Mission Statement: To provide high-quality clinical experiences in diverse, urban communities that support UWM teacher candidates’ learning, children’s growth and learning, professional development of educators, research opportunities and promote excellence, equity and diversity.
The Office of Clinical Experiences is responsible for arranging over 1,400 high-quality clinical experiences and student teaching placements each year. To support these placement efforts we:
- Collaborate with SOE and PSOA faculty.
- Establish and maintain partnerships with urban school districts and social agencies.
- Maintain contact with school-based educators.
- Consult with academic advising staff.
- Provide resources and training for cooperating teachers and university supervisors.
- Conduct orientations for Introduction to Teaching classes.
- Conduct student teachers orientations.
The Office of Clinical Experiences recently moved and is now located on the north hallway of the third floor of Enderis Hall.
Clinical Experiences in Urban Schools: UW-Milwaukee
The UWM School of Education (SOE) is proud to collaborate with urban school districts in southeastern Wisconsin. We take our urban mission seriously and expect that teacher candidates choose our programs because they desire to learn to teach in a diverse urban context.
As a teacher candidate you will have several cumulative clinical experiences in urban schools. These experiences provide “real-world” opportunities to learn how schools work, practice best teaching strategies and form professional relationships with young learners as well as experienced educators. You will also participate in a variety of courses and urban clinical experiences designed to promote your ability to effectively observe, reflect, plan, instruct and assess with individuals, small groups and whole classrooms. Descriptions and links follow that provide more detail regarding specific teacher education programs.
Introductory Teacher Education Courses, Clinical Experiences and Program Descriptions
Middle Childhood Early Adolescence (MCEA): The MCEA teacher education program serves teacher candidates who are interested in teaching children from 1st to 8th grades. To learn more, visit the Middle Childhood Early Adolescence (MCEA) website.
Early Adolescence to Adolescence (EAA): The EAA teacher education program serves teacher candidates who are interested in teaching adolescence from 6th to 12th grades. To learn more, visit the Early Adolescence to Adolescence (EAA) website.
World Languages (WL): The World Languages teacher education program serves teacher candidates who are interested in teaching foreign languages, bilingual or English as second language. To learn more, visit the World Languages (WL) website.
Exceptional Education Early Childhood Education (EX ED ECE): The EX ED ECE teacher education program serves teacher candidates who are interested in teaching special education children from birth to 8 years of age. To learn more, visit the Exceptional Education Early Childhood Education (EX ED ECE) website.
Exceptional Education Middle Childhood Early Adolescence (EX ED MCEA): The EX ED MCEA teacher education program serves teacher candidates who are interested in teaching special education children from 1st to 8th grades. To learn more, visit the Exceptional Education Middle Childhood Early Adolescence (EX ED MCEA) website.
Exceptional Education Early Adolescence to Adolescence (EX ED EAA): The EX ED EAA teacher education program serves teacher candidates who are interested in teaching adolescent special education from 6th to 12th grades. To learn more, please visit the Exceptional Education Early Adolescence to Adolescence (EX ED EAA) website.
Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH): The DHH teacher education program serves teacher candidates who are interested in teaching children from birth through 21 years of age who are deaf or hard of hearing. To learn more, please visit the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (DHH) website.
Criminal Background Check Requirements
In accordance with the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents and the Milwaukee Board of School Directors, all teacher candidates planning to participate in clinical experiences or student teaching in any school district must undergo a criminal records investigation once a year.
Students who fail their background check will be ineligible for a clinical experience or student teaching. Criminal Background Checks may be dropped off in Enderis Hall, Room 366 or mailed to:
UWM School of Education
Office of Clinical Experiences, Enderis Hall 366
PO Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201
Payment must be made through the Criminal Background Check Payment link below. Students currently enrolled in an Intro to Teaching course (CURRINS 300, 328, or 333) and current MPS employees are exempt from this fee.
Important Information for Students
A few days after submitting your paperwork, you may check the status of your Criminal Background Check application result by viewing your ‘To Do List’ in PAWS. If you have any questions or concerns, please email them to email@example.com using your UWM email account. We ask that you contact our office via this method to ensure compliance with all application privacy laws.
Tuberculosis Skin Test (TB Test)
The Wisconsin Department of Health requires that all students placed in schools provide evidence that they are free of TB. UWM teacher candidates must submit verification of a TB test taken within an 18 month period immediately preceding the starting date of the clinical experience. TB tests are valid for two years; however, some clinical sites require more recent TB testing.
