Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the University of Wisconsin System (UWS) Institute for Urban Education?
The UWS IUE is a UW System initiative to increase the opportunities for teaching
candidates who are interested in becoming effective teachers for urban schools
and culturally diverse populations. The Institute is a community-based program
combining student teaching, academics and community involvement to prepare teachers
who seek an intensive urban teaching experience.
- Who is the UWS Institute for Urban Education for?
The UWS IUE is for students who want an experience that combines student teaching
and community immersion in an urban setting. If you have a desire to have an urban
teaching experience and are committed to becoming a culturally relevant practitioner,
the Institute is for you.
- What is the Institute experience?
As an Institute student, you will student teach in Milwaukee.
You will be supported during this process and visited by your student teaching
supervisor. Moreover, your student teaching seminar will focus on issues of
urban education and be taught by individuals and community members committed
to urban teaching excellence and to advancing the urban community. Another part
of the Institute is becoming involved in your school's community. You will be
expected to participate in community events and contribute to community life.
- Does it cost more to be an Institute student?
No, your tuition remains the same. There may be additional fees associated with the program. These are determined by each campus.
- Are there housing options incuded in the Institute experience?
Currently, all student teachers are responsible for making and paying for their own housing arrangements. Our long-range plans include a housing option in the Institute experience (e.g., clustering student teachers in residence halls and eventually a devoted meeting and residential building.)
- What about my portfolio?
You will still need to complete the portfolio for your home institution and meet the specific requirements of your program. This is a WI DPI requirement. This topic will be addressed in the student teaching seminars.
- How do I apply for the Institute?
You must express interest on or with your student teacher application by the required application deadline. The deadline for your final decision on the program is October 15 for Spring Semester and February 15 for Fall Semester student teaching.