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Foundations of Urban Education Minor

Knowledge of urban education is essential to understanding local history, activism, and collaboration across sectors of urban life.  Students who declare the minor will engage in critical discussions and research to explore education and community-partnerships from a justice-oriented, asset-based lens.  

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Foundations of Urban Education is an interdisciplinary program open to all undergraduate students at Rutgers University-Newark. Knowledge of urban education is essential to understanding local history, activism, and collaboration across sectors of urban life.  Students who declare the minor will engage in critical discussions and research to explore education and community-partnerships from a justice-oriented, asset-based lens.  Many education-related transfer credits also count toward this minor.

  • Upon the completion of the Foundations of Urban Education minor, students will be able to: Apply cultural, historical, sociological, and philosophical knowledge and perspectives to education in the context of their career path; critically analyze and evaluate the significance of education for families and communities in urban environments; demonstrate professional and ethical practices that increase appreciation for a variety of cultural, ethnic, racial, dis/abled, socioeconomic, multi-national, and linguistic backgrounds; understand the historical, cultural, sociological, and philosophical perspectives and dynamics between education, schooling, and society.

    There are two required courses for the minor:

    1) Social Foundations of Urban Education (21:300:292) *General Education course

    2) Child and Adolescent Psychology and the Urban Experience (21:300:295) *General Education course

    In consultation with the minor advisor, students must select from the following list of electives to complete the remaining credits for the minor.  Students need 18 total credits to graduate with the minor:

    • Education in the Global World (21:300:250)

    • Collaborative Leadership and Social Innovation (21:300:334)

    • Publicly Engaged Research and Pedagogy (21:300:335)

    • Urban History in the U.S.: Imagining the City (21:512:361)

    • History of Newark (21:512:203)

    • Sociology of Education (21:920:345)

    • Urban Sociology (21:920:321)

    • Inequality (21:920:324)

    • Health Disparities: Impact on Urban Communities (21:300:301)

    • Language and Culture (21:300:491)

    • Introduction to ESL (21:300:495)

    • Bilingual/Bicultural Education (21:300:490)

    • Educational Planning for Dually Exceptional Students (21:300:298)

    • Education and Social Change Among the Black Diaspora (21:300:358/21:014:364)

    • History of African American Education (21:300:180/21:014:180)

    • Striving for Equity in Education: Policies, Programs, and Practices (21:300:320)

    • Radical Teaching: Voices of Youth Truth (21:300:190)

    • Youth Advocacy, Race, and Resistance in the Media (21:300:24)

    We currently offer transfer options for the required courses in the minor from several institutions. See the full transfer credit list for more details.

  • The Foundations of Urban Education minor would provide a way for curious students to explore the field of education through the minor. If a student decides later to fully engage in the Urban Secondary Education program, the required courses in the minor would count toward their completion of the teacher certification. This transition would be easy for those majoring in the following content areas in which we prepare teachers:

    • Social Studies (those majoring in History, African American and African Studies, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies, or Political Science)

    • English

    • Languages (majoring in Spanish or Portuguese) 

    • Mathematics (majoring in Applied Mathematics or Mathematics)

    • Science certifications (majoring in Biology, Geology, Physics)

    Another option is that this coursework can support students’ interest in seeking teacher certification in a graduate or alternative route program upon completion of their undergraduate degree.

    Please contact Foundations.Minor@newark.rutgers.edu for more information.

  • Many students successfully transfer course credits from other colleges and universities to the academic minor.  Please reference the list below for information on transferrable courses, in consultation with the minor advisor.

