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.

Which class should I take? When should I take it?

See our Recommended Program Sequences:

Finish this graduate certificate program in just one year
Benefit from a 18:1 student-to-faculty ratio at Davenport University
Enjoy convenient, 100% Livestream urban education degree classes
Number of students in urban schools positively impacted by our program participants

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:

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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. 


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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.


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Award-winning program

Davenport is a Transformational Award Winner as recognized by the American Council on Education.


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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. 


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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.


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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


“The College of Urban Education prepares teachers to work in urban education because all of the courses that it offers are well connected to meeting the needs of urban districts.”

-Arnaldo Melendez, M Ed ’17

Principal, Dickinson Cultural Center
Grand Rapids Public Schools

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.

Talk to a graduate admissions advisor

Davenport’s admissions team is here to answer your questions. Please call us at 800.686.1600 or email us at

Apply now or request more information

Become an urban educator through the graduate certificate program. Request more information or begin your application now.

About Davenport University 

Davenport Campus

Davenport is a private, not-for-profit university with more than 150 years of experience preparing students for successful careers.

Offering over 80 degree and certificate 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.*

Some programs require a student to complete a portion of their degree plan off-campus. 
View a full list of those programs and courses


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