Urban Education

Leading & Learning in Urban Schools

Program Description:

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.

Program Requirements:

The Certificate in Urban Education consists of 12 credits or 4 courses:  2 courses convey general knowledge of urban education (UE5401 and UE5501) and 2 courses provide specialized knowledge.  At present, these courses are in the area of school-community partnerships (UE5515 and UE5516).  At a later stage, other courses in the areas of (a) policy/program evaluation and (b) teaching in urban schools will be added to certificate offerings.  All these courses are taught in the evening and scheduled so as to allow students to complete their certificate in one year of part-time study.  Students’ advisors may make substitutions in these courses

It is expected that most students will enroll in the certificate on a part-time basis, taking no more than two courses per semester.  Regardless of part-time or full-time status, all students will be required to complete the certificate in no longer than two years.  Students will thus be able to complete the certificate by taking one or two courses per semester. Courses are or will be offered on a regular schedule that will allow completion within this timeline and will accommodate working students.  The Certificate will be awarded to those students completing the four certificate courses with a GPA of 3.0 or better.

Required Core Courses:

  • Urban Education 5401 Introduction to Urban Schools
  • Urban Education 5501Urban Schools
  • Urban Education 5515 Service Learning and Community Development
  • Urban Education 5516 School-Community Partnerships

Registration Requirements:

Applicants must submit:

  • Completed Registration Form
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and graduate schools attended

Application deadlines:

March 30 for fall admission.
November 1 for spring admission.