About this program
The Curriculum, Pedagogy and Schooling concentration or track in the Urban Education M.S. degree is for pK-12 teachers and others interested in urban education who are seeking professional development only; it is not a licensure program. The required and elective coursework in this program is designed to examine the racial, socioeconomic, cultural, historical, structural and systemic contexts and conditions of urban education. An asset orientation towards urban learners, families, schools, and communities is emphasized. Research on promising efforts to close gaps and create equitable learning opportunities and achievement for E-12 students is analyzed. Courses provide students opportunities to integrate theory, practice, critical reflection and research within a school or community setting to improve E-12 student learning.
In addition to the elective courses listed on the right side of the screen, faculty are developing other urban education elective courses. Students may also request to take graduate courses in other departments that relate to their interests, such as an Ethnic Studies course that is part of the Masters of Arts--Liberal Studies program, a Psychology course related to learning or youth, or a course in the content area of one’s licensure (e.g., Biology, Literature, or Mathematics). A total of 12 credits outside of the School of Urban Education may be approved, including graduate courses taken at other regionally accredited institutions.
Students completing this program will:
- Examine principles of urban education and effective teaching of diverse youth from various racial, ethnic, cultural, linguistic, and socio-economic backgrounds;
- Critically reflect upon the context and conditions of urban schooling, racial and cultural identity, pedagogical practices, curriculum, and the role of urban educators in closing opportunity and achievement gaps;
- Deepen understanding of the assets urban learners, families and communities to help nurture resilience, self-determination, empowerment, equity and social justice; and
- Gain knowledge of relevant research literature, and conduct research or implement a project to address a particular question or issue in urban education.