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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 led by leading Providence College faculty and highly qualified education professionals from urban school departments and the Rhode Island Department of Education — focuses on understanding the sociocultural contexts of urban teaching and developing strategies for student motivation.

Application deadline March 15, 2014 for the 2014 program beginning on May 19, 2014.


Who is Our Typical Student?

Students who enroll in the program must have completed at least one year of full-time teaching in a high-need urban school prior to beginning the program. Designed to be completed in one academic year and two summers, the program follows a cohort model in which the PC students start and finish together — creating connections that extend beyond the classroom.

The Program & Courses

Required Courses

The required courses follow a cohort model, meaning that all students admitted during a given year take these courses together, as a group, following a prescribed sequence. The course and sequence are:

Summer 1

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

Fall 1

  • EDU 703: Methods and Materials in ESL Education

Spring 1

  • EDU 663: Multicultural Seminar

Summer 2

  • EDU 664 [Capstone]: Successful Urban Teaching

Elective Courses

After admission into the program, students will meet individually with an advisor who will assist them in customizing the program to meet their personal professional development goals.  The advisor begins with a set of recommended electives, listed below, which are discussed with the student.  Appropriate substitutions are made based on each student’s prior experience, professional goals, and professional development needs.

Recommended Electives

  • EDU 512: School/Community Relations
  • EDU 617: Behavior Strategies
  • EDU 645: Families in Crisis
  • EDU 758: Multicultural Education in the American School System
  • EDU 811: Special Education for Children from Diverse Backgrounds

Focus Areas

As an alternative to individualized coursework or the recommended electives, students may choose to concentrate in one of the following specialization areas. Please note that business courses carry a higher tuition charge than other courses.

  • Education Administration
  • Special Education
  • Literacy
  • Counseling
  • Mathematics
  • History
  • Business

Additionally, up to two 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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