Start or advance your career as an urban educator – in just one year’s time
Alternative Route to Teacher Certification Program (22 credits)
Together we can transform the landscape of urban education, meeting the unique educational demands of K-12 urban classrooms. With this education graduate certificate, you’ll learn culturally responsive teaching strategies that empower students intellectually, socially and emotionally. Additionally, you’ll receive mentoring and coaching throughout the program with 1:1 data-based feedback to refine your teaching, as you continue to learn. Flexible class schedules are available with Davenport's Global Campus.
All coursework for this graduate certificate program is based on graduate-level instruction, therefore all program participants must possess a bachelor’s degree. If you have a bachelor’s degree and have passed the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification in your discipline area, you’ll also receive an interim teaching certificate (along with this education graduate certificate) that allows you to teach in Michigan schools while you fulfill credential requirements.
This urban education graduate certificate also opens doors to further career opportunities for current educators seeking an additional endorsement or certification.
What is urban education?
While this program will equip you to teach diverse populations in urban schools, the knowledge and skills you acquire will prepare you to succeed in all primary or secondary educational settings.
Explore classes for Davenport’s urban education graduate certificate
Become a culturally competent urban educator through urban education graduate certificate courses that include foundations of urban education, family and community partnership practice, educational psychology in urban education and culturally responsive classroom management.
|UEDU600||Introduction to Teaching||3|
|UEDU610||Foundation of Urban Education||3|
|UEDU682||Family & Comm Partnership Prac||2|
|UEDU715||Educational Psych in Urban Ed||2|
|UEDU730||Classroom Mgmt Strategies||3|
|UEDU665||Special Educ Field Exper||3|
|UEDU756||Differen Instruct Urban Settng||3|
Core Methods Course
Which class should I take? When should I take it?
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Why pursue an urban education graduate certificate at Davenport?
In addition to your courses for the education graduate certificate, you’ll build cultural competence by working directly in urban classrooms mentored and coached by experienced teachers. If you’re already a teacher, you’ll gain additional endorsements and develop the highly sought-after skills you need to advance your career as an urban educator.
Plus, once your urban education graduate certificate is in hand, you’ll be just 17 credits away from obtaining a master of urban education, should you choose to advance even further at Davenport.
Experience the Davenport difference:
Faculty experts in urban education
Learn from Davenport faculty who have 30+ years of collective experience as educators, with expertise in areas like elementary and secondary teaching and educational leadership as well as certification in Online+ learning instruction.
Expedited path to becoming an urban educator
Teach in Michigan schools while fulfilling credential requirements through this graduate certificate program. Receive an interim teaching certificate while completing this one-year certificate.
Davenport is a Transformational Award Winner as recognized by the American Council on Education.
Mentorship and guidance
Receive the guidance and mentorship you need to become an in-demand urban educator by being paired with a master teacher within your assigned school in an urban setting.
Tuition assistance and grants
Receive tuition assistance and be paid as a full-time teacher when you enroll in Davenport’s graduate certificate program if you work for one of our partner districts. TEACH Grants are also available.
Service learning and research
Get involved in STEM-oriented service-learning opportunities in the graduate certificate program. You’ll also gain hands-on experience through projects and research in urban education and more.
Hear one principal's thoughts about Davenport's College of Urban Education
Get started on your urban education graduate certificate
Explore the admissions requirements and then take the next step toward earning your education graduate certificate at Davenport.
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About Davenport University
Davenport is a private, not-for-profit university with more than 150 years of experience preparing students for successful careers.
Offering over 60 bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, we align with top employers to design degree programs that help you gain the skills and real-world experience you need to rise above the rest. With small class sizes and campuses across Michigan or online, you’ll earn a quality education on your schedule at Davenport University.
- A completed bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or approved international institution with a required overall grade point average (GPA) of 3.00 or better (on a 4.00 scale).*
- A Criminal History Authorization form and Fingerprinting done at a Authorized Fingerprinting Location (see your admission representative for details).
- A completed Certificate in Urban Education Packet including a curriculum vitae, statement of purpose, and two (2) letters of recommendation on required forms.
- Participate in an interview with the College of Urban Education (CUE) Admission Committee – to be scheduled by Davenport upon submission of the completed application.
- An official copy of the Score Report indicating passing scores for the MTTC Subject Area Exam.
*Participants have a cohort grade point average of at least 3.0 on a 4.0 scale or the equivalent on another scale, as determined by the Michigan Superintendent of Public Instruction, upon earning the degree required under MCL 380.1531i(2)(b). If a cohort member has earned more than 1 degree, the highest grade point average earned by the cohort member must be used in calculating the cohort grade point average under this subparagraph.