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Preservice Teachers at UW Oshkosh

ArtsCore Options

ArtsCore Student Teaching Options are enhanced opportunities that place teacher candidates in select classrooms to collaboratively learn about and implement arts integration with ArtsCore supported cooperating teachers. Placements are in the Appleton or Oshkosh School Districts.

Highly qualified teacher candidates are interviewed by the districts prior to placement in schools.  

Additional coaching and mentoring is provided by an onsite coordinator whose role is to observe, critique, and advise each student throughout the semester.

ArtsCore offers a Teacher in Residency (TIR) and a Student Teaching Internship (WIP).

Below is a breakdown of roles and responsibilities:

Teacher Candidate Roles & Responsibilities for both Teachers In Residency (TIRs) AND Interns

  • Teacher candidate is mentored by a cooperating teacher
  • Teacher candidate has common meeting and planning time with cooperating teacher
  • Cooperating teacher gradually releases more lead instruction, planning, and assessment to teacher candidate
  • Cooperating teacher regularly observes, reviews, and assesses progress of teacher candidate and provides constructive feedback
  • University supervisor observes teacher candidate four times throughout semester
  • Teacher candidate has opportunities to observe quality instruction
  • Cooperating teacher models classroom management strategies
  • Teacher candidate CANNOT substitute teach
  • Participate in all host teacher duties such as meetings, parent-teacher conferences, lunch/recess duties and scheduled in-service days.
  • Cooperating teacher completes final evaluation and final narrative at the end of placement

Additional Teacher Candidate Roles & Responsibilities for Interns ONLY

  • Teacher candidate holds intern license and is hired by district for a paid semester-long experience
  • Teacher candidate can carry up to 50% caseload independently
  • Principal is responsible for overseeing the placement and ensuring teacher candidate is receiving adequate support and common planning time with cooperating teacher
  • Teacher candidate and cooperating teacher can spend up to $250 on professional development or instructional materials for classroom


For information on TIR placement, please contact the ArtsCore office.


Hear about our TIR from students Learn more about our TIR

ArtsCore Student Organization


         Mission Statement

The ArtsCore Student Organization (ASO) is committed to the mission of the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh to further enrich the students and faculty of UW Oshkosh and the community at large. Students belonging to ASO gain experience related to the ongoing methodologies of integrating the arts into education and everyday life.

ASO provides opportunities for any student who wishes to integrate the arts into their work and subjects pursued during their college careers. Working from a multiplicity of artistic philosophies from across the Fine and Performing Arts genre.  Representing diverse geographical points of residence, ethnic and cultural backgrounds and perspectives, through on-campus visits, lectures, workshops, etc., student members will gain access to fresh and distinct artistic viewpoints and methodologies. Learn more about ASO here.

Congratulations to our ASO President, Jennifer Killam, for being recognized as the Outstanding Organization President at the UW Oshkosh 2020-2021 Celebration of Leadership Awards!  See all the student leadership awards here

Email to get involved.

Check out the ASO Flickr page

Past Events:

  • Chalk Walk with Aspiring Educators – April 26, 2022
  • STEAM Night –  April 18, 2022
  • Music and Picture Books – March 14, 2022
  • Arts Integration Symposium – March 11, 2022
  • Yoga & Art – February 7, 2022
  • Lesson Planning Basics – December 1, 2021 Click here to watch the recording.
  • Teacher Panel – November 18, 2021
  • Glow Painting Night in conjunction with Aspiring Educators – October 18, 2021 
  • Drum Circle – September 7, 2021
  • Body Percussion – May 6, 2021
  • Spring Teacher Panel (Resume Writing and Interviewing Tips) – April 8, 2021.  Click here to watch the recording.
  • Mandala Clipboard Creations – February 18, 2021



ASO is in partnership with Aspiring Educators.




Hear about ASO

Professional Development

ArtsCore Bridge Day

Bridge Day is an afternoon of learning about integrating the arts into your teaching.   All interested education majors are welcome to attend regardless of discipline or level of instruction.  Bridge Day will be held again on Thursday, September 29, 2022, from 12:30-4:30pm.  Click here to learn more about Bridge Day.


Arts Integration Symposium

The Arts Integration Symposium was held on Friday, March 11, 2022, in Reeve Union.  Our morning featured two interactive large group sessions, focusing on increasing student engagement and our hands-on round table presentations.  The next Arts Integration Symposium will be held on Thursday, March 9, 2023, from 8:30am-12:30pm. Click here to learn more.

Visit our Resources page to discover numerous Arts Integration lessons.  These lessons have been developed and utilized in classrooms across the state. 

To view our Lesson Planning Basics with Dr. Lou Chicquette workshop, please click here.

