The College of Urban Education (CUE) prepares and develops education practitioners in real world settings to meet the educational demands of urban environments. Graduates demonstrate the skills to create holistic learning opportunities in urban settings that facilitate student success. CUE develops programs that are innovative and responsive to the needs of urban communities. The College of Urban Education envisions teachers, education leaders and systems that sustain equity, creativity and opportunity for urban communities.
A team of national experts designed this innovative program around the unique needs of students in urban classrooms. It is built to prepare a diverse cohort of prospective teachers to bring equity, creativity and opportunity to urban communities.
Davenport University’s Urban Education programs prepare and develop teachers in real world settings to meet the education demands of urban environments. Why would you choose Davenport's program over another institution? We have the answer to these and other questions.
- Uniquely prepare you as a dynamic and effective teacher.
- Assist you in sustaining relationships with students, teachers and families encouraging career longevity.
- Create a strong foundation of leadership to impact your school and colleagues
Advancing beyond traditional curriculums, this program will immerse you in the actual
Pre-Service teachers will be mentored by a proven effective teacher from the program’s inception.
Pre-service and In- service candidates will be observed weekly and receive real-time feedback on their teaching practice
All candidates will participate in service learning opportunities designed to augment their classroom teaching experience.
Because of our unique partnership with placement schools, you’ll enjoy more opportunities to practice critical skills in a real world setting. The Master of Urban Education degree is intentionally separated from the teaching certificate. This allows faculty to award the certificate based on demonstrated quality teaching.
By 2050 most of the world’s population will live in urban areas. Davenport’s slogan is “Get where the world is going.” The College of Urban Education is simply living out that mission.
Urban communities must count on schools and colleges to build the capacity of its residents through education. Simultaneously, these communities must see educational institutions in cities as some of its most important assets. Schools and universities must train people well enough to hire them later. Urban districts are currently realizing what happens when its most talented graduates do not refresh their former system. Schools offer opportunities for intellectual and economic enrichment. Education’s intellectual and economic impacts both must occur in our cities if we want to students in urban school systems advance.
Our master’s program is a game changer because we strategically plan enrollments to address partnership district needs. The program gives candidates more time in the actual school setting to develop 21st century skills as well as the relationships that facilitate learning. University faculty are embedded at the school site to provide feedback and support. Candidates are given the technological tools to improve instruction. The curriculum is tied to student outcome data and is assessed by its ability to increase student learning.
WE ARE INSPIRED TO CHANGE
The idea of a new college – the Davenport University College of Urban Education began as an innovative response to the national and state-level calls for change in teacher preparation and Michigan’s need for effective teachers in low-performing schools. Davenport University launched the College of Urban Education in 2013. It continues to grow as a collaborative effort throughout Michigan – and beyond.
WE ARE DRIVEN TO LEAD
Our program architects, considered the recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Clinical Preparation and Partnerships prepared by NCATE and released in the report, Transforming Teacher Education through Clinical Practice: A National Strategy to Prepare Effective Teachers for Improved Student Learning in 2010.
The panel studied "the gap between how teachers are prepared and what schools need." Its findings identified key design principles and strategies to revolutionize teacher education. Because we focus on applying these principles exclusively in urban settings DU’s College of Urban Education’s is taking the lead in preparing effective urban educators. We accomplish this through creating innovative programs as well as forming key partnerships with urban school districts.
WE ARE EQUIPPED TO TRANSFORM:
Davenport University College of Urban Education degree programs:
- Transform urban education, by revolutionizing how we prepare teachers to educate.
- Forge strategic partnerships between urban schools and Davenport University.
- Forms of team highly effective urban educators with teaching candidates in the classroom.
- Tracking data for the continuous improvement of processes to ensure dynamic, outcomes-based results.
- Prepare teachers who are capable of helping urban students succeed.
Davenport University’s Master of Urban Education program prepares and develops teachers in real world settings to meet the education demands of urban environments. This innovative teacher-training program focuses on student learning, prepares content experts in clinical settings and measures progress based on data.
Dr. Susan Gunn is currently Dean of the College of Urban Education at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Prior to this appointment she held the dual position of Associate Dean of the College of Urban Education and Science Department Chair in Davenport’s College of Arts and Science. Dr. Gunn possesses a B.S. in Education and a Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from the University of Michigan. Dr. Gunn has extensive experience in program and curriculum development, faculty recruitment, mentoring, supervision, strategic planning, evaluation, research, fiscal monitoring and budget management. At Davenport, she has created degree programs, and developed STEM-based community outreach academic summer camp programs. Dr. Gunn has extensive teaching experience which covers a broad range from high school to college to medical school programs. One of her focused interests is to help develop well-trained STEM educators who can impart the importance of science to PK-12 students. Dr. Gunn is passionate about urban education, having been herself a product of Detroit Public Schools. Dr. Gunn often stresses her passion for helping students of color and other marginalized youth to obtain a quality, college/career-ready education, which is critical for success in the 21st century.
I have worked within elementary and high schools, colleges, and administrative offices of educational institutions. A highlight of my career is the creation of a unique, innovative professional development program for hundreds of teachers in impoverished areas throughout Brazil. In 2013 I received my Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from Saint Mary’s College of California. The research I conducted, tested areas that might increase teachers’ job satisfaction and determine what compels teachers to remain in the profession. I have also published many articles and four books—one academic, two novels and a children’s book.