Nationally, urban communities are characterized by an amalgamation of class, culture, race, ethnicity, language, and concentrated poverty. The Urban Education 4-course sequence seeks to develop equity-minded, culturally responsive educators who appreciate the historical and social context of urban schools and communities. Moreover, these courses emphasize both theoretical and practical approaches to increasing the academic outcomes of students of color and other socially oppressed populations. Coursework undergirds the intersection of education and community, curricula and students’ funds of knowledge, teacher disposition and student academic achievement, and culturally responsive policies and behavior management.

Courses are tailored for use as electives or a specialization within the Master of Education degree. Students may also take courses as standalone professional development. Offered during evening hours, these courses are designed to accommodate the schedules of working professionals. Courses include:

  • EDU 6362. Race, Power, and Politics: The History of Urban Education
  • EDU 6369. Culturally Responsive Teaching
  • EDU 6395. Community Partnerships in Urban Education
  • Electives - choose one:
    • - EDU 6360. Behavioral Interventions in the Classroom
    • - EDU 6390. Classroom Instruction and Assessment for Language Learners
    • - EDU 6396. Empowering Student Voice: Unlocking Students’ Potential For Learning