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Urban Education, M.S.

About the Program

Enrollment in all teacher education programs follows the guidelines for Admission to Teacher Education Programs found in the catalog. Applicants who do not yet meet all admissions criteria should consult with the department.

The purpose of this degree program is to prepare teachers intellectually and pragmatically to be effective in urban classrooms and to become leaders in urban school districts. Students seeking entrance into the program who have not had experience in urban settings will be required to work closely with at least one urban educator during their degree program in order to experience the urban classroom first-hand.

This Master of Science in Urban Education degree program will provide the academic requirements for a NYS Professional Certificate for postbaccalaureate students through advanced study in the theory and pedagogy of urban education and further study in the content or concentration field required for professional certification.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are required to have a minimum undergraduate or graduate GPA of 3.0 and to submit scores from the GRE, GMAT, or MAT or equivalent nationally normed graduate level assessment for admission to all teacher education programs in SUNY. The MAT test is offered at Buffalo State: Contact the Graduate School for information. More information about the GRE can be found at gre.org.

Applicants whose entering GPA is less than a 3.0 GPA but above a 2.5 will be subject to additional admission review and potential pre-major coursework; students are encouraged to check with the Department that represents the content area they desire to pursue.

Additional admissions requirements:
Evidence of a completed undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher education.

Evidence of current or pending Teaching Certification at the initial level.
Recent graduates or students who are completing their undergraduate programs at the time of application should list their anticipated date of certification on the admission application.

A word-processed statement addressing the following:

1. Professional goals for the urban master’s program.
2. Related professional experiences.

The statement will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

1. Organization
2. Conventions of language
3. Content

Three letters of recommendations from persons familiar with the applicant’s academic background and teaching effectiveness. This letter should provide evidence of applicant’s understanding and commitment to working in an urban setting as well as their professionalism and academic ability.

Applicants will be required to participate in a phone or face-to-face interview.

Program Requirements

Required Courses 30 Credit Hours

Urban Core
UED 617 Contemporary Social Contexts Of Urban Education
UED 625 Pedagogies For The Urban Classroom
UED 632 Critical Education Theory In Urban Education
UED 655 Social Action: Teacher As Agent Of Change

Required Capstone Courses
SPF 689 Methods And Techniques Of Educational Research
EDU 690 Master's Project (Or Equivalent Capstone In Subject Area)

Evidence of completion of all NYS required workshops for teachers including DASA (non-credit)

Choose your area of initial certification - 12 cr hrs.

Childhood Education (1-6)
EDU 513 Theory, Research And Practice In Literacy Instruction
EDU 651 Theory, Research, And Practice In Mathematics Instruction
EDU 654 Theory Research And Practice In Social Studies Instruction
EDU 671 Theory, Research, And Practice In Science Instruction

Early Childhood (B-2)
EDU 513 Theory, Research And Practice In Literacy Instruction
EDU 651 Theory, Research, And Practice In Mathematics Instruction
EDU 654 Theory Research And Practice In Social Studies Instruction
EDU 671 Theory, Research, And Practice In Science Instruction

Students With Disabilities (1-6)
EXE 520 Teaching Of Individuals With Severe/Multiple Disabilities And Autism Spectrum Disorders
EXE 620 Advanced Teaching Of Individuals With Severe/Multiple Disabilities And Autism Spectrum Disorders
EXE 631 Adapting Language Arts And Reading Instruction For Students With Mild Disabilities
EXE 633 Adapting Content Area Instruction For Children And Adolescents With Disabilities

Career And Technical Education
BME 602 Curriculum Development And Planning In Business And Marketing Education
BME 605 Evaluation In Business And Marketing Education
CTE 530 Career Education: Rationale, Nature, And Concepts
CTE 536 Contemporary Methodology Business And Marketing Education:
BME 600 Principles Of Business And Marketing Education
BME 602 Curriculum Development And Planning In Business And Marketing Education
BME 604 Improving Instruction In Business And Marketing
BME 605 Evaluation In Business And Marketing Education

Technology Education
CTE 602 Administration Of Vocational Education
Or
BME 602 Curriculum Development And Planning In Business And Marketing Education
SPF 611 Evaluation In Education
TED 600 Foundations In Technology Education
TED 507 Technology Education Facility Planning And Management

Mathematics
12 hours selected in consultation with adviser in mathematics education

English Language Arts
12 hours selected in consultation with adviser in English Education.

Visual Arts
12 hours by advisement in art education

Social Studies
12 hours selected in consultation with adviser in social studies education

All courses are 3 credit hours unless otherwise indicated.

Social and Psychological Foundations of Education

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