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Welcome to the UW-Whitewater site for Urban Education! Here you will learn about how urban education is defined, information about our program and how it can help you build a meaningful career! We look forward to helping you become an advocate for and develop programming that meet the needs of all students and challenge them to achieve their potential within an urban environment.
The University of Wisconsin - Whitewater's Urban Education module is developed to engage and prepare students who seek to work with youth in urban and or diverse settings. Using the city as a lab, the module explores the historical, cultural, social, geographic, and economic contexts of education and the paradoxes of ensuring equal education for all. The objectives that will be met through this module include the development of knowledge, skill, and disposition to work across various differences, including race/ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, nationality, language, and ability level.
This program is open to students across the university; students who have an interest in working with youth or in educational settings would particularly benefit from the module
UW-Whitewater's Urban Education module is developed to prepare students, in all areas of education, who seek to work in urban school settings, to become culturally competent educators.
To complete the certificate, students must:
Students who successfully complete the Module will receive a transcript designation URBAN EDUCATION MODULE
To enroll in the Urban Education Module please complete the registration form, here.
You will be sent a welcome letter with information about advising. Please allow two weeks for processing.
For more information contact:
Dr. Laura Porterfield
Wisconsin Teaching Standards
The following are Wisconsin teaching standards by which every educator is expected to abide and meet through the curriculum of UW-Whitewater's Urban Education module.
Standard #1: The teacher understands the central concepts, tools of inquiry, and the structure of the discipline he or she teaches and can create learning experiences that make these aspects of subject matter meaningful for pupils.
Standard #3: The teacher understands how pupils differ in their approaches to learning and the barriers that impede learning and can adapt instruction to meet the diverse needs of pupils including those with disabilities and exceptionalities.
Standard #9: The teacher is a reflective practitioner who continually evaluates the effects of his/her choices and actions on pupils, parents, professionals in the learning community and who actively seeks out opportunities to grow professionally.
For more information on the standards by which educators are expected to perform, please go to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction website by clicking here.
The objectives that will be met through this module include the development of knowledge, skill and disposition. After completing the Urban Education Module, students will be able to:1. Identify social, economic and political characteristics, patterns and functions of the urban center.2. Identify current and on-going issues common in urban areas.3. Demonstrate knowledge of issues both historical and contemporary relating to at least one urban racial/ethnic group.4. Demonstrate an understanding of educational principles related to teaching in diverse urban classrooms.5. Demonstrate an ability to relate to diverse learners.
Enrollment in the Urban Education module will require Whitewater students to complete the following additional coursework. This module includes 12 Academic Credits.
Complete these six (6) credits from the College of Education
Complete three (3) credits from this list:
Complete three (3) credits from this list:
These credits are in addition to UW-W required diversity courses.
AFRIAMR 100 Introduction to Black Culture
AFRIAMR 141 Modern Black American History
AFRIAM 270 The African American Community
AFRIAM 396 Current Issues in Black Studies
CHICANO 150 Introduction to Chicano Studies
CHICANO 310 History in the US
CHICANO 320 Politics of the Chicano
CHICANO 330 Chicano and the Latino American Thought
GEOGRPY 430 Geography of Race and Ethnicity in the United States
RACEETH 217 Ethnic Politics
RACEETH 380 Race, Ethnicity and Social Justice: Issues for Helping Professionals
SOCIOLGY 426 Minorities and the Criminal Justice System
COMM 424 Cross Cultural Communications
Urban Education encompasses the education of students in school systems that typically operate in metropolitan areas. These areas are often faced with higher rates of poverty, diversity and sometimes crime. Generally, schools in urban settings are larger and lack the resources and support to competently and appropriate educate every student and the diverse backgrounds they represent.
Throughout the nation, urban centers are hiring record number of teachers in all areas of licensure. Whitewater students who wish to teach in Urban areas need coursework and field work directly related to the urban setting. The intent of the Urban Educational Module is to enhance the preparation of students who wish to teach in urban centers.
Although UW-Whitewater's Urban Education module will prepare you to work in urban settings including major metropolitan areas (like Chicago, Milwaukee, and Madison), the coursework and activities are applicable in smaller contexts where work with diverse youth, families, and communities is involved.