Where School of Urban Education students gain field experience that qualifies for program admission and completion. The School of Urban Education at Metropolitan State University was established by the state legislature to meet the needs of schools and learners in Minneapolis, Saint Paul and diverse inner-ring suburbs. For program admission and completion, we define "urban" field experience by both geographic location and student demographics, including public schools, community centers, libraries and not-for-profit agencies.

The map below is copied from the Association of Metropolitan School District (AMSD) Member Districts website. The shaded districts only represent member districts, they are not all defined as qualifying sites for urban or inner-ring suburban school experience for the School of Urban Education.

map, shaded metro area school districts

Minneapolis - 1 South St. Paul - 6
Fridley - 14 Columbia Heights - 13
Robbinsdale - 281 North St. Paul-Maplewood-Oakdale - 622
Saint Paul - 625 West St. Paul - 197
Hopkins - 270 East Metro Integration District, Osseo School District - 279
Roseville - 623 West Metro Education Program - 6069
Bloomington - 271 Richfield - 280
Intermediate District - 287
St. Louis Park - 283
Brooklyn Center - 286
Mounds View - 621

In addition to a school's geographic location, it must also closely approximate the demographics of partnering urban school districts and comprise:

  • At least 30% students of color
  • At least 40% students qualifying for free/reduced lunch
  • At least 10% of students whose home language is not English or otherwise identified as "English Language Learners" (ELLs)

The School of Urban Education also expects that such experience needs to have occurred within the past five years to qualify for admission to the program. It is the responsibility of teacher candidates to provide documentation of the demographics for a particular school or classroom to verify it meets the School of Urban Education's minimum expectations for diversity. Demographic information can be found at district or school websites, or MDE's Data Center.