FAQs

What are my job prospects?

Students who’ve been participating in the early phases of the project are among the first to be hired because the demand for highly qualified urban educators exceeds the supply, according to Dr. Tammy Schwartz, program director.

Are Miami students really interested in urban education?

Yes. About 35 students applied for the program in the first year of its existence and more than 400 students in the past two years have either indicated an interest or taken part in urban cohort activities.

Do I have to live in an urban area while student teaching?

No, but it is encouraged.

I love this program, but my parents are worried. Will they have opportunities to talk to faculty?

Yes. Parents with questions should call the Urban Teaching Cohort office at 513-529-0434 and ask to speak to program director Dr. Tammy Schwartz.

Will I be safe?

Safety is an issue wherever one lives and works. However, none of the Miami students who’ve lived in Chicago or Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine neighborhood as part of the Urban Cohort program have reported that they have felt threatened or in danger. Miami officials stress that the key in any situation is to be aware of your surroundings and to take common-sense personal safety precautions.

I’ve spent my entire life in suburbia, but I’m interested in urban education. Can students like me be successful in this program?

Absolutely.

This is what one student from a suburban background says about her experiences:

"I learned that an urban education teacher must understand the community that surrounds his or her students or they will not be able to witness their students' full potential."

However, teaching in an urban setting is not for everyone.  Our program will help you explore whether urban teaching is for you by gradually exposing you to experiences that broaden your understanding of yourself and society.