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Urban Education


Urban education programs focus on how to meet the education needs of people who live in cities.

Urban education programs prepare people to provide educational services and administrative leadership in urban contexts.

These programs include topics such as:


Very few colleges and universities offer urban education programs at the undergraduate level.

Many universities offer graduate degrees in urban education. A master’s degree typically requires two years of study beyond a bachelor’s degree. Doctoral (PhD) degree programs usually require two or more years of study beyond the master’s degree.

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Program Admission

You can prepare for this program by taking courses in high school that prepare you for college. This typically includes four years of English, three years of math, three years of social studies, and two years of science. Some colleges also require two years of a second language.

Below is a list of high school courses that will help prepare you for this program of study:

Graduate Admissions

Admission to graduate programs is competitive. You need a bachelor's degree, good grades, and good test scores. If the focus of the program is on administration rather than teaching, you are likely to need teaching experience.

Additional requirements at some schools include:

Typical Course Work

Graduate Program Courses

A master's degree program in urban education typically includes courses such as the following:

The doctoral degree program in this field typically includes more courses such as the above, plus courses on research methods and advanced statistics, such as the following:

In addition, graduate programs typically require the following:

If the emphasis of the program is on teaching, the program usually includes practice classroom teaching.

Things to Know

Check your state's licensing requirements for school teachers and administrators.


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