School of Education

Social Justice in Urban Education Concentration

The information on this page pertains to program requirements for students who matriculated in the 2023-2024 academic year.  View requirements for previous catalog years here.

Program Overview

Drake University’s Social Justice in Urban Education (SJUE) program seeks to educate culturally responsive teachers to work effectively with all students in urban settings—particularly students of color, working-class students, immigrant students, and students from historically marginalized populations.  Aligned with the School of Education’s commitment to academic reflection, collaborative learning, and social justice, the program seeks to help teachers critically examine urban contexts, so that they may develop pedagogical knowledge and tools to work with students in these contexts.

Program Requirements

Undergraduate students can receive their degree in Elementary Education (K-6) or Secondary Education (5-12) with a Social Justice in Urban Education Concentration.  At the graduate level, the concentration is a strand within the Master of Science in Education in Teacher Effectiveness and Professional Development (TEPD) program. 

Course Credits
EDUC 164 - Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity, and Gender 3
EDUC 183 - Social Context of Urban Schools 3
Electives - Select nine credits from the following
EDUC 184 - Applications for Teaching in Urban Schools 3
EDUC 186 - Youth, Culture, and Society 3
EDUC 162 - Urban Education and Immigration 3
EDUC 277 - available only to graduate students 3

The information in this catalog does not constitute a contract between the university and the student. The university reserves the right to make changes in curricula, admission policies and processes, tuition and financial aid, academic standards and guidelines, student services and any other regulations or policies set forth in this catalog without giving prior notice.