Urban Schooling Master's

Program Objectives

  • Prepares you, the education professional, for work as a change agent in your classroom, school and broader educational arena.
  • Developed for the engaged, passionate educator committed to a transformational vision of schooling, this degree equips you with the knowledge base, skill sets and critical perspectives needed for successful practice and advocacy in a variety of educational settings.
  • In a political and policy climate that encourages and praises direct instruction methods, skills-based learning and accountability through testing, this program is situated within democratic theories of education and is designed to provide you with the tools to engage in meaningful and creative conversations about the short-term and long-term consequences of today’s climate.

Areas of Study

Course Title Units
FPR-6000 Foundations of American Education 3
FPR-6060 Education in the Popular Imagination 3
FPR-6050 Critical Pedagogy and Educational Theory 3
FPR-7500 Community Contexts of Schooling 3
FPR-6550 Politics, Policy and Reform 3
FPR-7720 Urban Education in a Global Community 3
FPR-7705 Learning Inside and Outside the Classroom 3
FPR-6700 Reconceptualizing the Curriculum 3
FPR-6640 Teacher as Researcher 3
FPR-6900 Seminar in Critical Praxis 3

Master’s Capstone Experience

You will explore teaching as a political practice and be challenged to develop an action plan that emphasizes your role as an agent of change in your professional setting and as an advocate for the students and the community it serves. The class will provide theoretical and philosophical frameworks for reflection on your own beliefs and assumptions as they relate to creating a personal advocacy statement. The statement will include a discussion of the ways in which individuals can create more a democratic, equitable, relevant, and engaging school experience for their students; a discussion of your role as an agent of change within an educational system that often encourages conformity and political passivity; a discussion of the potential ways teachers can and should become advocates for their students, their families and the communities they serve. The class is designed to allow you to synthesize, critique and add to the themes presented throughout the program within the context of your own experience. The course is designed to allow you to create a personal plan of action that can be carried out after you have completed the program.

NOTE: This is only an introduction of the program. You are responsible to review the Graduate Catalog for program details.