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.

Contact Us

Christine Anderson
OCE Co-Director
(414) 229-4352
anders10@uwm.edu

Corby Anderson
OCE Program Administration
(414) 229-6033
andersoc@uwm.edu

Kimberly Jackson
OCE Placement Specialist
(414) 229-7327
jacobso2@uwm.edu

Jennifer Vitrano
OCE Graduate Assistant
(414) 229-6663
vitrano2@uwm.edu

Linda Tiezzi Waldera
OCE Co-Director
(414) 229-4352
ltw@uwm.edu

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

Introduction to Teaching (CURRINS 300)
This introductory course and combined clinical experience are designed to introduce prospective educators to the profession. Both the coursework and clinical experience highlight UWM’s School of Education focus on urban schools. A major outcome is answering the question, “Do I want to become a teacher for urban schools?” The clinical experience offers prospective educators an opportunity to work within an urban school classroom for 30 hours and to serve the school for 10 hours. A Criminal Background Check (CBC) and TB Test result must be on file in the UWM Office of Clinical Experiences before any school placement is confirmed.
Introduction to Teaching (CURRINS 333)
This introductory course and combined clinical experience is for prospective educators who intend to pursue Middle Childhood Early Adolescence (MCEA), 1st through 8th grades, teacher education program. The coursework and clinical experience highlight UWM’s School of Education focus on urban schools. A major outcome is answering the question, “Do I want to become a teacher for urban schools?” The clinical experience offers prospective educators an opportunity to work within an urban school classroom for 30 hours and to serve the school for 10 hours. A Criminal Background Check (CBC) and TB Test result must be on file in the UWM Office of Clinical Experiences before any school placement is confirmed.
Introduction to the Teaching of Math and Science in Middle and High Schools (CURRINS 328)
This introductory course and combined clinical experience serve prospective teachers who are interested in teaching math or science at the middle and/or high school levels. The course explores math and science teaching through developing some foundational teaching strategies and working with students in middle and high schools during a 50 hour clinical experience. A Criminal Background Check (CBC) and TB Test result must be on file in the UWM Office of Clinical Experiences before any school placement is confirmed.
UWM School of Education Teacher Education Program Descriptions
Early Childhood Education (ECE): The ECE teacher education program serves teacher candidates who are interested in teaching children from birth to 8 years of age. To learn more, visit the Early Childhood Education (ECE) website.

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 209 or mailed to:

UWM School of Education
Office of Clinical Experiences
PO Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201

A $12 check or money order payable to UWM School of Education is required. Students currently enrolled in CURRINS 300 and current MPS employees are exempt from this fee.

Clinical Background Check Process (PDF)

Criminal Background Check Application (PDF)

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.  

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.

Clinical Experiences Policies and Procedures Handbook (PDF)

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.

Student Teaching Application & Suggested Formats 2015-16 (PDF)

Student Teaching Orientation

An orientation is held before the start of each semester for those who will being their student teaching. The following presentations are offered at each event:

  • Child Abuse for Educators Workshop
  • Legal Issues for Educators
  • Your Job Search
  • Membership in Professional Organizations
  • Program specific breakout sessions with faculty advisors

Student teachers find these orientations very helpful. It is a great send off!

Please check with your specific teacher education program to learn about attendance requirements.

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.

Cooperating Teacher Requirements (PDF)

Upcoming Events

Spring 2015 Student Teacher Orientation
Wednesday, January 21, 2015, 8:30am to 4:30pm, UWM

Fall 2015 Student Teaching Application Deadline
Friday, February 6, 2015

Supervision of Student Teaching Workshop – MPS Teachers Only
Saturday, April 18, 2015, 9:00am to 4:00pm, New Educator Center at North Division High School

Spring 2016 Student Teaching Application Deadline
Friday, April 24, 2015

IUE Summer Institute
Tuesday-Thursday, August 11-13, 2015 (More details TBA)

Cooperating Teacher Focus Groups (Details TBA)

Supervisor Professional Development Opportunities (Details TBA)