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

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Amy Gutowski
ACCESS WIP Internship Placement Specialist
UWM Guest Student Teacher/Intern Program Coordinator
Enderis 365
alg5@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.

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.

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 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

Due to the COVID‐19 situation, 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. 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 and Currins 328) 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 situation, 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.

TB tests are not being offered through Norris Health Center until further notice. If you choose to obtain a test from another provider, including your own primary care clinic, you will need to check on testing availability.

If you have a 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 2020-2021

All students wishing to student teach in the 2020‐2021 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.

April 24, 2020 Deadline

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

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Elementary Education students currently in Professional Semester 2 (Spring 2020)
  • English – Middle School Fieldwork/Student Teaching
  • Exceptional Education
  • MACSTEP
  • PLUS Program
  • World Languages

To apply, please fill out the Student Teaching Application.

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)

Supervision of Student Teaching Seminar

The Meemic Foundation
This workshop is co-sponsored by the UWM Office of Clinical Experiences and The Meemic Foundation (www.MeemicFoundation.org) and designed to prepare hosting cooperating teachers with an understanding of their role in the development of future teachers. Content includes the evaluation process, providing effective feedback and edTPA information. Workshops are offered each quarter.

Our next workshop is coming soon. More information to follow once details are available.

If you have any questions about this offering, please call (414) 229-4352.

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.