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 clinical experiences we:

  • Collaborate with SOE and PSOA faculty.
  • Establish and maintain partnerships with urban school districts.
  • 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.
  • Facilitate student teaching orientation day.

Contact Us

Christine Anderson
OCE Co-Director
(414) 229-4352

Corby Anderson
OCE Administrative Assistant
(414) 229-6033

Jennifer Vitrano
OCE Interim Placement Specialist
(414) 229-6663

Linda Tiezzi Waldera
OCE Co-Director
(414) 229-4352

Request for Student Teaching Placement

Request Deadlines

February 7, 2014
Students wishing to student teach in Fall 2014 in the following programs:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence – Block III students
  • World Languages

April 25, 2014
Students wishing to student teach in Spring 2015 in the following programs:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • English – Middle School Fieldwork/Student Teaching
  • Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence – Block II students
  • Social Studies – Middle School Fieldwork/Student Teaching
  • World Languages

Please be sure to apply at the correct date. Failure to do so will delay or postpone your student teaching placement.

Request for Student Teaching Placement (PDF)

Clinical Experiences Handbook

Clinical Experiences Policies and Procedures Handbook

The purpose of this handbook is to provide you with information regarding field experiences and student teaching in the School of Education and the Peck School of the Arts.

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 Departments of Curriculum and Instruction and Exceptional Education, as well as in the Office of Academic Services.

Clinical Experiences Policies and Procedures Handbook (PDF)

Criminal Background Check

In accordance with the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents and the Milwaukee Board of School Directors, all students planning to participate in clinical field experience/student teaching in Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS) must undergo a criminal records investigation once a year.

Students who fail to do so will be ineligible for a field experience/student teaching placement. 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.

Criminal Background Check Application (PDF)

Fall 2014 Student Teacher Orientation

All students planning to student teach during the fall of 2014 must attend the mandatory Student Teacher Orientation which will be held on Thursday, August 21, 2014.

This will be an all-day event in Lubar Hall. Complete details will be available soon.

For more information, please contact the Clinical Experiences Office at (414) 229-6033 or clinical-ex@uwm.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Field and Student Teaching Experiences

Intro to Teaching

Intro to Teaching Fact Sheet (PDF)


English Student Teaching Fact Sheet (PDF)
English Mid-Level Fact Sheet (PDF)


Math Student Teaching Fact Sheet (PDF)
Math Middle Level Fieldwork Fact Sheet (PDF)

Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (1-8 Certification Area)

The following documents show an overview of the courses students are taking at UWM, the days the students will be in your classroom, and general expectations. These students are placed in pairs to do their fieldwork and are expected to bring more detailed information when they arrive in your classroom.

Grades 1 and 2 – Block I (PDF)
Grades 3, 4, or 5 – Block II (PDF)
Grades 6, 7 or 8 – Block III (PDF)

Early Childhood Education (Pre K-Grade 3 Certification Area)

Students are placed in pairs and come do fieldwork one morning per week for approximately three hours. UWM students are expected to come with detailed information for you.

Pre-K through K – First Field Experience (PDF)
Grades 1 through 3 – Second Field Experience (PDF)


Science Mid-Level Fact Sheet (PDF)

Social Studies

Social Studies Student Teaching Fact Sheet (PDF)
Social Studies Middle Level Fieldwork Fact Sheet (PDF)


ExEd MCEA TEI Fact Sheet (PDF)
ExEd MCEA TEII Fact Sheet (PDF)
ExEd MCEA TEIII Fact Sheet (PDF)

Supervision of Student Teaching Workshop

Join us and complete the DPI requirement to be verified to host a student teacher!

Our workshops are offered generally once a semester. The date of the next workshop is to be determined. If you would like to be notified of the next offering, please contact the Clinical Experiences Office at (414) 229-6033 or clinical-ex@uwm.edu.

We will add your name to the list of interested educators and email you the moment our next workshop is scheduled.

There is no charge for the non-credit option. Undergraduate or graduate credit is available. Current UWM students may register through PAWS. The course is ‘Currins 593, Lecture 141 – Supervision of Student Teaching.’ Regular tuition and fees apply. Participants may also register for credit the day of the event.

Becoming a Cooperating Teacher

UWM could not successfully graduate new educators with out the help of area teachers. Please contact us at clinical-ex@uwm.edu if you’d like information on how to become a cooperating teacher.