Urban Education is representative of the best educational research and applied practices available in the field today. Issues of race, gender, socio-economic class, equity, linguistic pluralism and social justice can be found in every classroom whether urban, suburban, rural, public or private. The degree to which these factors can be found in a school is the only difference.
The mission of the School of Urban Education is to develop transformative professional educators who are:
- Subject matter experts;
- Schooled in child and adolescent development;
- Practicing scholars of educational research;
- Equipped to advance every child’s learning amid the social, economic and cultural diversity found in the classroom and surrounding community.
Research indicates that, just as with the medical profession, the more hours spent in the clinical experience to apply content knowledge and practices, the better prepared the student will be for transition to career responsibilities. Learning to integrate technology into classrooms is a fundamental component of the teacher preparation program. In addition to standard uses of technology tools, there will be the opportunity to understand and assist the progress of students in a classroom through software analysis, applications of various social media and interpretation and uses of data to advance learning.
All education courses taken by student teaching interns will stress the relevance of the course content to classroom applications as demonstrated by on-site projects with partner schools whenever possible.
Urban Education students benefit from the School’s collaboration and partnerships with other components of TU’s academic and service community:
- The University School for the Gifted
- STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Summer Programs for Students and Teachers
- Continuing Education/Lifelong Learning
- True Blue Neighbors
- Kendall-Whittier Elementary Community School
- Communication Disorders (Deaf Education and Language Pathology)
- TU’s Center for Community Development and Research (CCRD)
- Gilcrease Museum
- Henry Zarrow Center for Arts and Education
- Global Alliance Center
- English Programs for International Studies