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

Kristen Taylor
Enderis 369
OCE Director
(414) 229-4352
gurtner@uwm.edu

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

Kimberly R. Jacobson
OCE Placement Specialist
Enderis 367
(414) 229-7327
jacobso2@uwm.edu

Nathan Joynt
OCE Graduate Assistant
nrjoynt@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

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 at the lockbox outside Enderis Hall, Room 367 or mailed to:

UWM School of Education
Office of Clinical Experiences, Enderis Hall 367
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) and current MPS employees are exempt from this fee.

Criminal Background Check Application (PDF)

Criminal Background Check Payment

To ensure the best process for submitting your CBC fee via ePayment, be sure to use the most recent version of your preferred browser.

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 clinical-ex@uwm.edu 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 clinical-ex@uwm.edu 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.

Clinical Experiences Policies and Procedures Handbook (PDF)

Student Teaching Application 2018-2019

All students wishing to student teach in the 2018-2019 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 2, 2018 Deadline
Students wishing to student teach in Fall 2018 in the following programs:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence Program students currently in Currins 406: Advanced MCEA Clinical Experience
  • Social Studies
  • World Languages

April 27, 2018 Deadline
Students wishing to student teach in Spring 2019 in the following programs:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • English – Middle School Fieldwork/Student Teaching
  • MACSTEP
  • Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence Program students currently in Currins 307: MCEA Clinical Experience, Grades 4-8
  • World Languages

To complete the online Student Teaching Application, click on the following link:

Fall 2018 – Spring 2019 Student Teaching Application

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Clinical Experiences at clinical-ex@uwm.edu.

Fall 2018 Teacher Candidate Orientation – edTPA

The first part of the student teaching orientation was online. Fall 2018 student teachers should have completed this part by now. The second part of student teaching orientation is focused on the edTPA and is an in person experience. In the past, students have stated that this session was most helpful in getting them set up to complete and pass the edTPA. We have scheduled two sessions for edTPA Orientation. The night session is designed for teacher candidates who have a fall placement in an early start school or are in on the job placements. The day session is for all other students. Please plan to attend this orientation in person.

If you cannot attend either edTPA session, you must contact your program director to make up this experience.

Night Session (for those placed in early start schools or who are on the job)
Wednesday, August 22, 2018, 4:30 – 7:30 pm
Lubar Hall N146

Day Session (for all other students)
Thursday, August 23, 2018, 8:30 am – 12:30 pm
Lubar Hall N146

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.

The next workshop is August 1, 2018 at the MTEA, 5130 W Vliet St, Milwaukee, WI 53208 from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. A follow-up activity that will take approximately 4 hours to complete is also required.

Each participant will receive a letter/certificate that demonstrates completion which will allow service as a cooperating teacher for any institution in Wisconsin. To sign up for this workshop, please respond to the following survey:

Supervision of Student Teaching Seminar

Coffee and donuts will be provided by the Meemic Foundation. The Meemic Foundation supports educators across Wisconsin, Michigan and Illinois with grants. Please join the foundation here: https://www.meemic.com. You will not receive spam mail. You will receive occasional emails that alert you to new grant opportunities.

If you have any questions about this offering, please contact Dr. Kristen Taylor, gurtner@uwm.edu, (414) 229-4352.

WIP Intern Fee Payment

To pay the fee, visit the WIP Intern Fee Payment webpage.