Coursework in the Master of Arts (M.A.) in Urban Education program is
offered in a supportive cohort format. Students complete the
certification portion of the program in just four semesters (including
the summer semester) for the general classroom license, and then
complete their master’s degree and the remaining requirements for the
bilingual or learning disabilities certification during their next year
of teaching. There are either 32 (bilingual certification) or 34
(learning disabilities certification) credits required for
certification, including the student teaching placement. The master's
degree can be earned by completing an additional eight to nine credits.
This accelerated program is designed for individuals who are already
working in an urban classroom as paraprofessionals, emergency licensed
teachers, or volunteers for a minimum of three and one-half hours per
day. Whenever possible, student teaching placements are assigned in the
school that you are already working at.