Launched in 1997, the Urban Semester Program is a collaborative effort between Ball State's Teachers College and College of Sciences and Humanities. The program places education majors in an urban school setting during their junior or senior year. They receive hands-on teaching experience while completing coursework at the school site. The urban semester offers a real world experience and improves attitudes regarding diversity
The Urban Semester Program received the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE) 2004 Best Practice Award in support of diversity
The program also won the 2002 Award for Excellence in Integrating Science and Mathematics
from the School of Science and Mathematics Association
The Urban Semester model was recognized as a Best Practice at the fifth annual conference of the Holmes Partnership in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in January 2001. During the break-out sessions, Susan Johnson and Patty Hughes highlighted the urban semester in their presentation entitled "The Urban Experience: A Project of Simultaneous Renewal for Ball State University and Indianapolis Public Schools."
Frequently Asked Questions about the Urban Semester