Urban Education Certificate

Program | Admission | Tuition | Required Courses

The concept of urban education is critical to our understanding of teaching and learning in the United States. Urban schooling has historically played a primary role in transforming education. The Arcadia University School of Education offers a 12 credit, 48 week post-baccalaureate Urban Education Certificate designed to help teachers better understand and be prepared to handle the complexity of teaching in urban K-12 settings, and to bolster students’ marketability in a competitive education market.

The state of Pennsylvania (1) provides scholarships to post-secondary students committing to teaching in urban schools 5 years; (2) Identifies critical shortages of certified teachers for PA urban areas and; (3) provides informational sessions and experiential programs for middle level and high school students to encourage them to pursue teaching careers in urban environments.

This certificate can be coupled with a master’s degree and/or state certification for both undergraduate and graduate students and can easily be added to almost all of the School’s M.Ed. programs. Students can apply one of two foundation courses required by this program to the certificate and only have 3 courses and a capstone project to complete the certificate.

Coordinator: Erica R. Davila, PhD.

Program Highlights

The Certificate can also be “stand alone” program, with the credential earned in one academic year.

Certificate features a culminating action research project to prepare students who are ready to begin their K-12 teaching career and others interested in research and scholarship in Urban Education at the master’s or doctoral level.

Fieldwork in Greater Philadelphia area urban schools likely to employ program participants.

Organized trips to off campus job fairs for all pre-service educators in the program and Q&A and networking sessions with school district representatives.

Admission Requirements

Arcadia University welcomes applications for this program from college graduates of all majors and professions seeking additional expertise in the field of urban education.

The following are required:
  • A graduate application, including personal statement, to be completed online at www.arcadia.edu/gradapp.
  • A bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a recommended GPA of a 3.0 in a relevant discipline.
  • One official transcript from each college, university or professional school attended.
  • Two letter of recommendation. The letter must be of a professional not personal nature.

GREs are not required for admission. Admission to the online certificate program does not guarantee admission to the Master of Education program. Those interested in pursuing the M.Ed. must submit an expanded application. Credits earned may be applied to the M.Ed. program.

Expenses and Financial Aid

  • Per credit costs for 2013-14 = $720 ($720 x 12 credits = $8,640)
  • Additional Expenses: Books and supplies (estimated) $250.

Financial aid is available to assist qualified students taking a minimum of six credits/semester in covering tuition and related expenses. Students can apply to receive up to $20,500 annually (but not more than their cost of attendance), through the Federal Direct Stafford Loan at a fixed interest. For more information on available financial aid and how to apply, visit www.arcadia.edu/finaid and click on Graduate.

Academic Policies and Procedures

A student accepted into the Urban Education Certificate program is expected to abide by the regulations set forth by Arcadia University.

Students in Arcadia University Graduate Certificate programs are subject to the academic policies of the College of Graduate Studies. Grades of “B” or better in every class are required to qualify for the Certificate.

Transfer Credit: Transfer credit is not permitted in this program.

The University reserves the right to dismiss a student at any time for unsatisfactory academic performance or for conduct detrimental to the University or to the welfare of other students.

Requirements for the Graduate Certificate in Urban Education

(12 credits) The following courses are required:

  • ED 501 Theory and Practice in Urban Education (3 credits)
  • ED 505 Cultural Foundations of Education (3 credits)
  • ED 651 Education Policy, Reform and Change (3 credits)
  • ED 547 Social Justice & Curriculum Development K-12 (3 credits)

Urban Education (ED)

Theory and Practice in Urban Education (ED501) (offered every fall and online in summer) (3 credits) This course is designed to provide you with the necessary information and learning experiences to ensure you are able to pursue further scholarly and practical matters concerning urban education in the United States. Once you have completed this course, you will be able to analyze urban educational policy, scholarship, and practice and evaluate your and others contributions to educating urban youth.

Cultural Foundations of Education (ED505) (offered every semester face to face including online in summer ) (3 credits) In this course, students will examine the ways in which educational institutions and the teachers within them structure learning experiences for various students depending in part on their interpretations of these students’ “differences.” Educators must be aware of issues that may arise due to at least two factors: (1) differences between teachers’ and students’ backgrounds and how institutions and individual teachers create learning environments to engage with these differences; and (2) how aspects of identity are framed and understood by teachers, parents, students and school administrators. In order to deepen our awareness of these issues, throughout this course, students will explore the formation, meanings and implications of various ideologies and beliefs specifically as they relate to teaching and learning. We will challenge common beliefs about our educational system as well as the society in which it has been shaped.

Education Policy, Reform and Change (ED651) (Offered in fall)  (3 credits) In this course using a sociological lens to explore school policy, students will focus on the impact on classroom practice, and ideological interpretations in cultural and philosophical context. Students will be challenged to think about policy, reform and change in education on a global level. Successful student, community and teacher movements that have led to educational reform and change both in the US and internationally are also addressed.

Social Justice & Curriculum Development K-12 (Capstone Course) (ED547) (offered in spring and summer) (3 credits) This course provides students with the theoretical and practical knowledge necessary for designing culturally competent curriculum. Resources for understanding Arcadia University Graduate Catalog 2013-14 the needs of student populations will be explored both in class and through out of class experiences involving schools, community and non-profit agencies as well as evidence based social justice oriented curricular programs. The particular needs of students living in poverty and educated in urban and suburban public schools will be addressed. This course will also explore diverse methods of culturally competent curriculum design and teach students skills for transforming existing lessons and unit plans to meet state standards and the needs of their students.

For more information about our graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed the program, and other important information, please visit our website at www.arcadia.edu/gainful.



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