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. We are the only department in the state of New Jersey with an undergraduate major in ESL and Bilingual Education, among many other notable offerings. 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 one of 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, teacher identity, foundations of urban education, disability studies, social change in the Black Diaspora, youth culture, 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 one of the most diverse campuses in the United States and an ideal place to study the dynamic field of urban education. We have a rich legacy of leadership and activism. Our campus is conveniently located near several accessible hubs of transportation including New Jersey Light Transit and Newark Penn Station.  


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We are dedicated to serving as a national leader in urban education and preparing our graduates to be critically-engaged experts in their field.  Our department is deeply committed to social justice and inclusive 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 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 courses promote continuous reflection on culturally responsive and critical teaching practices that are tied to personal and political conceptions of education for justice.


Hope and Joy in Urban Education

Join us as we welcome renowned scholar Dr. Gholdy Muhammad for our inaugural lecture series on Thursday, February 16th. 

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Revolutionizing Honors

Celebrating the grand opening of our groundbreaking honors program, led by Dean Timothy Eatman, Ph.D.

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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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Radical Pedagogy Institute

Learn more about our transformative teaching and learning opportunities.

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Teresita Eldredge

Teresita Eldredge

Part-Time Lecturer

Arthur B. Powell

Arthur B. Powell


Jessica Hochman

Jessica Hochman

Senior Program Administrator

David A. Janosz, Jr.

David A. Janosz, Jr.

Part-Time Lecturer