Temple's Urban Education Certificate program focuses on urban education reform through school-community partnerships, with an emphasis on developing the skills necessary to engage in collaborative work with diverse groups of people in urban environments. Students develop a broad understanding of urban populations and neighborhoods as well as the sociology and politics of urban schools in both a contemporary and historical context. Skills taught advance students' ability to communicate effectively, facilitate dialogue, map community assets, collaborate, form partnerships, plan and implement programs and put theory into practice.
Students in the certificate program seek to provide a variety of services to urban populations in the areas of community development and education as well as health services, youth services and social service advocacy. The program attracts individuals from a wide variety of backgrounds, including educators, parents, community leaders and activists.
Certificate students include teachers and other education professionals; parents; providers of services to urban populations (for instance, community development, community education, advocacy, health, and youth and social services); and graduates and current students interested in a concentration in urban education. Given these diverse students, classes become an interesting microcosm of what it is like to work in urban education settings.
School-community partnerships constitute an important emphasis in urban education reform and policy. Partnerships are intended to further collaboration among the professionals who serve urban students and their families. Yet partnerships are not easily created and maintained; skills and understanding of the different people and agencies involved are needed for successful partnerships. This certificate provides some of the needed background for this work. Through the certificate students will gain knowledge and skills in the following areas: urban educational issues and reform initiatives, in current and historical context; urban communities; and theory, practice, and program development related to developing partnerships between schools, agencies, and communities.
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