Studio Schools

Studio Schools are ResponsiveDesign™ teams of candidates, clinical educators, teachers, and administrators collaborating to explore, envision, and enact innovative solutions that deepen learning and raise P-12 student achievement.


Teacher Candidates

Teacher CandidatesTeacher Candidates are aspiring educators who enroll in practicum courses as they complete UMSL's teacher preparation program.

Clinical Educators

Clinical EducatorsClinical Educators are expert teachers who frequently visit Teacher Candidates at their Studio Schools sites to provide support and supervision.

Clinical Teachers

Clinical Teachers Clinical Teachers are working educators who bring Teacher Candidates into their classrooms and empower them to achieve positive outcomes.


Collective Impact

Studio Schools are located in a wide variety of settings throughout the St. Louis region. Working together, the UMSL College of Education and its school partners are impacting student learning while promoting educator quality, advancing professional development, expanding collaboration, and fostering innovation.Teacher Candidates are aspiring educators who enroll in practicum courses as they complete UMSL's teacher preparation program. They are immersed in Studio School sites where they are regarded as full members of the staff. They achieve measureable Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs) with real P-12 learners.


98% of learners at Studio Schools say that UMSL Teacher Candidates are responsive to the unqiue needs of each student.

96% of learners at Studio Schools say that UMSL Teacher Candidates effectively communicate learning objectives.

The Studio Schools model is informed by the CoLab, the Cultural Landscapes Collaboratory, sharing habits of action centered upon 3 Durable Practices: Intentional Collaborating, Intentional Interdisciplinary Instruction, and Intentional Critically Reflecting. Connect with the CoLab to explore these practices.

The UMSL College of Education shapes the educational landscape in the St. Louis region, advances educator quality and professional development in Missouri, and is recognized nationally as a leader of vital research and as a hub of innovation. Connect with the COE via social media to stay informed of the latest news.