Learn to effectively lead in urban schools 

Develop the tools and the confidence you need to be an urban educator who can tackle urban education issues within the classroom, building or school district through Davenport University’s College of Urban Education. Create learning opportunities that facilitate student success through urban education master’s programs that are both innovative and responsive to the urban schooling setting. 

Expedite your path to teaching and leading through alternative routes to certification

Take an alternative path to teacher and school administrator certification at Davenport, the only four-year institution in Michigan to offer both of these options. Our urban education graduate certificate allows you to receive an interim teaching certificate to teach in Michigan schools while you fulfill credential requirements. Our urban education leadership graduate certificate provides an alternative route to school administrator certification. Whichever path you choose, you can apply your credits toward a master’s degree in urban education at Davenport.  

100% online master’s urban educational leadership and real-time virtual master's urban education

Complete the urban education master’s program 100% online through Davenport’s pioneering Global Campus. Gain the skills that promote equity, creativity and opportunity for all children through urban education degree courses that are based on best practices and aligned with local and national standards. 

Learn from urban education experts

Grow as a professional and an educational researcher when you learn from Davenport’s experts in urban schooling. Benefit from mentors, coaches and partnerships with local school districts — and from learning alongside other urban educators who share their unique perspectives with you. 


If you’re pursuing teacher certification at Davenport, consider applying for a Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant. A TEACH Grant is designed to help you pay for college if you plan to become an urban educator in a low-income school district. 


The College of Urban Education envisions teachers, educational leaders, and systems that sustain equity, creativity and opportunity for urban communities.

Explore Davenport’s master’s in urban education  

Prepare to become a highly effective urban educator and leader through the Davenport College of Urban Education. Explore the urban education master’s programs and certificates below to see which best fits your urban schooling goals. If you have questions, please call us at 800.686.1600 or email us at info@davenport.edu.


Are you looking to ignite a passion for STEM education? Join the club - the FUSE Club. The College of Urban Education's Future Urban STEM Educators (FUSE) initiative, developed with grant support from the National Science Foundation and the Herman Miller Cares Foundation, addresses STEM inequities in underserved communities by introducing high school students to the wonders of STEM teaching. The College of Urban Education has partnered with school districts across Michigan to launch local FUSE clubs within their communities. If you would like to launch a FUSE club or locate active clubs in your community please contact Dr. Susan Gunn, Dean of the College of Urban Education at sgunn3@davenport.edu.

Master’s Urban Education

Get on an expedited path to your teacher certification and become a leader in K-12 urban education systems through this urban education master’s program. This alternative route to teacher certification — the only one of its kind in Michigan — prepares you for the teaching and problem-solving skills needed in today’s urban schooling. Become the teacher you’ve always wanted to be through master’s in urban education courses that give you a deeper understanding of the needs within urban education. 

Master’s Urban Educational Leadership

Through rigorous academic work and on-going practiced-based learning experiences, this 36-credit urban education leadership program prepares you to become a high-performing, transformative leader in urban schools and districts. Designed primarily for candidates looking to become an assistant principal, principal or dean of students, this urban education leadership degree is based on best practices and intentionally aligned with national Professional Standards for Educational Leaders (PSEL) and the Michigan Standards for the Preparation of Building Administrators.