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, inclusion, and linguistic 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.  We offer alternate route and teacher endorsement programs. In the Fall 2022, we will be offering various Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) programs for current and aspiring teachers in the area of bilingual education and urban secondary education.

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.  We are committed to serving, building, and strengthening partnerships with local schools and communities. 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.


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Congratulations Graduates and Families

Minor in Foundations of Urban Education

We are offering a new minor in the Foundations of Urban Education. This minor is an interdisciplinary program that will be open to all undergraduate disciplines.

Learn more about the minor here

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Dr. Lynnette Mawhinney near bookcase

Faculty to present at International Visual Literacy Association Conference

Laura Porterfield and Lynnette Mawhinney will present on the ethics of visual studies with youth at the International Visual Literacy Association Conference in Finland. 

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Online Information Sessions

Learn more about the department, current projects, and future opportunities.  

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Teaching is Political Summer 2022 Collaborative

The Radical Pedagogy Institute is offering a 4-day conference on research, community-building, and organizing training for local policy issues.  Scholarships available.  

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#RUNUrbanEd This Summer

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Summer 2022 Courses

Need an additional course for your general education requirement? Want to minor in Urban Education?  Are you seeking a professional endorsement in ESL?  Enroll in a summer course today.

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Teresita Eldredge

Teresita Eldredge

Part-Time Lecturer

David A. Janosz, Jr.

David A. Janosz, Jr.

Part-Time Lecturer

Lauren Shallish

Lauren Shallish

Associate Professor of Critical Disability Studies

Timothy Eatman

Timothy Eatman

Associate Professor of Urban Education/Dean, Honors Living Learning Community