2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
    Aug 18, 2019  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Urban Education Graduate Certificate

The Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education offers a graduate certificate in urban education for aspiring and experienced educators. The certificate gives educators an opportunity to serve diverse urban communities by strengthening their knowledge, skills, and dispositions related to educational equity. Urban and urbanizing communities are often characterized by racial, ethnic, linguistic, and cultural diversity. However, school curricula, instructional strategies, and the racially homogenous teaching force rarely address the needs of urban communities and represent a growing cultural gap between communities and schools. Educators who complete the Urban Education Graduate Certificate will be prepared to leverage the assets of students and families from diverse backgrounds to engage in meaningful change in the classroom, community, and beyond. The certificate prepares educational professionals to work in urban environments through a focus on developing a deep understanding of various marginalized groups, collaborating with community members and organizations to form strong partnerships, and building strategies for teaching and leadership that promote academic achievement and positive social change in urban schools. A group is competitively selected each year.

Participants complete a 12-credit hour, four-course program of study over a one-year period. Required courses include Introduction to Urban Education, TPTE 595 ; Diversity Pedagogy, TPTE 540 ; Social Justice and Social Action, TPTE 540 ; and a 3-credit hour elective course.