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Master of Education in Urban Teaching

Why enroll in the Master’s in Urban Teaching Program?

This distinctive program — the first of its kind in Rhode Island — aims to reduce the achievement gap in urban schools by providing early-career teachers the skills needed for success in urban classrooms.

The program — a 10-course sequence taught by leading Providence College faculty and highly qualified education professionals from urban school departments— focuses on understanding the sociocultural contexts of urban teaching and developing strategies for student success.

Application deadline March 11, 2016 for the 2016 cohort that begins on May 23, 2016.*

* Note that students can take up to 2 elective courses before the cohort officially begins.​

Who is Our Typical Student?

Our students are highly motivated to serve urban youth and families, are committed to student success both academically and socially, and are concerned for social justice.  From an experience perspective, our students fall into one of two categories:

  1) Are certified teachers seeking to work or currently working in urban school;

  2) Non-certified adults seeking to earn a secondary teaching certificate and work in in urban                          middle or high schools.  Applicants in this category should click here​ for more information about                  our joint TCP/Urban Teaching program for aspiring urban teachers.  The remainder of the                            information in on this page pertains to applicants who fall under category 1.

The Program & Courses​

The program consists of 10 courses and has been designed to be flexible in meeting the needs and schedules of our students.  Thus, the program can be completed in as little as 2 or as long as 5 years.  The program follows a hybrid-cohort model in which the students take5 classes as a group and 5 classes that suit their individual professional development interests.  A new option for electives this year is a 3-course focus area in English as a Second Language. All elective courses are selected in consultation with the Program Director.

Required Cohort Courses

Summer 1 (late May to end of July)

  • EDU 661: Culturally Competent Teaching
  • EDU 662: Differentiating Instruction for Diverse Urban Learners

Fall 1

  • EDU 665: English Applied Linguistics

Spring 1

  • EDU 663: Diversity Seminar

Summer 2 (late May to end of June)

  • EDU 664 [Capstone]: Successful Urban Teaching

Elective Courses

After admission into the program, students will meet individually with the Program Director who will assist them in customizing the program to meet their personal professional development goals.  Students may draw from courses in any of the following graduate program areas. 

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ESL Focus Area


As an alternative to individualized coursework students may choose to concentrate in English as a Second Language.   This focus area consists of 3 classes that complement the required EDU 665: English Applied Linguistics cohort class.  The 3 classes and their scheduling sequence are as follows:



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Transfer courses

Up to two elective courses may be transferred from other institutions. Courses may not be transferred that have been used to fulfill degree requirements for another earned master’s degree.​

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