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Why Davenport's Program?

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. Candidates will also use the latest technological teaching tools to advance student learning and the teaching practice. Those who complete this 36-credit program shall receive a general, non-licensure master’s degree. Teachers who meet and/or exceed practice competencies will have the option of taking three additional credits towards an add-on certificate in teaching. Visit our webpage for more information on our Certificate in Urban Education.

By giving students “on the job” learning experiences, students can determine if teaching is a viable career choice. Likewise, the principal and district can see the talent they would want to hire. In addition, candidates will be assessed on their abilities to perform the skills they learn. Not all educational roads lead through teaching. By separating the degree from the certificate, the university can realize a greater degree of accountability for finding suitable placements for candidates.  If you are considering a non-teaching role in the field of education, consider or Masters of Urban Educational Leadership program.

Course of Study

Davenport graduate programs will help you become a standout for leadership in education. Our innovative, highly-respected curriculum is the only program of its kind in Michigan offering this unique model. Our relationships with educational leaders across the region and beyond become your connections for the future. 


  • Literacy Development an Instruction
  • Teaching Mathematics or Teaching Integrated Science
  • Data Analytics, Assessment and Measurement
  • Education and Law


  • Teaching English and Language Arts/Teaching Mathematics or Teaching Integrated Science
  • Family and Community Partnership Practice
  • Educational Psychology in Urban Environments
  • Classroom Management Strategies
  • Implementing a College and Career-Ready Curriculum


  • Differentiating Instruction in Urban Settings
  • School Improvement Planning
  • Using Technology to Enhance Learning
  • Building and Effective Lesson Plan
  • Leading Change



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Full Curriculum


The Master of Education in Urban Education is an alternate route, certification program that awards successful completers with a Master of Education and teacher certification in Math, English or Integrated Science. This alternate route/degree program allows individuals to teach in Michigan schools while fulfilling credential requirements. Davenport’s innovative approach to teacher training immerses a cohort of prospective teachers in a school for an academic year. Teachers in training are paired with a master teacher from the school. The coursework is delivered during the school day or online by faculty whose offices are in the school building. Faculty members provide immediate feedback through their assessments on the skills that matter most in effective teaching. Davenport’s program provides more time in the actual school setting so that prospective teachers develop the relationships and skills that are conducive for effective teaching.

Admissions Checklist
In order to qualify:

Fill out the Davenport Application for Admissions.

Candidates must have a bachelor's degree or above with a 3.0 GPA and pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Basic Skills exam as well as a subject area competency exam.

Two (2) signed professional recommendation forms and one personal recommendation form are required.

A current resume/CV must be submitted and it should include prior employment experience, educational background, and any organizational affiliations.

Statement of purpose (refer to the statement of purpose form in the admission packet).

Participate in an interview with the College of Urban Education (CUE) Admission Committee -  to be scheduled by Davenport upon submission of the completed application.

*Teacher Leader State Endorsement - for certified teachers who wish to receive State endorsement as a Teacher Leader. Candidates must have a completed M.Ed. including UEDU797, and can show 3 years of consistent student growth to be eligible for the teacher leader certificate. 

For more information regarding the Master of Education in Urban Education visit the Davenport University web site.

Which class should I take? When should I take it?
2017-2018 Recommended Program Sequence for Urban Education, M Ed and printable pdf download

Foundations Module9 cr.
UEDU610Foundations of Urban Education3 cr.
UEDU630Data Analytics, Assessment, and Measurement3 cr.
UEDU656Education and the Law3 cr.
Transformational Module9 cr.
UEDU682Family and Community Partnership Practice2 cr.
UEDU715Strategy Development of Task Performance Optimization2 cr.
UEDU730Culturally Competent Classroom Management3 cr.
UEDU742Implementing a College and Career Ready Curriculum2 cr.
Apprenticeship Module12 cr.
UEDU756Differentiating Instruction in an Urban Setting3 cr.
UEDU770Building an Effective Lesson Plan3 cr.
UEDU786Using Technology to Enhance Learning3 cr.
UEDU792School Improvement Planning3 cr.
Core Methods Courses6 cr.
UEDU700Clinical Observation0 cr.
Candidates must choose one Core Methods Course sequence:(6) cr.
UEDU701A/BLiteracy Development and Instruction3 cr and 3 cr cr.
UEDU702ATeaching Mathematics3 cr.
UEDU702BTeaching Mathematics - Transformational Module3 cr.
UEDU703A/BTeaching Integrated Science3 cr & 3 cr cr.
Additional courses required for State of Michigan Certification - Not required for certified teachers who applied to receive M.Ed. only(3) cr.
UEDU795Teaching Apprenticeship3 cr.
*Teacher Leader State Endorsement(3) cr.
UEDU797Leading Change3 cr.