The Urban Educational Ministry minor exists to provide experience and targeted training for a teaching ministry in an urban setting. Participants in the minor will observe and work in urban classrooms, and complete coursework in order to prepare them for the unique needs of ministry in cross-cultural settings. Course work focuses on high-quality planning and teaching, as well as management and discipline that are grounded in law and gospel and that lovingly build structure for academic success and encourage Christian living.

Why do we offer this minor?

  • Over 80% of the US population lives in urban areas – US Census
  • 51% of children in urban areas—8.9 million—live in low-income families—NCCP
  • These children are much more likely to be in the lowest performing schools with the least experienced teachers

What these children and their parents want are safe and well-ordered schools, where teachers will know and care about their children and offer high-quality education.

Our WELS schools in urban settings can offer all of this and more. Our schools are safe, our teachers care, and our students excel because Christ is the foundation and the work is motivated by the gospel. MLC now offers targeted training, the Urban Educational Ministry minor, to prepare teachers to serve in this growing field.

In Milwaukee alone, eight of our urban schools educate over 2000 students. But every year hundreds more are placed on waiting lists to become students in these WELS schools. Why? Primarily because we do not have enough teachers to fill the current needs and minister to these students.

Minor Courses

EDU2201 Introduction to Urban Education Ministry
3 credits. Introduction and exploration of cross-cultural contexts for teaching and ministry. Observation and participation in cross-cultural ministry settings will provide the experiential framework to organize and apply the course material to real-life application. Open to education and pre-seminary students.

EDU2402 Exploring Urban Teaching Methods and Management
3 credits. A six-week summer field experience in urban Milwaukee schools to build basic instructional skills, cultural competencies, and classroom management techniques essential to the urban classroom in coordination with the Center for Urban Teaching.

EDU3250 Classroom Management and Teaching Strategies
3 credits. Exploration of proven strategies that will promote high-performance teaching and classroom management for beginning teachers. Prerequisite: EDU2201 or with instructor approval.

EDU3402 Advanced Urban Teaching Methods and Management
3 credits. A six-week summer field experience in urban Milwaukee schools to continue building instructional skills, cultural competencies, and classroom management techniques essential to the urban classroom in coordination with the Center for Urban Teaching.  Prerequisite:  EDU2402

Field Experiences – Urban Educational Ministry Trips

DestinationWho’s InvitedGeneral Purpose
MilwaukeeAll students, all tracksFirst exposure, general introduction
MinneapolisStudents enrolled in EDU2201Directed observation as a capstone to the concepts covered in class, opportunity to see methods in action.
ChicagoThose with interest/involvement in the minor and urban activitiesDirected observation, exposure to specific strategies and techniques, compare and contrast with traditional WELS schools and with Milwaukee experience.
Baton Rouge / New York CityStudents enrolled in the minorDirected observation, exposure to specific strategies and techniques, compare and contrast with other experiences. Exposure to multiple styles of school organization.

Why so many trips? The principals of numerous schools and others connected with urban education gave their input in program design. Across the board they recommended early exposure and repeated opportunities to experience urban educational settings. New Ulm’s geographical location makes this somewhat challenging; however, MLC does have a top-notch program, based in gospel ministry, that produces teachers who are well prepared to enter and succeed in the urban setting. These trips are part of that training.

Milwaukee locations
Atonement, Christ/St. Peter, Garden Homes, Mt. Lebanon, Risen Savior, Siloah, St. Marcus, St. Philip’s

Timeline for Completion of the Urban Educational Ministry Minor

Timeline
Course WorkField Experience
1st YearMilwaukee Urban Immersion Trip (1st or 2nd year – Supplemental experience, not required for the minor)
2nd YearEDU2201 Intro to Urban Education MinistryEDU2401 Early Field Experience II
Summer After 2nd YearEDU2402 Exploring Urban Teaching Methods and Management (Summer School Experience 1)
3rd YearEDU3250 Classroom Management and Teaching StrategiesEDU3401 Early Field Experience III

Chicago Urban Immersion Trip (Supplemental experience, not required for the minor)

Summer After 3rd YearEDU3402 Advanced Urban Teaching Methods and Management (Summer School Experience 2)
4th YearEDU4253 Student Teaching in Elementary & Middle Schools I – Urban Setting

NYC Trip (Supplemental experience, not required for the minor)

Additional Course Information

EDU2201  Intro to Urban Education Ministry 

  • Available as intercultural elective (won’t add extra credits to your overall plan)
  • Available both semesters beginning 2015-16

EDU3250  Classroom Management and Teaching Strategies

  • EDU2201 is a prerequisite
  • Available second semester beginning 2016-17

EDU2402  Exploring Urban Teaching Methods and Management (Summer Experience 1)

  • EDU2001 is a prerequisite
  • Available beginning summer of 2016

 EDU3402  Advanced Urban Teaching Methods and Management (Summer Experience 2)

  • EDU2402 is a prerequisite
  • Available beginning summer of 2017