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Urban Teaching Graduate Degree

M.Ed. in Urban Teaching

The challenges that face teachers in today’s urban schools have dramatically increased over recent years. These challenges and social problems have also permeated communities outside traditional city boundaries so that they affect suburban and rural schools as well.

NLU’s Master of Education in Urban Teaching prepares teachers in the early stages of their careers to teach in high-needs schools.  The Urban Teacher program seeks to develop advanced, high-leverage teaching skills needed for teaching broadly diverse students in settings that face issues related to poverty, homelessness, under-resourcing of schools, exposure to health and safety risks, and student achievement gaps.

Consider getting your urban teaching master's at NLU if you:

  • Completed your initial teaching credential and now seek a broader knowledge base to help you succeed in a challenging teaching environment
  • Currently teach in an educational setting that includes challenges related to poverty, homelessness, under-resourcing, achievement gaps, and high demands on teachers’ time
  • Seek to develop advanced, high-leverage teaching skills to promote the success of culturally and linguistically diverse learners, including graduate coursework in English as a Second Language, Reading and Literacy, Data-Driven Instruction, and Designing Active Learning Environments
  • Need a strong support network and learning community to help you work through the unique challenges of your teaching environment

Successful candidates for the M.Ed. degree in Urban Teaching will:

  1. Learn to see schools and communities as resources that can be used in advocacy for the intellectual, emotional, cultural, and social development of all learners
  2. Understand the underpinnings of how your own students think, feel, and behave through your study of the psychology of learning, literacy development, and design of classroom environments
  3. Become a fully self-directed professional, elevating your resilience, productivity, and self-confidence while taking responsibility for one’s own learning in embracing the teaching life.
  • Demand for teachers will grow at a rate of 1-2% per year.
  • High-poverty school districts tend to have a higher job demand due to attrition rates of teachers.
  • Federal funds for education are often directed toward securing highly qualified teachers in such “high-needs school systems.”
  • Demand is above average for minority teachers and administrators.


Source:  Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook 2012 - 2022

NLU has a long-standing reputation for its education and administrator training programs, and is accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE). Since 1886, NLU has trained thousands of teachers and administrators and continues to graduate the majority of winners honored by Illinois’ two Golden Apple Foundations with one of the most prestigious teaching and leadership honors in the state. NLU is among the top 25 most diverse national universities according to the 2013 U.S. News & World Report rankings. NLU has received more than $65 million in funding for applied research projects in urban development, childhood development, school improvement and teacher preparation Our instructors bring both academic skills and their extensive leadership experience to the classroom, which brings unique depth to NLU’s Master of Education programs.

Students at our Illinois and Florida locations can take advantage of NLU's Master of Education in Urban Teaching program.

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