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Urban Education Fellows Program

Create a new career path by becoming a teacher. If you are committed to improving the quality of education in Milwaukee’s independent private, parochial and charter schools, this program is for you!

AmeriCorpsLogoApplications deadline is extended through March 2014!

Urban Education Fellows Program (UEFP) allows women and men with a bachelor’s degree to become licensed teachers and earn their master’s degree in education at the same time.  As an Urban Education Fellow, you will:

  • Be hired as a teacher in an independent private, parochial or charter school while you are participating in the program. The UEFP requires a two-year commitment to working in a school, learning on the job with a coach and successfully completing college coursework.
  • Take graduate-level courses in a schedule that accommodates your teaching responsibilities (late afternoons, evenings, weekends and summer school).
  • Apply the learning from your coursework to your practice with learners at your work site.
  • Receive AmeriCorps funding to partially cover your tuition and receive a 25 percent tuition discount from the University.


This rigorous program consists of accelerated courses and other professional development opportunities. The two-year program (seven semesters) will lead to teaching certification (grades 1-8) and a Master of Arts in Education from either Alverno or Mount Mary.

Coaching, mentoring, and peer support are part of the program. Classes are scheduled in a convenient format that works around your schedule. See the coursework schedule for the elementary school program (PDF).

Generous Financial Assistance & Tuition Discounts

Generous financial assistance makes this program affordable. Through the program, you will earn a salary and health benefits from the school where you work. In addition, you will receive a 25 percent tuition discount from either Mount Mary or Alverno. Federal student loans may help you with the remaining tuition. Learn more about applying for financial aid.

As an Urban Education Fellow, you can become a member of AmeriCorps, a federally funded program that recognizes teaching fellows’ service in their communities. You may earn an Education Award voucher of $5,550 to pay off a portion of your qualified student loans. Fellows may serve for two years in AmeriCorps, allowing for up to two Education Award vouchers. View the tuition and funding details sheet (PDF).


Applications for 2014-16 will be accepted September 2013 through March 2014, for a program that begins mid-June 2014.

To be eligible for the Urban Education Fellows Program, you must:

  • have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university.
  • have a minimum undergraduate GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • have passing scores in the PPST/PRAXIS I exam (reading, writing, & math).
  • demonstrate instructional leadership potential.
  • demonstrate a commitment to their community.
  • desire to assume mentoring responsibilities after licensure, particularly with new Urban Education Fellows and to stay connected to their schools and the program.

Additional Information & Resources

Contact Dr. Linda Delgadillo, UEFP program director, at (414) 382-9666 or for more information.

The UEFP is co-sponsored by Mount Mary University and Alverno College.