What is UECP?
The Urban Educators Cohort Program helps students gain the knowledge and skills they will need to teach in communities where resources and services are most limited. Through focused courses and guided teaching experiences during students' first two years at Michigan State University, UECP is the foundation for preparing educators uniquely qualified to teach in urban school districts – and to meet the needs of all learners.
Who are UECP students?
Incoming freshmen at Michigan State University interested in learning more about urban education at the elementary or secondary level.
Students from any background, especially those interested in high-need teaching areas such as math, science, special education or English as a second language.
Cohort members move through freshman and sophomore years as a cohesive group, taking special sections of teacher education courses together. The classes are specifically designed to help students understand social, cultural and financial issues associated with urban schools. Students move into the formal teacher preparation program at MSU during their junior year. See the Program Requirements for more information.
Exciting field experiences
UECP students spend time in real classrooms from their first semester at MSU through the end of their 5th-year internship. Students interact with educators in Detroit, Chicago, Lansing, Grand Rapids and other urban areas.
Some of the special opportunities for UECP students include:
- Educational tours in Chicago and Detroit
- Special invitations to tutor, attend seminars and participate in undergraduate research
- Mentoring from successful urban teachers and administrators
- The (paid) Urban Immersion Fellowship in Detroit each summer
- Priority consideration for the 5th year internship in Chicago
- Being personally recommended by the dean for jobs in urban districts