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February 10, 2021

Will I have a field or student teaching placement with a district in the spring of 2021?

  • If your program requires a field or student teaching placement, you will be offered a supervised placement. Some placements will be virtual and some will be face to face. All placements will meet DPI guidelines in a district in the area.
  • The placement experience may change during the semester due to state or district responses to the coronavirus. The method of instruction could be in person, hybrid, or virtual at any time during the placement. For example, you may start in person, but move to a virtual version (or vice versa) if the school decides to change their method of delivery during the semester.

Will I be required to complete a Criminal Background Check (CBC) prior to beginning my placement even if it is virtual?

  • All students are required to have an up-to-date CBC.
  • To be sure your CBC is current, please check your PAWS account.
  • The exception to this requirement is students enrolled in CURRINS 300 for the spring of 2021.

Will I be required to complete a TB test?

  • All students are required to have an up-to-date TB test.
  • The exception to this requirement is students enrolled in CURRINS 300 for the spring of 2021.

What do remote field experiences and student teaching experiences involve?

  • Candidates will engage in online instruction during their experiences. The exact nature of that instruction varies by district.
  • Candidates are expected to adhere to all online protocols and policies active in their assigned district and school. Please be sure to ask your cooperating teacher for both.
  • All experiences will be supervised and meet DPI expectations for licensure.
  • Remote teaching may include but not be limited to the following:
    • teaching online from your home
    • teaching online from your cooperating teacher’s classroom
    • use of a variety of teaching platforms (e.g., Google Classroom)
    • login verification protocols

How do I access and engage in my remote field or student teaching experience?

  • Districts have different policies and employ a variety of platforms. You will learn the specifics from your cooperating teacher, school principal or school technology specialist after you are placed.
  • Candidates are expected to adhere to all online protocols and policies active in their assigned district and school. Please be sure to ask your cooperating teacher for both.
  • If you have limited access to technology or connectivity, please inform your instructor and/or supervisor. Candidates should also take advantage of campus support through the UWM Campus Technology webpage.

Will remote field and student teaching experiences allow me to meet all DPI requirements for licensure?

  • UW-Milwaukee teacher education programs have worked closely with DPI to ensure that all field and student teaching experiences will meet DPI requirements. Specifically, the number of hours/days in the field and observations will be met during your placement.
  • All candidates will be supervised by cooperating teachers and supervisors who meet all DPI guidelines for their roles.

Will seminar courses related to field or student experiences be held online or face to face in spring?

  • Candidates should refer to the schedule of classes for their particular course.

Will supervisors make in-person or remote site visits in the spring of 2021?

  • Supervisors will follow district guidelines to determine whether the site visit will be face-to-face or remote.
  • All supervisors will ensure that candidates are observed in ways sanctioned by DPI and supportive of their professional development.
  • Some districts only allow teachers and student teachers in the building. In those cases, supervisors will not be able to visit candidates in the field and will supervise remotely.
  • Candidates are encouraged to work closely with their supervisors to set up the best option for their placement.

What policies and guidelines should I follow regarding the COVID-19 pandemic?

  • Candidates need to be aware of several levels of policies and guidelines and adhere to them. They include:
  • If candidates are confused, they should first reach out to their supervisor.
  • If candidates are concerned about their safety in any field or student teaching experience that is located at a school, they should immediately contact their UWM supervisor or instructor [as appropriate to your program]. UWM Supervisor/instructor should communicate the student concern directly to program leader and OCE Director, Christie Peters. OCE Director will collaborate with program to address concern within 24-48 hours.

What if I have more questions or concerns? Is there someone I can talk to?

  • Candidates should start with their instructors. They will be able to address your concerns within the context of your field or student teaching experience. If the instructor does not immediately know the answer to your question, they will assist you in finding the answers.
  • With certainty you should know that the faculty in your programs are committed to making your field and student teaching experience a successful and educative time for you as a developing professional. The best thing you can do is raise your concerns and questions.
  • Please remember that the pandemic is new to all of us. DPI, districts, teachers and all of us are doing our best to negotiate this fluid landscape.

May 27, 2020

Is Norris Health Center offering TB tests?

Yes, the health center will be offering TB tests this summer by appointment only.  There is no walk-in testing available.  Fees for the test are $15, if you are enrolled in classes this summer, and $25 if you are not.

April 7, 2020

Can I use UWM’s credit/no credit option for grading for eligible courses this spring without impacting the GPA requirements for licensure program admission, content GPA requirements, and licensure endorsement?

Yes. Where the credit/no credit option is available, you can take that option without jeopardizing the GPA requirements. This applies only to Spring 2020 semester.  Please contact your academic advisor with any questions.


I want to apply for Spring 2021 Student Teaching. Since clinics are closed, how should I handle obtaining a TB test result?

While the student teaching application is due April 24, 2020, an actual TB test result is not required at the time of submission. In order to start in the field in the fall, you will need to have one on file. The Office of Clinical Experiences would like to encourage you to obtain a TB test as soon as clinic appointments resume.


In order to be cleared for my field or student teaching experience in the Fall of 2020, I need to obtain a Criminal Background Check and TB test result. How should I handle obtaining a TB test result?

The Office of Clinical Experiences recommends you obtain a TB test as soon as clinic appointments resume. Once clinics have re-opened, the OCE will send you a reminder to tend to your TB test requirement ASAP.


Will I be allowed to finish my student teaching this spring?

You will be allowed to finish student teaching this spring. Your student teaching experience is not what you or your program planned for or expected this spring.  However, your program will offer you a student teaching experience that will meet DPI requirements for certification and prepare you to teach. Please watch for updates from your program with further information. We hope that you will take advantage of this unique experience to learn as much as you can about teaching, learning and education.


How many observations must I have to meet DPI requirements for student teaching?

Each student teacher must complete a minimum of three successful observations.  One of these observations must include a three-way (virtual or phone) conversation among you, your co-op and your supervisor. Your program will provide you the opportunity to meet this requirement. It is your responsibility to make the most of those opportunities to show off your best work as a future professional.