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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 taught by leading Providence College faculty and highly qualified education professionals from urban school departments— focuses on understanding the sociocultural contexts of urban teaching and developing strategies for student success.

Application deadline March 15th for the cohort that begins in Summer Session I.*

*Note that students can take up to 2 elective courses before the cohort officially begins.

Admission Requirements

A 2.75 undergraduate gpa is required for conditional admission to the program.  A 3.0 or higher undergraduate gpa is required for full admission.  A conditional admission indicates that the student will be required to meet additional academic criteria during their initial coursework to gain full admission.

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Who is Our Typical Student?

Our students are highly motivated to serve urban youth and families, are committed to student success both academically and socially, and are concerned for social justice.  From an experience perspective, our students fall into one of two categories:

Are certified teachers seeking to work or currently working in urban school

Non-certified adults seeking to earn a secondary teaching certificate and work in in urban middle or high schools. Applicants in this category should click here for more information about our joint TCP/Urban Teaching program for aspiring urban teachers. The remainder of the information on this page pertains to applicants who fall under category 1.

The Program & Courses

The program consists of 10 courses and has been designed to be flexible in meeting the needs and schedules of our students. Thus, the program can be completed in as little as 2 or as long as 5 years. The program follows a hybrid-cohort model in which the students take5 classes as a group and 5 classes that suit their individual professional development interests. A new option for electives this year is a 3-course focus area in English as a Second Language. All elective courses are selected in consultation with the Program Director.

Required Cohort Courses

Summer 1 (late May to end of July)

EDU 661: Culturally Competent Teaching

EDU 662: Differentiating Instruction for Diverse Urban Learners

Fall 1

EDU 665: English Applied Linguistics

Spring 1

EDU 663: Diversity Seminar

Summer 2 (late May to end of June)

EDU 664 [Capstone]: Successful Urban Teaching

Elective Courses

After admission into the program, students will meet individually with the Program Director who will assist them in customizing the program to meet their personal professional development goals. Students may draw from courses in any of the following graduate program areas.

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

ESL Focus Area

As an alternative to individualized coursework students may choose to concentrate in English as a Second Language. This focus area consists of 3 classes that complement the required EDU 665: English Applied Linguistics cohort class. Please note that this concentration does not lead to state certification as an ESL instructor.  Instead, it provides targeted support for teachers who will be working with English Language Learners.

The 3 classes and their scheduling sequence are as follows:


English Language Teaching in Practice


EDU 668: Language, Literacy, and Culture

EDU 669: English Teaching Practicum

Transfer courses

Up to two elective 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.