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Project METRO

Be the one to make a difference – one classroom at a time

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.

What is Project Metro?

Project METRO is a post baccalaureate program where:

  • Residents have a commitment to urban education.
  • Residents co-teach in a ‘hard-to-staff’ MPS high school or elementary school.
  • Residents pursue a High School Certification in the content areas of:  mathematics, science, special education or bilingual education (Spanish). Or, Residents can pursue an Elementary School Certification in the content areas of: special education or bilingual education (Spanish)
  • Certification and master’s degree are earned through Cardinal Stritch University (tuition rates apply).
  • Residents co-teach Year One, with $20,000 professional development assistance from MPS. The $20,000 will be amortized over Years Two through Four in a loan forgiveness program.
  • In Years Two through Four, Residents serve as an MPS employee with salary and benefits.
  • Teaching certification is earned at the end of Year One of the program.
  • Residents pledge a four (4) year commitment to MPS (financial consequences apply for early exit of program).

Pre-requisites are:

  • Commitment to urban education and a passion for teaching the students of Milwaukee Public Schools
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Passing Praxis I & II scores (Praxis support available from both MPS and CSU)
  • Completion of a three (3) stage application and selection process
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