The crisis in American education continues to confound major sectors of
American life. National attention has engaged various constituencies -- non-
profit business organizations, local, state and federal governments, teachers'
unions, and universities -- in trying to understand and improve public education.
At Penn, students and faculty have become deeply involved in local schools
through community service, research, teaching, and coursework.
In response to student interest in community and education issues, the College of
Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Education sponsor an
interdisciplinary minor in Urban Education. This seven-course undergraduate
minor offers students a unique opportunity to bridge learning between the
classroom and community, and features:
- Academically based community service in local schools
- Deeper understanding of the complex factors affecting urban education
- Field-based research in an area of interest
- Hands-on opportunity to investigate a career in education
- Credit toward Pennsylvania teacher certification requirements
The minor is open to undergraduates in all disciplines. Note that education
(EDUC) courses will be counted towards your 4-course limit on classes taken
outside of the School of Arts and Sciences. Please plan accordingly.
The concentration currently available for minors is called Policy, Research, and
Practice. Policy, Research, and Practice minors may submatriculate into Master’s
programs in the Graduate School of Education and count four graduate-level
courses taken as an undergraduate toward the Master’s Degree. The allowed
courses vary by program, so meeting with the advisor is necessary.
Undergraduates interested in secondary or elementary teaching certification
should consult the minor advisor – two concentrations are available on a limited
For additional information about the Urban Education Minor please
contact the program advisor:
Graduate School of Education
3700 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6216