Preparing teachers for today's urban schools

The University of Dayton Urban Teacher Academy (UTA) is a specialized program for pre-service teachers who have an interest in urban teaching. Students are traditional undergraduate students who have indicated that they want to work with high-poverty and high-needs student populations.

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The academy concept addresses the most critical dimensions of the problem:

  • Identifying pre-service teachers most likely to succeed in an urban school district.
  • Providing them specialized training.
  • Pairing them with successful mentor teachers who can help them cope with the challenges of teaching in today's urban classroom.

In our enmeshed program, students are selected using elements of the Haberman Star Teacher interview protocol. Students interested in participating submit a formal application along with an essay and personal recommendations and undergo a formal interview. UTA students are placed with mentors who are committed to urban environments and believe in the success of urban learners. Students who are admitted must have a 2.75 GPA.

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