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Graduate Bulletin

Urban Education, Ed.M.


Admission Requirements and Deadlines

Application Deadline:

Fall: June 1                                    [December 15 for international applicants]

Spring: December 1

Applications are evaluated as they arrive throughout the year.

Letters of Reference:

Number Required: 2

From Whom: Letters of recommendation should be obtained from faculty and others familiar with the applicant's academic competence and/or professionals familiar with the applicant's professional achievements.

Coursework Required for Admission Consideration:

No specific coursework is required for admission.

Bachelor's Degree in Discipline/Related Discipline:

A baccalaureate degree is required for admission to graduate study at Temple University. For admission to the Urban Education master's program, a bachelor's degree in the discipline or a related discipline is not required.

Statement of Goals:

The Statement of Goals is taken very seriously in reviewing applications. It should include a rationale for enrolling in the program, with specific attention given to how the program fits your needs and goals; a summary of relevant work, volunteer, and life experience; and a description of your particular research, intellectual, and applied interests.

Standardized Test Scores:

The GRE/MAT is required. The Admissions Committee reviews each application holistically. Generally, scores should be at or above the 50th percentile, especially for GRE verbal scores. Exceptions are sometimes made for applicants who have outstanding professional achievements.

Minimum TOEFL score or range of scores needed to be accepted: 575 paper-based or 230 computer-based. Any student admitted with a TOEFL score below 600 on the paper-based or 250 on the computer-based examination must pass an English skills course or successfully pass the SPEAK test during the first semester of enrollment at Temple University.


A resume is required.

Transfer Credit:

Graduate work from accredited institutions may be transferred into the Urban Education program. Awarding of such credits is based on an evaluation of the student's transcript by the student's assigned advisor. Grades must be "B" or better in order to transfer. The maximum number of credits a student may transfer is 6.

Program Requirements

General Program Requirements:

Number of Didactic Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 30

Required Courses:

Students are required to take four foundational courses in Urban Education that are selected in consultation with the student's advisor: one research methods course and three courses in the student's area of specialization. Students may specialize in School-Community Partnerships or Educational Policy. In addition, students are required to take an internship or field placement course. Each student designs her/his program individually with the advisor.

Internship: An internship is required. Students must take an internship/field placement course. The student selects and designs this field placement or internship in consultation with the advisor. Students must spend 120 hours at their internship or field placement site.

Language Examination: No language examination is required.

Culminating Events:

This program has no culminating events.


Program Contact Information:


Department Information:

Urban Education

248 Ritter Hall (003-00)
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Department Contacts:


Dr. Novella Keith


Program Coordinator:

Dr. Novella Keith


Graduate Chairperson:

Dr. Novella Keith



Dr. Kathleen Shaw


About the Program

The Urban Education program is an interdisciplinary program with a social justice orientation. It emphasizes the complexity of the relationships between urban schools and the political, economic, and historic factors that affect urban life more broadly. The master's degree in Urban Education addresses the needs of school-based educators as well as other professionals involved in community-based education and other nonschool-based educational endeavors. The curriculum is designed to provide students with relevant skills and knowledge while pursuing an area of interest.

Time Limit for Degree Completion: 4 years

Campus Location:

Main Campus

Some courses are offered at the Fort Washington, Harrisburg, and Center City campuses.

Full-Time/Part-Time Status:

Students are able to complete the degree program on a part-time basis (8 credit hours or less per semester) through classes offered after 4:30 p.m.

Department Information:


Urban Education

248 Ritter Hall (003-00)
1301 Cecil B. Moore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19122


Interdisciplinary Study:

The Urban Education program is both interdisciplinary and inter-college and takes advantage of the particular strengths of different schools/colleges and departments at Temple. Program faculty include those with full-time assignments in Urban Education, as well as affiliated faculty whose assignments are in other departments, such as African American Studies, Anthropology, Communication Sciences, Educational Administration, Educational Psychology, English, Geography and Urban Studies, History, Political Science, Social Administration, Sociology, Teacher Education, TESOL (English as Second Language), and Women's Studies. Affiliated faculty participate in the program's Advisory Board and other committees and work with students on independent studies and research projects.


Not applicable.

Study Abroad:



The College of Education was ranked 15th by the U.S. News & World Report in 2000. No rankings are available for Urban Education programs.


This degree program is accredited by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE).

Areas of Specialization:

Full-time program faculty specialize in urban educational policy and reform, school-community collaboration, transition to college, class and race issues, and history and social context of urban education. Affiliated faculty specialize in areas such as community-based research, urban studies, community mediation, writing instruction, African American families and youth, multicultural education, sociology of education, race relations, gender issues in administration, and higher education. For students interested in other areas of specialization, the program develops special links with appropriate faculty across the university.

Job Placement:

Ed.M. graduates find jobs in school districts, advocacy agencies, and community-based organizations.


Not applicable.

Non-Degree Student Policy:

Non-matriculated students may not take any course higher than 600 level. If admitted to the degree program, up to 9 credits of coursework (12 for Certificate students) may be applied toward the degree.

Financing Opportunities

Teaching Assistants (TAs) may assist faculty in their research and instruction. TAs may teach a recitation section of an undergraduate course. Applicants must obtain and submit an application form to the department chair by March 1 of the year preceding the academic year of assistantship.

Updated 12.5.05