Paid internships are offered each semester and summer. Internship applicants must be majoring in education.

Internship opportunities include:

  • Winnebago Area Literacy Council Arts Integration Internship
  • ArtsCore Paine Student Internship
  • Miravida Living Art Internship
  • UW Oshkosh Children’s Learning Center and Childcare Internship



2022-2023 Scholarship Recipients

Aimee Footit, a senior at Oshkosh North High School plans to major in Music Education, and eventually, wants to receive her doctorate in conducting.  Aimee would like to teach high school to eventually become a professor at UW Oshkosh.  Growing up, she excelled in art class, receiving many awards, which is why she also considered being an art teacher. In high school, she immersed herself in the arts; taking all the photography classes offered, as well as earning a spot in the highly competitive Madrigal singers and the school’s annual musical.

Aimee has been an active athlete on multiple school and community teams outside of music.  Aimee’s passion for the arts and helping others are valuable tools that she is eager to share with her future students.  “Moments, when I have the opportunity to share this passion of mine with people by helping them through their challenges, are so valuable to me, and I am extremely eager to share my knowledge and love for music with others.”


Elise Williams, a senior at Green Bay Southwest High School, plans to major in Music Education.  Her career goal is to become a band teacher and create an environment of acceptance and inclusivity where students can become better musicians and can truly be themselves.  She plays electric bass guitar and the trombone.  While on campus, she hopes to join the Titan Thunder Marching Band and other activities.  Besides music, Elise is passionate about helping others to do things that make them happy and have fun at the same time.  “I try to make at least one person smile every day because smiles are contagious,” she commented. 

Music is in Elise’s blood.  She’s been in instrumental music for eight years, playing in the pit for the high school musical, jazz band, show choir combo, drumline, and marching band.  She also has participated in choir for five years, dance for six years, and two years of baton twirling and ribbon.  Somehow, she fit in time for nine musicals and three plays.  Elise is clearly not afraid of hard work!

Elise is excited by the idea of arts integration and can’t wait to implement it in her future classroom.  She would love to create a unit connecting photography, literacy, and band.  It’s important to her to involve the arts in all content areas because it helps bring energy and enthusiasm to a class.

About the Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded to incoming freshmen and undergraduate transfer students who plan to major in education and are interested in arts-integrated instruction. Applicants must be admitted to the Oshkosh campus. Students transferring from the Fond du Lac or Fox Cities campuses are eligible to apply. Incoming freshmen must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative high school grade-point average and incoming transfer students must have a minimum 3.0 cumulative transfer grade-point average. Applicant must demonstrate commitment to, and potential for, a successful career as a professional educator and an intent to participate in ArtsCore initiatives to develop and share effective arts-integrated teaching strategies. Preference will be given to applicants from PK-12 partner school districts.

The recipient must be enrolled full-time to receive the award. The recipient is eligible to receive the scholarship for up to four years, provided the recipient remains in good academic standing, continues to major in the field of education, and continues to participate in ArtsCore initiatives to develop and share effective arts-integrated teaching strategies.

UW Oshkosh ArtsCore offers curricular opportunities, professional development, internships, residencies, grants, and a support network for pre-service teacher candidates and new teachers learning to practice an arts-integrated approach to teaching. For more information on UW Oshkosh ArtsCore initiatives, visit To learn more about arts-integrated Instruction as an approach to teaching and learning, visit or

Initial Application Process: 

  1. Applicants must submit a statement describing why they want to go into the field of education.
  2. Applicants must submit a statement describing their educational, personal, and career goals, their experiences in the arts, and highlighting reasons why they are a strong candidate for the award including their commitment to participating in ArtsCore initiatives.
  3. Applicants must submit a resume or list of school, academic, volunteer, and work activities.
  4. Applicants must submit a minimum of 2 letters of support from individuals who know their potential for success.
  5. Applicants must submit a copy of their high school or college transcript if available.

The application for 2022-2023 has now closed.  The application for the 2023-2024 academic year will open in the fall of 2022.

Renewal Process: 

  1. Continuing UW Oshkosh students will receive the award for up to 4 years, provided they are in good standing and maintain the criteria of the award. Renewal applications will open in April.
  2. Award recipients must submit an annual statement describing their involvement with ArtsCore initiatives, accompanied by a resume or list of school, academic, volunteer, and work activities.

The Award: $1,500

To stay connected with ArtsCore upon graduation, click here to complete a short form.

To learn about professional opportunities for Early Career teachers, click here

For information on applying for teaching jobs in the Appleton Area School District, click here

For information on applying for teaching jobs in the Oshkosh Area School District, click here

To view current teaching vacancies on WECAN, click here