Urban Education Minor

If you are interested in the Urban Education Minor, contact Amy Stornaiuolo (amystorn@upenn.edu) in the Graduate School of Education, 215-898-9327.


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.
For additional information about the Urban Education Minor please
contact the program advisor:

Amy Stornaiuolo
Graduate School of Education
3700 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6216
215-898-9327 amystorn@upenn.edu