Undergraduate Urban Education Minor
(for Penn undergraduates)
The crisis in American education continues to confound major sectors of American life. National attention has engaged various constituencies — non-profit business organizations, local, state and federal governments, teachers' unions, and universities — in trying to understand and improve public education.
At Penn, students and faculty have become deeply involved in local schools through community service, research and academically based community service. In response to student interest in community and education issues, Penn’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Education sponsor an interdisciplinary minor in urban education.
The seven-course undergraduate Urban Education Minor offers students a unique opportunity to bridge learning between the classroom and community, and features:
Academically based community service in local schools
Deeper understanding of the complex factors affecting urban education
Field-based research in your major or other area of interest
Hands-on opportunity to investigate a career in education
The minor is open to undergraduates in all disciplines. Students take three core courses: Urban Education, Child or Adolescent Development and the Urban Education Capstone course. Additionally, each student takes four elective courses to satisfy the minor requirements. These courses will vary depending upon the student's interests. Students may submatriculate into the M.S.Ed. degree program in Elementary (grades PrK-4) Middle Level (grades 4-8) or Secondary (grades 7-12) Education in their junior year if they are interested in earning Pennsylvania Department of Education instructional 1 certification
Here is more information about the urban education minor:
The Leonore Annenberg Teaching Fellowships prepare highly talented Penn Arts and Sciences undergraduates for leadership careers in urban classroom teaching and leadership. Applicants for the Fellowship need not be urban education minor students, but they must be undergraduate students (juniors or seniors) in Penn’s College of Arts and Sciences. Here is more information about this fellowship program:http://www.upenn.edu/ccp/programs/view-complete-list/267.html?task=view