Chicago: Urban Education (Fall and Spring Semesters)
Fall semester (early September to early December) & Spring semester (mid-January to mid-May)
Program sponsor: Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM)
Enrollment: Maximum of 20 students
Eligibility: Participants must have approval for student teaching from their college’s Education department.
Application deadline: February 15 (fall semester) & August 1 (spring semester)
On the ACM Urban Education Program, students engage in an urban student teaching experience with support and guidance — both inside and outside the classroom — to foster their learning and growth as teachers. First established in the early 1960s, the ACM Urban Education Program has had a long tradition of engagement with Chicago schools and the city’s education community. Each fall and spring semester, students develop their professional skills as they work alongside mentor teachers in Chicago schools. In the weekly seminar, they connect educational theory to their experiences teaching in the classroom. The program emphasizes collaborative learning, as students conduct an ongoing and informal discussion with a network of peers who share similar situations in their teaching placements. Program participants also have extensive opportunities to enjoy the city’s tapestry of cultures and people. Program field trips include neighborhood explorations and excursions to cultural institutions such as the National Museum of Mexican Art, the DuSable Museum of African-American history, the Chicago History Museum, and the People’s Music School.