Are you interested in inclusion, racial justice, and linguistic equity? Want to learn how to be a collaborative, justice-oriented educator? Are you currently a teacher looking for additional certification?  

A department rooted in justice, community, transformation, and equity

The Department of Urban Education is a national leader in certifying and mentoring educators of color. Our students learn from dynamic field experiences in the Newark community and conduct coursework and inquiry with publicly engaged faculty who are leaders in their fields.  The campus of Rutgers University-Newark is annually recognized by U.S. News and World Report for being the most diverse university in the country. Urban Education plays a critical role in sustaining the institution’s legacy of inclusiveness.

How You Will Learn

Here you will gain a strong understanding of your content area, foundations of education, culturally responsive curricula, and diverse teaching and learning methods. We offer courses in bilingual instruction, foundations of urban education, inclusive (special) education, and culturally responsive assessment.  The Department of Urban Education prepares and certifies Rutgers-Newark and New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) undergraduate students for professional teaching careers in New Jersey. 

Why Urban Education at Rutgers University-Newark?

Rutgers University-Newark is the most diverse campus in the United States and an ideal place to study the dynamic and culturally-rich field of urban education.  Our campus is conveniently located near several accessible hubs of transportation including New Jersey Light Transit and Newark Penn Station.


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The Department of Urban Education is a national leader in training and supporting educators of color. Our graduates are experts in their field and deeply committed to equity and social justice. We are rooted in inclusive and culturally sustaining education and transformational approaches to teaching and learning. Together we work alongside the Newark community to sustain the legacies of transformation and innovation in the city.


Teacher-educators are dynamic change agents who question and transform the world around them.  Our programs develop education professionals who practice an ethic of care and intellectualism that serves all students and their families. Along with state certification to teach middle or high school content areas, our programs promote continuous reflection on culturally responsive and critical teaching practices that are tied to personal and political conceptions of education for justice.


Online Information Sessions

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Minor in Disability Studies

This minor is an interdisciplinary program that is open to all undergraduate students.

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New Bachelor’s Degrees in Urban Secondary Education and Bilingual Education

The Rutgers Board of Governors unanimously voted to approve the creation of two Bachelor of Arts degrees by the School of Arts and Sciences–Newark.

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Community-Building and Radical Empathy Conference

Join us for the 5th annual New Jersey convening on Diversifying the Teacher Workforce.  Register or submit a proposal today.

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Lauren Shallish

Lauren Shallish

Associate Professor of Critical Disability Studies

David A. Janosz, Jr.

David A. Janosz, Jr.

Part-Time Lecturer

Maribel Cortez

Maribel Cortez

Part-Time Lecturer

Arthur B. Powell

Arthur B. Powell