Department of Theory and Practice in Teacher Education

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Urban Education Graduate Certificate

The Urban Education Graduate Certificate offers aspiring and experienced educators an opportunity to serve diverse urban communities by strengthening their knowledge, skills and dispositions related to educational equity.  Urban and urbanizing communities are often characterized by incredible racial, ethnic, linguistic and cultural diversity. However, school curricula, instructional strategies, and the racially homogenous teaching force rarely address the needs of urban communities and represent a growing cultural gap between communities and schools. Educators who complete the Urban Education Graduate Certificate will be prepared to leverage the assets of students and families from diverse backgrounds to engage in meaningful change in the classroom, community, and beyond.
The certificate prepares educational professionals to work in urban environments through a focus on developing a deep understanding of various marginalized groups; collaborating with community members and organizations to form strong partnerships; and building strategies for teaching and leadership that promote academic achievement and positive social change in urban schools.

This program cultivates teacher leaders who will :

  • Recognize and adapt to pedagogical demands
  • Respect and understand historical legacies
  • Nurture collaboration
  • Advocate for student, school and community needs

Program Requirements


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