This program 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.
The coursework provides the grounding in philosophy, theoretical frameworks and historical background needed to understand educational policies and practices from the global context to the level of individual communities and classrooms.
You will gain conceptual and practical tools for action and activism through curriculum development, teacher inquiry and action-oriented course assignments, and will leave the program with a deeper understanding of how your work as a teacher is influenced by societal and structural forces, school and community contexts, and your own life history and implicit beliefs systems. You will be exposed to paradigms and perspectives that have the potential to influence your practice in practical ways, and impact the ways in which you think about planning and engaging with students, other educators, and communities. It is hoped that this knowledge will empower and inspire you to reimagine your practice and remake your school as a more just and humane place for students, families and educators.
The master's degree in urban schooling will give you a taste of the intellectually demanding coursework that doctoral programs offer. This program will prepare and position you to engage in further scholarly work.