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:
certified teachers seeking to work or currently working in urban school;
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)
Summer 2 (late May to end of June)
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.
§ Educational Administration
§ Special Education
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:
§ EDU 667: English Language
Teaching in Practice
§ EDU 668: Language,
Literacy, and Culture
§ EDU 669: English
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.