Urban Education

Urban Education Master in Education (Ed.M.)

Program Description:

The Urban Education Masters Program at Temple University serves school-based educators seeking to enhance their understanding of subjects such as social theory, national education policy, urban education reform, and the history of urban education. Courses generally familiarize students with research methodology and include opportunities to conduct research and do field-based study. The program also addresses the needs of professionals involved in community-based education, adult literacy, community organizing, community development, afterschool programs and family centers.

Program Requirements:

The Ed.M. requires a minimum of 30 credit hours (33 if a thesis is written) and a comprehensive examination. Students also complete a master’s project or write a master’s thesis. Students may enroll full time or part time.

Required Core Courses:

The program requires a foundation sequence of four courses in Urban Education. Three courses are selected from the following offerings:

  • Urban Education 5401: Introduction to Urban Schools
  • Urban Education 5501: Issues in Urban Education
  • Urban Education 8602: Theory Seminar in Urban Education
  • Urban Education 5565: Historical Context of Urban Education
  • ED ADM 5063: Educational Reform

With the assistance of an advisor, students select a fourth course from relevant offerings in Geography and Urban Studies.

Students must select an area of specialization in Educational Policy Studies, Foundations in Urban Education, School-Community Partnerships or Teaching in Urban Schools and take appropriate courses in their specialization. One research methods course is also required as well as an internship or independent research course.

Admissions Requirements:

Applicants must submit:

  • A completed Graduate School Online Application
  • Official transcripts from all colleges and graduate schools attended.
  • Official score reports from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE). Scores must be current within the last 5 years.
  • TOEFL for non-native speakers of English .
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation [pdf]. Letters of recommendation should be obtained from faculty and others familiar with the applicant's academic competence and/or professionals familiar with the applicant's professional achievements.
  • goal statement that outlines professional interests. The Statement of Goals is taken very seriously in reviewing applications. It should include a rationale for enrolling in the program, with specific attention given to how the program fits your needs and goals; a summary of relevant work, volunteerism, and life experience; and a description of your particular research, intellectual, and applied interests.
  • A current professional resume.
  • An interview may be required.

Submitting Your Materials

See the Application Checklist for complete details on how to submit your application materials. Required supplemental materials should be sent attention to:

Office of Enrollment Management 
College of Education, Temple University
150 Ritter Annex (003-00)
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091

Please allow delivery and processing time before your application will be reviewed. For faster service, the College of Education at Temple University also receives supporting application materials for graduate admissions electronically via the Interfolio service.

It is the student's responsibility to see that everything is completed by the deadline date.


Application Deadlines

For priority consideration, it is suggested you submit your application by the following deadlines. Submitting later than the suggested deadlines may delay the start of your program into the following semester. Incomplete applications will be considered if supplemental materials (transcripts, letters of recommendation, etc.) arrive within 6-8 weeks of application.

  • For Fall admission: March 1
  • For Spring admission: October 1st

We strongly encourage applicants to apply early and to periodically check TUPortal (http://tuportal.temple.edu) as to the status of their materials.