The Urban Education program at Temple University aims to create networks of civically minded researchers and practitioners who have the skills and knowledge to increase educational opportunities for urban students and communities. Because our focus is on building and sustaining networks, we intend not only to impact our students and alumni but also to build capacity in Philadelphia and other areas around educational and social change.

Our courses bring multiple perspectives to the study of urban schooling. Faculty and students work together to understand the context of urban education, especially the social, economic, political, and historical factors that shape city classrooms, schools, and communities. While the policy discourse about urban education often emphasizes school failure and community dysfunction, we recognize, support, and amplify resources and positive practices. In other words, we view urban schools and communities as dynamic spaces, sites of challenges, and storehouses of assets. We pursue research, policy, and practices which recognize contradictions and paradoxes in the field; helps to advance educational improvement; and enhances students' educational experiences. Program graduates hold positions as professors, educational researchers, K-12 teachers, nonprofit directors, and urban school and community leaders.

In keeping with the personalized character of the program, faculty advisors work closely with students, helping them tailor academic and field experiences to career goals and personal interests. A cohort model creates a strong sense of community within the program, and students and faculty often collaborate on projects. Our students come from varied backgrounds and have diverse areas of interest and expertise; however, they all share a passion for creating cities and schools that are more equitable, healthy, and sustainable.

New for Fall 2024

We are pleased to announce the new MEd in Urban Education and Policy, now accepting applications for fall 2024.

Questions about the program? Reach out to Associate Professor Lori Shorr at

Apply online. Questions about the application process should be sent to Enrollment Management at

Urban Education Programs

Urban Education Graduate Programs

Program Contact

Christopher W. McGinley, professor of practice, is program coordinator of the Educational Leadership and Policy program with a concentration in Urban Education.
Phone: 215-301-7159