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Department of Educational Administration

Urban Education Graduate Certificate

Graduate students in the College of Education have an opportunity to study issues of urban education in greater depth through the Urban Education Graduate Certificate program. This interdepartmental sequence of courses is primarily for doctoral students who have a particular interest in teaching and conducting research within the contexts of urban communities.

Preparation for Teaching in Urban Communities

Addressing inequities in education for students of color, English language learners and young people growing up in under-resourced communities is a major priority of Michigan State University’s College of Education. The college also has a specialized undergraduate teacher preparation program focused on education in urban areas.

Defining Urban Education

We define urban education as teaching and learning in urban contexts that serve students who have been historically disenfranchised and traditionally marginalized by systems of inequality based primarily on race, ethnicity, culture, gender, social class, language, and disability.

Providing you with the Tools to Better Serve Urban School Children

To earn a certificate in urban education, students are required to complete 12 credits from the selection of new and revised classes on topics such as Teaching in Urban Contexts, Critical Race Theory in Education, and Diverse Families and Communities. They also must complete an internship focused on urban education developed in consultation with their advisor.

Graduate Certificate Courses

Application Process

Master’s Students

  • Write a one (1) page summary describing your interest in Urban Education and highlight how you plan to utilize the knowledge from this graduate certificate in future endeavors.
  • Complete the Intent to Enroll form (found below).
  • Attach a copy of your unofficial graduate level transcripts, found at

Merge all documents together into a single PDF. Send the file via e-mail to

Master’s applications will be reviewed monthly. Please submit your materials by the 1st of each month to be included in the review. Decisions will be made within 30 days and you will be notified via e-mail.

Doctoral Students

Complete the Intent to Enroll Form (found below) and submit it via e-mail to

Important Forms

Contact Us

For General Questions

K-12 Program Assistant

Program Co-Coordinators

Gerardo R. López