An innovative approach to urban teacher preparation
Project METRO (Maintaining Effective Teacher Residency Opportunities) is an innovative teaching certification program specifically designed to address areas of need within Milwaukee Public Schools (MPS). In partnership with Cardinal Stritch University, a resident combines a year-long, co-teaching experience alongside a selected Professional Educator (Resident Coach) with master’s-level coursework.
Residents pursue certification at the high school level in: mathematics, science, special education, or bilingual education (Spanish) or Residents can pursue certification at the elementary school level in: special education, or bilingual education (Spanish). The Residents then have an opportunity to earn their master’s degree through Cardinal Stritch University. The candidates are strategically selected to fill hard to staff schools in areas of identified need (high school mathematics, science, bilingual education, special education, elementary special education, bilingual education). Residents must commit to the program for four (4) years and be dedicated to the students of MPS.
Four year total commitment:
- Year One: Coursework + Residency = Teaching Certification
- Year Two: Teacher of Record ($41,000 + benefits)
- Year Three: Teacher of Record + Completion of Masters Degree
- Year Four: Teacher of Record + Continued Professional Development
Mission: To prepare and sustain a cadre of highly effective and highly committed urban teachers dedicated to accelerating student achievement within Milwaukee Public Schools.
Vision: A highly committed and effective teacher for every child.