The MS in Urban Education curriculum requires candidates to produce an Action Research or community-based research project related to justice-oriented urban education. Students will cultivate knowledge and skills to advocate for children and communities both locally and globally. The master’s program requires the completion of 33 semester hours of coursework at the graduate level with a minimum 3.0 GPA. A maximum of six graduate hours may be transferred from another institution, upon approval from an advisor. The program offers instructional and foundational areas of concentration from which students can select.

Program of Studies 


  • Urban Education Studies Core (9)

    Required (6)

    • EDF 6608 Social, Philosophical, and Historical Foundations of Education (3)

    • EDF 6689 Contemporary Issues in Urban Education (3)

    Choose from one of the following (3)

    • EDF 6211 Psychological Foundations of Education (3)

    • EDG 5707 Cultural/Cross-Cultural Studies in Education (3)

    • EDF 6684 Building a Home School Community Partnerships in a Context of Justice and Civic Engagement (3)

  • Action Research Core
    • EDF 5481 Foundations of Educational Research (3)
    • EDF 6487 Action Research for Educators (3)

Areas of Concentration

The areas of concentration within the urban education degree allow the candidates the opportunity to critically examine and deepen their understanding of related content. These areas are designed to allow students to choose a path of study that reflects their immediate career goals while maintaining program coherence.

  • TESOL Concentration

    This area of concentration develops the skills of educators to work with linguistically and culturally diverse populations.

    • EDG 5707 Cultural/Cross-Cultural Studies in Education (3)

    • TSL 5142 Curriculum Development in TESOL (3)

    • TSL 5245 Developing ESOL Language and Literacy (3)

    • TSL 5371 Special Methods of TESOL (3)

    • TSL 5938 Principles of ESOL Testing (3)

  • Bilingual Concentration
    This area of concentration equips educators with theoretical background and practical skills to work in teaching environments that promote language development in two or more languages.

    Required Courses (9)
    • FLE 5895 Bilingual Education Teaching Methodologies (3)
    • FLE 6938 Seminar in Second Language Testing (3)
    • EDG 5707 Cultural/Cross-Cultural Studies in Education(3)
    Electives (6)

    One (1) of the following:
    • TSL 6348 Task-Based Language Teaching (3)
    • TSL 5142 Curriculum Development in TESOL (3)
    • TSL 6925 Special Topics in Second Language Education (Curriculum Development in the Spanish Language Classroom)(3)
    and one (1) of the following:

    • SPN 5736 Spanish as a Heritage Language: Acquisition and Development(3)
    • LIN 5625 Studies in Bilingualism (3)
    *For those students interested in the Bilingual Graduate Certificate, course modification may be made with advisor approval.
  • Instruction Concentration
    This area of concentration emphasizes the deeper development of pedagogical practices that encourages candidates to advocate for children in urban settings.

    Required Courses (6)
    • EDG 5325 Analysis of Teaching (3)
    • EDG 5707 Cultural/Cross-Cultural Studies in Education (3)
    • Advisor approved content area or elective courses (9)
  • Foundations Concentration
    This area of concentration allows candidates to explore urban education from a broader theoretical perspective. Candidates can design their program of study in consultation with their advisor.
    • EDE 5267 Education of the Child in Urban Society (3)
    • EDF 5851 Socio/Cultural Conflict in Education (3)
    • EDF 6850 Comprehensive Internationalization: Practices and Applications (3)
    • EDF 6852 Educational Development Issues in Context: A Multidisciplinary Perspective (3)
    • EDF 6658 Selected Topics in International Development Education: Current Policy Issues and Problems (3)
    • EDF 6689 Contemporary Issues in Urban Education (3)
    • EDG 6627 Seminar: Issues and Trends in Curriculum and Instruction (3)
    • EME 6405 Computers in the Classroom (3)
    or Advisor-approved courses for this area of concentration