Urban Early Childhood Education (Birth-Grade 3 Licensure) BS
The School of Urban Education (UED) is designed to meet the needs of urban schools for teachers who can improve students' educational achievement. The School prepares prospective teachers who can build on the talents and resiliency of diverse urban learners for success in school and life. Our approach to teacher education focuses on preparing diverse, reflective and resilient teachers who are outstanding in their commitment to teaching urban youth and providing equal educational opportunity. By attracting teachers of color and low-income or first generation college students into teaching careers, the School provides urban schools with competent educators who can relate to the experiences of culturally and linguistically diverse youth and their communities.
The mission of the School is twofold: 1) to increase the number of well-prepared teachers of color in Minneapolis, St. Paul and inner-ring suburbs so that the teaching workforce reflects the ethnically diverse population of students and their communities; and 2) to empower urban teachers with the content knowledge, pedagogical skills, urban field experiences, and professional dispositions needed to improve the educational achievement of historically and currently underserved urban learners and to advocate for their right to receive a high quality education.
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Acceptance to the Program
To be eligible for acceptance to the Urban Early Childhood Education Licensure major (Birth-Grade 3), students must submit a School of Urban Education Undergraduate Program Declaration Form when they have completed all of the requirements from the Guide to Admission in the Urban Teacher Program.
Requirements (78 total credits)
Professional Education (47 credits)
All 300-400 level EDU courses require admission to the School of Urban Education or department approval in order to enroll.
- EDU 321 Urban Infant-Toddler Curriculum & Practicum
- EDU 323 Urban Pre-K & Kindergarten Curriculum and Practicum
- EDU 325 Emergent Literacy in Urban ECE
- EDU 330 Methods of Teaching Children's Literature Urban Grades K-6
- EDU 331 Physical Development, Health, Nutrition, and Effects of Drugs in ECE and Elementary Ed
- EDU 333 Assessment of Learning in Grades K-6
- EDU 341 The Child and the Family in an Urban Setting
- EDU 361 The Arts in ECE and Elementary Education
- EDU 383 Information Technology in K-12 Education
- EDU 481 Urban Primary Grades 1-3 Curriculum & Practicum
- EDU 483 Foundations of Reading in Urban Grades K-6
- EDU 484 Teaching Children with Disabilities
- EDU 486 Teaching Math and Science in Primary Grades 1-3
- EDU 487 Methods of Teaching Reading in Urban Grades K-
- LAED 440 Methods of Teaching Language Arts in Urban Grades K-6
Required Psychology Courses (15-16 credits)
At least 8 credits of the following courses must be taken in order to be admitted to the School. These courses are open to all Metropolitan State students and they can be used to meet university GELS requirements.
- PSYC 308 Child Psychology
- PSYC 356 Early Childhood Education within a Historical, Social, and Cultural Context or
- EDU 430 Historical and Cultural Foundations of Urban Education
- PSYC 357 Observing and Assessing Young Children
- PSYC 359 Positive Behavior Guidance
- PSYC 417 Language and Communication Development in ECE
Student Teaching (9 credits total, 15 weeks full-time)
Teacher Candidates must notify the Field Experience Coordinator two semesters before they intend to do student teaching and they must submit a student teaching application packet.