Urban Education Minor - Elementary (PreK-4) or Middle Years* (4-8) Education Concentration

The Elementary / Middle Years Education Concentration is for students preparing to be elementary or middle school teachers, and students interested in the teaching and learning of children and adolescents. 

Note: The College limits the number of courses taken outside of SAS to four, but permits more if you have taken an adequate number of SAS courses. Please consult with your College advisor to be sure you will not exceed your limit.


Required Coursework: 7 course units

1. URBS 202 or EDUC 202 – Urban Education **

2. Child or Adolescent Development course

PSYC 151 - Language and Thought (requires PSYC 001)
PSYC 280 - Developmental Psychology (requires PSYC 001)
PSYC 281 - Cognitive Development (requires PSYC 001)
EDUC 326 - Tutoring in Urban Schools: A child development perspective
EDUC360 - Human Development
EDUC513 - Development of the Young Child
EDUC522 - Psychology of the African-American
EDUC 557 - Developmental Theories and Applications with Adolescents
EDUC560 - Human Development
EDUC561 - Adolescent Development
EDUC574 - Race/Ethnicity in Human Development

3. EDUC 421 (spring, preferred) or EDUC 521 (fall)– Science and Social Studies for Elementary and Middle Schools – includes specific fieldwork (Academically Based Community Service course)**

4. EDUC 520 – Literacy for Elementary and Middle Schools** (fall only)

5. EDUC 531 – Mathematics for Elementary and Middle Schools** (fall only)

6. Level specific course:

PreK-4: EDUC 414 or 535 – Children’s Literature**

4-8: Secondary methods course in your content area** 

EDUC 627 or 629 in the fall (preferred) or 

EDUC 657 in spring

7. EDUC 540 - Teaching Diverse Learners** 

Urban Education Minor Capstone – The final project from one of the core courses above is elaborated for the Capstone presentation.


**Requires a 90-minute/week field placement arranged by the instructor or the program advisor.



This program can lead to certification with an additional course, EDCE 705, which includes supervised full time student teaching and a field seminar, typically taken in a 9th semester. (EDUC 515 or EDUC 555 if taken during the traditional 8 semesters.)

Unfortunately, Pennsylvania will only certify US citizens.

Prerequisite requirements for certification include a writing course, an American literature course, 1 math course, and 1 additional quantitative reasoning course.

*Additionally, to be certified in Middle Years (4-8), in social studies, math, science or English, the candidate must present adequate content background. Please ask Maureen A Cotterill maureenc@gse.upenn.edu to do a “transcript review” as early as possible so that you can take any necessary prerequisite content courses.

For additional information about the Urban Education Minor please contact:

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