    Transfer Courses

    College Course # Course Name RU-N Urban Ed Course # RU-N Urban Ed Course Name
    Bergen Community College EDU 100 Foundations of Multicultural Education 21:300:297; 298; 299 Educational Planning for Dually Exceptional Students
    Bergen Community College EDU 102 Inclusion and the Exceptional Child 21:300:297; 298; 299 Educational Planning for  Dually Exceptional Students
    Bergen Community College EDU 201 Principles and Practices in Education 21:300:292 Social Foundations of Urban Education
    Bergen Community College PSY 103 Educational Psychology 21:300:295 Child and Adolescent Psychology
    Bergen Community College PSY 202 Psychology of Adolescence 21:300:295 Child and Adolescent Psychology 
    Community College of Morris EDU 111 Teaching in America 21:300:292 Social Foundations of Urban Education
    Community College of Morris PSY 217 Educational Psychology 21:300:295 Child and Adolescent Psychology
    Community College of Morris PSY 116 Psychology and Education of the Disabled 21:300:297; 298; 299 Educational Planning for  Dually Exceptional Students
    Essex County College EDU 101 Introduction to Education 21:300:292 Social Foundations of Urban Education
    Essex County College EDU 103 Philosophy and History of Education 21:300:292 Social Foundations of Urban Education
    Essex County College EDU 201 Education in the Urban Environment 21:300:292 Social Foundations of Urban Education
    Essex County College EDU 203 Children with Special Needs 21:300:297; 298; 299 Educational Planning for  Dually Exceptional Students
    Essex County College PSY 220 Educational Psychology 21:300:295 Child and Adolescent Psychology
    Hudson County Community College PSY 270 Psychology of Teaching and Learning 21:300:295 Child and Adolescent Psychology
    Hudson County Community College EDU 211 Foundations of American Education 21:300:292 Social Foundations of Urban Education
    Hudson County Community College SED 290 Introduction to Special Education 21:300:297; 298; 299 Educational Planning for  Dually Exceptional Students
    Middlesex County College EDU 121 Introduction to Education 21:300:292 Social Foundations of Urban Education
    Middlesex County College EDU 123 Introduction to Special Education and Exceptional Youth 21:300:297; 298; 299 Educational Planning for  Dually Exceptional Students
    Middlesex County College PSY 223 Child Psychology: Infancy through Adolescence 21:300:295 Child and Adolescent Psychology
    Middlesex County College PSY 226 Educational Psychology 21:300:295 Child and Adolescent Psychology
    Middlesex County College PSY 255 Adolescent Psychology 21:300:295 Child and Adolescent Psychology
    Montclair State University EDFD 221 Historical Foundations of American Education 21:300: 292 Social Foundations of Urban Education
    Passaic County Community College EDU 200 Historical/Philosophical Foundations of American Education 21:300:292 Social Foundations of Urban Education
    Passaic County Community College EDU 293 Including the Exceptional Child 21:300:297; 298; 299 Educational Planning for Dually Exceptional Students
    Passaic County Community College PS 102 Human Growth and Development 21:300:295 Child and Adolescent Psychology
    Raritan Valley Community College EDUC 212 Foundations of Education 21:300:292 
    Raritan Valley Community College ECHD 181 Child Growth and Development 21:300:295
    Raritan Valley Community College PSYC 216 Child Psychology 21:300:295 Child and Adolescent Psychology
    Raritan Valley Community College PSYC 229 Adolescent Psychology 21:300:295 Child and Adolescent Psychology
    Union County College EDU 205  Educational Psychology 21:300:295 Child and Adolescent Psychology
    Union County College PSY 205 Child Psychology 21:300:295 Child and Adolescent Psychology
    Union County College PSY 206 Adolescent Psychology 21:300:295 Child and Adolescent Psychology

    For additional information: NJTransfer Website

  • All interested students must contact the program coordinator for an initial meeting, Foundations.Minor@newark.rutgers.edu.  

    Upon approval for enrollment in the minor, students must then complete the minor declaration form.

     

  • Please contact Foundations.Minor@newark.rutgers.edu for more information or to arrange for an initial advising appointment.

Urban Education Faculty Dr. Leah Owens

Urban Education Faculty Dr. Leah Owens