The Department of Urban Education at Rutgers University-Newark has a unique and dynamic teacher education preparation program.  We develop and mentor educators who practice culturally relevant teaching and linguistic equity and are committed to social justice.  These ideals are deeply entwined with the Rutgers University-Newark’s mission as an anchor institution and the valuing of individuals of diverse racial, ethnic, religious and national backgrounds.  

The undergraduate major in ESL and Bilingual Urban Education, B.A. is a 46-credit major in the Department of Urban Education.  Students will take coursework on foundations of urban education and complete related certification requirements for teaching English as a Second Language and Bilingual/Bicultural Education.  You will develop skills to practice an ethic of care and intellectualism that will serve all students, engage in continuous reflection on culturally responsive and critical teaching practices that are tied to conceptions of education for justice, and strengthen the commitments of schools to support bilingualism.

We are the only undergraduate ESL and Bilingual Urban Education program in the state of New Jersey.  Learn more about the degree program below and apply today!


For a B.A. degree, students at RU-N are required to complete a minimum of 120 credits.  The 46-credit ESL and Bilingual Urban Education major works in conjunction with the General Education Core Curriculum grand action requirements similar to all other majors in the School of Arts and Sciences.  In addition to selecting a major, all RU-N students are required to enroll in a second concentration.  Candidates are strongly encouraged to major or minor in an approved content area (e.g. English, Social Studies, Sciences, Math, or World Language) for a second concentration in order to receive an additional teaching certification and demonstrate content mastery.  Taking an additional 15+ credits (e.g. minor) in a content area will make students eligible for a content specific middle school specialization endorsement.  Taking an additional 30 credits (e.g. major) will make students eligible for a K-12 content area initial teacher certification.

Cluster I

  • Jump Start Seminar (1 credit)
  • Social Foundations in Urban Education (3 credits)
  • Child and Adolescent Psychology and the Urban Experience (3 credits)
  • Educational Planning for Dually Exceptional Students (3 credits)
  • Intro to ESL (3 credits) OR Bilingual/Bicultural Education (3 credits)


Cluster II

  • Language and Culture (3 credits)
  • Principles of Second/Foreign Language Acquisition (3 credits)
  • Culturally Responsive Assessment and Evaluation (3 credits)
  • ESL Methodology K-12 (3 credits)
  • Foundations of Language (3 credits)


Cluster III

  • Clinical Practice I (3 credits)
  • Clinical Practice I Seminar (3 credits)
  • Clinical Practice II (9 credits)
  • Clinical Practice II Seminar (3 credits)
  • Seminar in Critical Writing (3 credits)


  • NJDOE Basic Skills Requirements (provided in the required Jump Start seminar to support students with the Praxis Core assessment)
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher in the student’s primary major