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.
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
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:
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.
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
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.
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.