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. 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.

    Admissions Requirements

    How to Apply

    To apply, submit an application along with a fee of $60 to the College of Education.

    You will need a bachelor’s degree and in most cases a 3.0 undergraduate / graduate GPA or higher for admission. After submitting the application, upload your supporting materials (listed below) through MyTU. If you prefer, you may also mail these materials to:

    Temple University College of Education
    Office of Enrollment Management
    Ritter Annex 150
    1301 Cecil B. Moore Ave.
    Philadelphia, PA 19122-6091

    Be sure to include your name and TUid on all documents that you mail to Temple. You will receive your TUid via email once you submit your application for admission. View a complete set of application instructions for graduate study in the College of Education

    Application Components

    Submit the following materials to be considered for admission into this graduate certificate.

    1. Official undergraduate and graduate transcripts: Submit your undergraduate and graduate transcripts from all the accredited institutions you’ve attended.
    2. Recommendations: Submit two letters of recommendation from college or university professors who can speak to your academic abilities.
    3. Statement of goals: Write a statement outlining your interest in the Graduate Certificate in Urban Education program. Focus on your interests, target career, and your academic and job-related experiences that are relevant to the program.
    4. Résumé or curriculum vitae: Submit a current copy with your application materials.

    Additional Requirements for International Students

    International applicants should also submit:

    1. An official document that validates completion and conferral of a degree, diploma, and/or certificate. While not required, applicants are encouraged to submit transcript(s) to the World Education Services for evaluation.
    2. Official TOEFL or IELTS exam scores if you are a non-native speaker of English. Minimums: 79 iBT or 6.5 IELTS. Learn more about specific documents you may need to complete your application for the College of Education as an international student.

    Application Deadlines

    Applications are now being accepted for the Spring, Summer and Fall 2018 semesters. Submit all required admissions documents by the March 1 application deadline to receive priority consideration for admissions and financial support. 

    Tuition & Fees

    In keeping with Temple’s commitment to access and affordability, the Graduate Certificate program 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. Learn more about our tuition and fees.

    These tuition costs apply to the 2017–2018 academic year.

    Pennsylvania resident: $898.00 per credit
    Out-of-state: $1,231.00 per credit

    Related Degrees

    Temple’s degrees in Urban Education provide students with a thriving public university environment and a social justice perspective.


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