educators prepared to teach in high-need urban schools to benefit the community
  • Manages the TOC II grant for funding covering up to 30% of graduate level tuition and provides a 5% undergraduate tuition discount to eligible Nazareth students pursuing teaching degrees (see more information below).

TOC II Grant for School of Education Students

Who’s eligible
What it funds
How to apply: Undergraduates
How to apply: Graduate Students
Criteria for selection

TOC II is supported in part by funds from the New York State Education Department.

More Urban Education Work

Nazareth's Frontier Center for Urban Education also supports quality urban education by offering professional development for teachers, urban fieldwork placements for Nazareth students, and student projects in Rochester schools. 

Prepared for Success

99% of teachers who participated in this grant program continue to work in urban education as teachers and administrators 5 years later.