The University of Wisconsin-Parkside and Racine Unified School District have partnered to offer the School-Based Teacher Academy of Racine (STAR) Residency Program. 

The STAR Program is a post-baccalaureate, initial teacher licensure program leading to a provisional Wisconsin license in cross-categorical special education at the middle childhood-early adolescence level. Following a residency model of teacher preparation, the STAR Program places participants in RUSD special education classrooms as teachers of record for the two-year duration of the program.

In Summer 2021, the STAR Program expanded to include BSTAR, a licensure program for certified teachers seeking to add a supplemental bilingual bicultural teaching license. Participants in the BSTAR Program are teachers in RUSD classrooms for the one-year duration of the program.

RUSD is currently accepting applications for the next cohort of the BSTAR program to begin in July of 2024.

For more information about these STAR Programs or to be added to the contact list, please email

Highlights of the STAR Program:

  • Full-time, salaried teaching position in an RUSD school

  • Release time every Friday (STAR) or Wednesday (BSTAR) during the school year for coursework and clinical experiences

  • Cohort model of no more than 20 participants

  • Designated additional mentor for each participant

  • Professional development and mentoring both during and beyond the program

  • 50% tuition waiver from the district, along with one-time licensure test costs

A five-year minimum commitment to teaching in RUSD schools is required of STAR Program participants (two years during the program and three years after program completion); six successful semesters of teaching experience will lead to a Wisconsin lifetime license.


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