UWM teacher candidates will be informed should a TB test need to be updated. TB tests are administered at the Norris Health Center on the UWM Campus. An appointment on a M, T, or W is necessary as TB test results are read two-three days after they are given. You can also get a skin test at your local doctor’s office or at some local drug stores.
Important Information for Students
A few days after submitting your paperwork, you may check the status of your TB test result by viewing your ‘To Do List’ in PAWS. If you have any questions or concerns, please email them to firstname.lastname@example.org using your UWM email account. We ask that you contact our office via this method to ensure compliance with all application privacy laws.
Clinical Experiences Handbook
For Teacher Candidates, Cooperating Teacher and Supervisors
The UWM School of Education Clinical Experience Handbook describes all roles, expectations and policies pertinent to teacher candidates, cooperating teacher and supervisors. The information contained in this handbook is under continuous revision and should be considered supplemental to more specific guidelines established by individual programs. Policies and procedures specific to individual programs are available in the Peck School of the Arts, the Departments of Curriculum and Instruction and Exceptional Education, as well as in the Office of Academic Services.
Student Teaching Application
During the spring semester of each academic year, UWM teacher candidates who want to student teach in the following academic year must submit an application to student teach along with a Professional Educator’s Resume.
Teacher Candidate Orientation
The mandatory Teacher Candidate Orientation for those planning to student teach during spring 2016 will take place on Thursday, January 21, 2016, from 8:30 am to approximately 4:30 pm, in Lubar Hall N140 and surrounding rooms.
The orientation will include:
- Professional and UWM Expectations;
- Legal Issues in Education;
- Child Abuse for Educators Workshop;
- Program specific breakout sessions with faculty advisers.
If you are planning to student teach during the spring 2016 semester and have not already taken part in the UWM Orientation, please plan your schedule accordingly to accommodate attendance on January 21.
The Office of Clinical Experiences is working with Milwaukee Public Schools and other districts in the area to secure placements. We will notify you of your placement details as soon as possible.
For those who will be completing their student teaching in the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District, a separate orientation will take place on Friday, January 16, 2016, from 8:30 am to 12:45 pm, at the West Allis-West Milwaukee School District Offices. Participation in the breakout sessions at the January 21 orientation at UWM is also required. More details will be available to West Allis-West Milwaukee teacher candidates as soon as it is available.
Also, if you received notification of being placed at a school which will already be in session at the time of the Orientation, please negotiate with your cooperating teacher time away from your placement so that you may take part in the event.
The following presentations from the fall 2015 Teacher Candidate Orientation are available on video:
Cooperating Teacher “Sign-Up” Process
Do you want to become a Cooperating Teacher? The UWM Office of Clinical Experiences is always interested in working with great classroom teachers who are willing to become teacher leaders and provide high-quality clinical experiences for UWM teacher candidates.
Supervision of Student Teaching Candidates Workshops
These workshops are co-sponsored by the UWM Office of Clinical Experiences and The Meemic Foundation.
Join us and complete the DPI requirement to be verified to host a teacher candidate!
There are two mandatory components to these workshops: The In Person session followed by an Online component which must be completed no later than two weeks after the In Person session.
Wednesday, December 9, 2015, 5:00 – 9:00 pm, Milwaukee Public Schools Professional Development Center at North Division High School – For ESL, Bilingual, and World Languages Teachers Only
Saturday, April 16, 2016, 9:00 am – Noon, UWM School of Continuing Education (Downtown) – Open to All Teachers
Saturday, April 16, 2016, Noon – 3:00 pm, UWM School of Continuing Education (Downtown) – Open to All Teachers
Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 4:30 – 7:30 pm, School of Continuing Education (Downtown) – Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association Members Only
Thursday, April 21, 2016, 4:30 – 7:30 pm, School of Continuing Education (Downtown) – Milwaukee Teachers’ Education Association Members Only
Cost and Credit Information
The non-credit option is FREE. Credit is available for the special pricing option of $168.57 (Undergraduate) and $324.59 (Graduate).
To sign up for the NON-CREDIT option, email the Office of Clinical Experiences at email@example.com no later two weeks prior to the In Person session you prefer.
To sign up for undergraduate or graduate credit, please visit:
Cooperating Teacher Focus Groups (Details TBA)
Supervisor Professional Development Opportunities (Details TBA)