Teaching in an urban school is an exciting calling that requires specialized preparation. Urban teachers must meet the needs of students from a range of cultural, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Over 90 courses at ISU focus course content on our partner urban communities with embedded clinical immersion experiences in Chicago, Decatur, and Peoria.
A four-week immersive fellowship available in partner city that includes classroom experiences, summer programming, a community-based internship, professional development, guided reflection, and residency with a host family.
With year-long or semester-based options, ISU student teachers are afforded opportunities to live in community-based housing and work in after-school programs.
New teachers are offered mentoring with professional development throughout the school year with opportunities for to network and enhance teaching and learning in the classroom.
NCUE cultivates young and aspiring educators to serve urban and high-need classrooms across Illinois and beyond. This includes programming at both the high school and university levels. Learn how to get involved!
INFUSE enables special education majors to fulfill key course sequences and complete both field-based and student teaching semesters in Chicago Public Schools (CPS).
"Having an outlet for expression is huge, for anyone,” Bloom said, “Especially if they’re dealing with a lot of trauma or adversity or challenges in life."
"I have devoted myself to working in a high-need school within CPS because I want my students to feel empowered. I want my students to utilize the potential that burns inside them."
The Chicago Teacher Education Pipeline at Illinois State University takes a step beyond conventional cultural competency training by immersing their teacher candidates in Chicago's highest-need communities—part of a month-long intensive fellowship called STEP-UP.
For incoming Illinois State University senior Leah Kuhn, learning starts at home. This summer, home is the Little Village residence of her host, Ciria Ruiz, who is helping her learn Spanish.
Since the fundamental idea behind culturally responsive teaching is knowing one's students and their histories intimately, some teacher-preparation programs are tackling the challenge by increasing how much time teacher-candidates spend with the students they will one day end up teaching.