Preparing Teachers for Urban Settings

Michelle Bauml helps lead the way in best practices for multicultural education

(This article by Rachel Stowe Master ’91 originally appeared in the Summer 2016 issue of “TCU Magazine.”)

While many beginning teachers have concerns about teaching in urban schools, the available jobs are often in large metropolitan cities.

If the fears of young educators aren’t addressed, the consequences can be career altering, said Michelle Bauml, assistant professor of early childhood and social studies education. “Without excellent preparation and ongoing support as they begin their teaching careers, new teachers are seriously at risk of leaving the profession altogether.”

photo of Michelle Bauml

Michelle Bauml (photo by Carolyn Cruz)

From the earliest days of her academic career, Bauml has been interested in studying young educators’ decisions to teach (or not teach) in culturally and linguistically diverse schools, which are becoming more typical in urban settings, as well as the implications for those who educate future teachers.

“Through my research and teaching, I strive to help prepare TCU’s future teachers for the important work of teaching in any context, but especially in urban schools,” said Bauml. “All children deserve excellent teachers, no matter where they attend school.”

Learn more about how TCU prepares teachers for urban settings in “TCU Magazine.”