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

Christie Peters
Christie Peters
OCE Director
Enderis 369
(414) 229-4352
peters19@uwm.edu

Anna Bierce
Anna Bierce
OCE Clinical Placement Specialist
Enderis 367
(414) 229-7327
bierce@uwm.edu

Corby Anderson
Corby Anderson
OCE Program Administration
Enderis 371
(414) 229-6033
andersoc@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.

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.
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) webpage.

Elementary Education: The Elementary Education teacher education program serves teacher candidates who are interested in teaching children from 1st to 8th grades. To learn more, visit the Elementary Education webpage.

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 respective program webpages.

English Education
Mathematics Education
Science Education
Social Studies Education

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) webpage.

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) webpage.

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) webpage.

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) webpage.

Note: The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction has recently approved changes to Special Education Licensure to include K4-grade 12 instead of the current license categories of Middle Childhood – Early Adolescence (MCEA, grades 1-8) and Early Adolescence – Adolescence (EAA, grades 6-12). The Special Education program is currently undergoing review to make the switch to K4-12. When we have received approval, we will post it here. Until then, please know that we are working to make the change to our license structure as soon as possible. Our MCEA and EAA programs will continue to accept applications and admit students in the meantime.

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. Note: This program is not accepting applications at this time.

Criminal Background Check Requirements

Due to the COVID‐19 pandemic, we are accepting only scanned and emailed submissions of paperwork until further notice. Paperwork will not be processed if it is mailed to or dropped off at campus.

Please email a legible scan (no photos please) of your Criminal Background Check application to clinical-ex@uwm.edu. Please complete all sections, including your signature and the date on which you sign the application. Milwaukee Public Schools, the agency that conducts all background checks for the School of Education, will not process incomplete applications.

The Criminal Background Check application is available here:

Criminal Background Check Application (DOC)

A few days after submitting your paperwork, you may check the status of any submitted item by viewing your ‘To Do List’ in PAWS.

Just a reminder… The Criminal Background Check application fee of thirteen dollars must be paid before we can process your application. Paying the application fee and submitting the completed application to the Office of Clinical Experiences are two separate processes. To pay this fee via credit or debit card, visit https://uwm.universitytickets.com/w/event.aspx?id=1362.

Please note: The University Tickets payment application refers to Tickets, but this is indeed making payment for your CBC fee.

Students in Intro to Teaching (Currins 300) DO NOT pay this fee via University Tickets. Intro to Teaching students will be billed for this fee by way of the Tuition and Fees statements.

If you have any questions, email us from your UWM or university email account at clinical-ex@uwm.edu. This will ensure that we are communicating with the appropriate person and it will allow our office to serve you better.

Tuberculosis Skin Test (TB Test)

Due to the COVID‐19 pandemic, we are accepting only scanned and emailed submissions of paperwork until further notice. Paperwork will not be processed if it is mailed to or dropped off at campus.

A TB test can be obtained through your health care provider, through national pharmacies such as CVS or Walgreens, or on campus through the Norris Health Center. To make an appointment at Norris, call (414) 229-4716.

Be sure to keep a copy of any TB test result that you provide to our office. We cannot provide duplicate documentation to you later. Once you have your TB test result, email a legible scan (no photos please) to clinical-ex@uwm.edu.

A few days after submitting your paperwork, you may check the status of any submitted item by viewing your ‘To Do List’ in PAWS.

If you have any questions, email us from your UWM or university email account at clinical-ex@uwm.edu. This will ensure that we are communicating with the appropriate person and it will allow our office to serve you better.

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 2021-2022

All students wishing to student teach in the 2021‐2022 school year must obtain approval to student teach. Students obtain approval by submitting this Student Teaching Application and the required documents by the appropriate date identified below. Failure to submit your request by the correct date could postpone your student teaching.

February 5, 2021 Deadline

Students wishing to student teach in Fall 2021 in the following programs:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education students currently in Professional Semester 3 (Spring 2021)
  • Social Studies
  • World Languages
  • Exceptional Education

April 30, 2021 Deadline

Students wishing to student teach in Spring 2022 in the following programs:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education students currently in Professional Semester 2 (Spring 2021)
  • English – Middle School Fieldwork/Student Teaching
  • Exceptional Education
  • MACSTEP
  • PLUS Program
  • World Languages

To apply, please fill out the Student Teaching Application.

Spring 2021 Teacher Candidate Orientation

There are two components to this orientation:

  1. Online Qualtrics Survey – The survey link will be sent on December 3rd, 2020. Teacher candidates must complete the survey component no later than January 7th, 2021 by 11:59 pm. Completion reports will be sent to your program director.
  2. An online Zoom meeting on January 14th, 2021 from 9:00 – 11:00 am. Attendance at the January 14th Zoom meeting will be monitored. Attendance reports will be shared with program directors as well.

Completion of both components is mandatory for all spring School of Education and Peck School of the Arts student teaching candidates in the following experiences:

  • Middle Level Fieldwork/Student Teaching
  • Professional Semester 4, Student Teaching
  • Student Teaching
  • TEII and TEIII

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your program director.

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, Pages 18 – 19 (PDF)

WIP Intern Fee Payment

Payment Information

The WIP Intern Fee is $200.00. If you have been approved, placed and started working in a WIP intern clinical placement, this fee must be paid. The fee covers the additional cost incurred by UWM School of Education to participate in the WIP Intern program. Collecting this fee directly from participants allows us to participate in and offer paid internships instead of standard student teaching placements.

Pay online using credit/debit card by visiting https://uwm.universitytickets.com/w/event.aspx?id=1380.

Please note: The University Tickets payment application refers to Tickets, but this is indeed making payment for your WIP Intern Fee.