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Urban Education undergraduate admissions requirements

In order to become admitted to the School of Urban Education, undergraduate students must first be admitted to Metropolitan State University and demonstrate meeting admission criteria by fulfilling the admissions requirements listed below. Admission to the School of Urban Education is required to enroll in 300 and 400 level Education (EDU) courses designed for teaching licensure.


  • Demonstrate commitment to teaching in an urban context.
  • Demonstrate understanding of and respect for diverse urban learners and their communities.
  • Complete at least 40 hours of experience working with youth in an urban setting.
  • Demonstrate professional conduct for positive interactions with students and educators in an urban environment.
  • Complete coursework required for admission with a C or higher and an overall GPA of 2.5 or higher (students with a 2.0-2.49 GPA may apply for conditional admission).


  • Meet with a School of Urban Education academic advisor about the program including all admissions requirements, and complete a major program declaration form.
  • Complete at least 36 credits of semester study, including: 
    • University General Education course requirements for written and oral communication (Goal Area I).
    • One approved Ethnic Studies (ETHS) course (4 credits) focusing on issues of race and racism experienced by various communities of color (contact the School of Urban Education advisor for a list of approved courses).
    • At least 8 credits of content courses required for the major (e.g., Biology, Mathematics, Literature, History/Social Science or Psychology).
    • EDU 200 Introduction to Urban Education & Reflective Teaching (3 credits) and EDU 203 Multicultural Education (3 credits) with a grade of C or higher.
  • Submit essay written in EDU 200 titled "Why I will be an effective urban (insert license area) teacher."
  • Submit documentation of completing at least 40 hours of recent field experience with diverse youth in a qualified urban context (prior experience may count; most hours can be gained while completing EDU 200 and EDU 203).
  • Request Two Recommendations (one recommendation from someone who observed or supervised some of your field experience with youth in an urban setting, and one recommendation from an instructor of a course required in your major/licensure program).

Urban Teacher Program admission timelines

Students must first be admitted to the university.  Admission to the Urban Teacher Program occurs on a rolling basis, and students are strongly encouraged to apply well before the deadlines listed below in order to have opportunities to register for classes in upcoming semesters (summer and fall registration begins in mid-March, and spring registration begins in mid-October.)

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer: April 1