Registration & field placement with Urban Teacher Academy

Urban Teacher Academy teacher in the classroomTo obtain the Urban Teacher Academy certificate, you'll need to register for the following courses:

EDT 318 Junior (year 1)
  • Yearlong class with field placement
  • 40-60 hours in the classroom
EDT 418 Senior (year 2)
  • First semester: Teaching methods block
  • Field experience (80 hours: EYA, to 120 hours: ECE) in urban school with mentor teacher
  • Second semester: Full-time student teaching in mentor teacher’s classroom (10-15 week duration)

More about the UTA program model (pdf) >>

Field placement

Once you've registered for EDT 318 and EDT 418, you'll receive a field placement in an urban school. You'll also be assigned to highly qualified veteran teachers who work at your assigned school. All students in the Academy attend university-recognized transcripted courses during their junior and senior years at UD and also attend Academy seminars to help build their knowledge about urban environments.

Options after graduation

A contract between the University of Dayton and Dayton Public Schools assures UD graduates an opportunity to secure a teaching position within the district after graduation. Successful students from the Urban Teacher Academy and the Lalanne program are also given priority on job placements within Dayton Public Schools. Academy graduates who accept a teaching position with Dayton Public Schools receive ongoing program support from Academy faculty and staff during their first three years of teaching.

You also have an opportunity to continue your urban training through the Lalanne program at the University of Dayton, where you can earn a master’s degree while teaching in an urban Catholic school. Learn more about the Lalanne program and how to apply >>