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 & 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 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 (4cr) 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 courses required for the major that are not offered by the Education Department (e.g., Biology, Mathematics, Literature, History/Social Science, or Psychology).
    • EDU 200 Introduction to Urban Education & Reflective Teaching (3cr) and EDU 203 Multicultural Education (3cr).
  • 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).

Application Deadlines

University Admission  School of Urban Education Admission

Fall - June 30

Fall - August 1

Spring - November 15

Spring - December 1

Summer - March 30

Summer - April 1