Urban Education Graduate Certificate

The Urban Education Graduate Certificate program engages students in collaborative, education-focused work with diverse groups of people in urban settings. Develop a deep understanding of urban schools and communities, with a particular emphasis on the economic, historical, political and social factors that shape urban education. Learn to create connections between theory and practice and move beyond stories of urban school failure to analysis of successful approaches and policies.

Who Might Be Interested?

The program attracts individuals from a variety of backgrounds, including activists, community leaders, educators and parents.

Credit Requirements

To earn the Urban Education Graduate Certificate, you must complete four graduate-level courses (12 credits) in the College of Education and Human Development. Non-matriculated students may transfer up to nine credits of coursework before enrolling in the certificate program.

Classes & Curriculum

Topics addressed in the curriculum include

  • current trends in school reform; 
  • education policy; 
  • the history of urban education; 
  • race, class and schools; and 
  • theory, practice and program development related to creating and sustaining partnerships between schools, agencies and communities.

See the certificate curriculum.

Delivery Method 

All courses are delivered in the classroom on Temple’s Main Campus in Philadelphia. You can enroll part- or full-time and have up to two years to complete the certificate program.

Voluntary Internships

Internships give you opportunities to get hands-on experience, refine your understanding of your coursework and make professional contacts who can assist your future career development. Internships are voluntary experiences that take place outside of the program curriculum: students do not receive credit for internships. 

Tuition & Fees

In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, this Graduate Certificate offers a competitive level of tuition with multiple opportunities for financial support.

Tuition rates are set annually by the university and are affected by multiple factors, including program degree level (undergraduate or graduate), course load (full- or part-time), in-state or out-of-state residency, and more. These tuition costs apply to the 2023–2024 academic year.

Pennsylvania resident: $1,053.00 per credit
Out-of-state: $1,449.00 per credit

Learn more about our tuition and fees.


For more information about this program, the College of Education and Human Development, how to apply for admission, and your application status, contact Enrollment Management.

Enrollment Management
Ritter Annex 150
1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19122
Phone: 215-204-8011
Email: educate@temple.edu


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