MA Urban Education

The Master of Arts in Urban Education is specifically designed for post-baccalaureate students who frequently bring previous experience from another career field, as well as those students who have a desire to teach in diverse settings, urban environments, and with underrepresented populations.


The Master of Arts in Urban Education is designed for post-baccalaureate students who are uncertified teachers of record with classroom access. The program has two possible tracks: initial teacher licensure in Early Childhood-Middle Childhood (PK-6th grade) or Middle Childhood-Early Adolescence (1-8th grade). In addition, bilingual certification can be added with additional coursework and proof of language proficiency.

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Program Format

Unique to this program is the assignment of a mentor to each teacher candidate throughout the program. The mentor supports teacher candidates within their classroom on a weekly basis and helps them navigate their role as a teacher as well as apply the content they are learning in their university courses.

For most of our students, field experiences and student teaching are completed on the job. Students with classroom accessibility do not have to leave their job to complete the DPI-required semester of student teaching.

Courses Are Available

  • Face-to-face

Semesters to Join

  • Fall (August)

Transfer Credits You Already Earned

A maximum of nine graduate credits may be transferred from another accredited degree-granting institution. Download our guide that explains credit acquisition.

Application Requirements

  • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university
  • A GPA of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Passing scores in all three sections of the Praxis Core (a passing score within the past 10 years on the ACT, SAT or GRE can be accepted in place of the Praxis Core)
  • Passing score on the Praxis II: Middle School Content Knowledge Test (#5146)
  • Access to classroom environment for at least 3.5 hours per day
  • Full-day access for one semester of student teaching
  • Two attitude disposition questionnaires
  • A personal essay of no more than two pages delineating reasons for seeking teacher certification, life experiences that may have affected this career choice, and the reasons candidates are interested in becoming an urban educator

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

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