becoming a teacher with ULC

Our model of personalized coaching-into-practice aligned to teaching standards lies at the core of our certification programs and Professional Learning Services. Whether you are an individual seeking initial licensure or a veteran teacher seeking to further your career, you will be provided with a highly qualified mentor to guide and support your professional growth.

Why Choose ULC for certification?


With over 25 years of service, Urban Learning Collaborative has transformed learning through effective teaching. Our teacher certification programs and professional learning services prepare educators through hands-on experiences.


Participants work in a school as the paid teacher-of-record. This model is ideal for participants who learn best through experience.


Participants in the ULC certification programs receive one-on-one support from a highly qualified mentor who provides formative feedback, “coaches into practice,” while modeling effective teaching strategies that work best with diverse populations of students.


Partnered with Mount Mary University for the Initial Teacher Certification program. A highly recognized Milwaukee-based institution of higher education, Mount Mary University espouses a commitment to urban teaching through a social justice lens.


Certification programs range in length from 6–16 mos.


Programs lead to a Wisconsin teaching license through DPI, with the focus on being able to effectively teach students living in urban areas. Gain and apply knowledge of the urban context to teaching and implementing research-proven practices.

ULC is RIGHT for you if you:

Already hold a bachelor’s degree

Are looking to change careers

Have a passion for teaching

Are seeking to advance your
current teaching license

Are currently a paraprofessional 

Are currently a substitute teacher

Journey to Certification

Certifications We Offer

Regular Education (1-8)

Special Education (K-12)

Math (9-12)

Science (9-12)

Bilingual (K-12)

Computer Science (9-12)

Our Pathways

Initial Certification

Computer Science

Bilingual Endorsement




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