Johns Hopkins University

School of Education

Graduate Certificate in Urban Education


2800 N Charles St

Baltimore, MD 21218

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Graduate Certificate in Urban Education

Format: Campus

Program Description:

Urban areas throughout the United States combine a rich diversity of race, ethnicity, language, culture, and class with high concentrations of poverty. The 18-credit Graduate Certificate in Urban Education will assist early-career certified teachers and other education professionals in understanding, valuing, and contributing to the rich tapestry of schools and communities in urban and urbanizing settings in order to enhance learning outcomes for all students.  The certificate prepares educational professionals to work in urban environments through a focus on building a deep understanding of urban residents; creating strong partnerships between schools, families, and communities; and developing the leadership skills necessary for leading change initiatives related to urban education. Through core course activities and individual preparation, participants will demonstrate an understanding of and competencies in:

  • Understanding the interrelationships of race, class, and culture in urban classrooms.
  • Communicating effectively within the school and parent community.
  • Engaging community resources to enhance learning experiences.
  • Building leadership capacity within the school setting.
  • Linking school and classroom practices with systemic initiatives.
  • Understanding the implications of recent research about urban school reform.

The certificate offers three different tracks, including pedagogy, policy, and partnerships.  Students in each track take the same three core courses.  Each track also includes two additional specialization courses, as well as one research course.


Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools, Middle States Commission on Higher Education

Facts & Figures

Financial Aid: Yes

International Financial Aid: No

# of Credits Required: 18

Average Cost per Credit (Graduate): 774 USD

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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