The Department of Urban Education at Rutgers University-Newark has unique and dynamic teacher education preparation programming that seeks to develop educators and work with current educators who practice culturally relevant teaching and are committed to social justice. Our department is committed to equity that is grounded in valuing a racially, socioeconomically, and linguistically diverse society. Our focus on justice is deeply intertwined with Rutgers University-Newark’s social mission that values individuals of diverse racial, ethnic, religious, and national backgrounds. In addition, our programs seek to engage deeply with the Newark community through teaching and public service. Academically, notions of urban education are holistically investigated through critical questioning, field experiences, and student-centered classes that embrace theoretical and practical notions of education. Our undergraduate and graduate students gain a strong understanding of their content areas, foundations of education, culturally responsive curricula, and diverse teaching and learning methods.
The Department of Urban Education at Rutgers University-Newark is intrinsically tied to the idea that public education is fundamental to enhance and sustain an equitable democracy. As a result, our teacher candidates are change agents who question and transform the world around them through teaching, while implementing innovative pedagogical ideas and educational philosophies needed to reimagine urban education. This process of re-imagination requires thinking of urban education in a way that places the needs of urban students and their communities at the center of teaching and learning. With deep knowledge of current challenges in urban education with regard to race, class, and gender inequities, our program develops teacher candidates, who practice an ethic of care and intellectualism that serve the needs of urban youth in New Jersey and beyond. Along with preparing teacher candidates for state certification to teach middle or high school content areas, our program promotes continuous reflection on culturally responsive and critical teaching practices that are tied to personal, political and pedagogical conceptions of education for social justice.