The Urban Secondary Education major is rooted in justice-oriented pedagogy and positions future teachers to address the needs of all students as well as significantly increase their own professional employability.  Rutgers University-Newark is the first campus in the state of New Jersey to offer an undergraduate major in Urban Secondary Education.  Graduates of our program are highly sought after by recruiters in our partner school districts because of their preparation, diversity, and familiarity with the challenges and strengths of our urban school communities. This degree program provides students with significant support and mentorship to complete the certification requirements that disproportionately impact teacher candidates of color.  The Department of Urban Education is committed to its mission of developing high quality teachers of color who are well-prepared to serve as leaders in their schools. 

For all students seeking a B.A. or B.S. degree at Rutgers University-Newark, they are required to complete a minimum of 120 credits.  This 37-credit major works in conjunction the departments that house the students’ primary major.  These approved content area majors are accredited degree granting majors meeting all requirements for the School of Arts and Sciences curriculum.  Upon meeting all program and graduation requirements for both majors, students will be eligible for teacher certification in the area that aligns with their content area major.  The approved primary content majors and course sequences are specified below.



  • Mathematics/Applied Mathematics
  • Geology/Environmental Sciences
  • Technology Education (NJIT)
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry/Biochemistry



  • History
  • Political Science
  • Women’s & Gender Studies
  • African American & African Studies


Languages (World)

  • English
  • Spanish
  • Portuguese 

Cluster I

  • Jumpstart 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)


Cluster II

  • Content Planning and Teaching in the Urban Classroom (3 credits)
  • Content Planning and Teaching in the Urban Classroom II (3 credits)
  • Culturally Responsive Assessment and Evaluation (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 on Critical Writing (3 credits)
  • NJDOE Basic Skills Requirements (we provide the Jump Start seminar to support students with the Praxis Core assessment)
  • Maintain a 3.0 GPA or higher in the student’s primary major

For more information on certification requirements, job opportunities, endorsement programs, and state exams, please visit our certification website: