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Urban Secondary Education, B.A. 

Graduates of our Newark-based program are highly sought after by recruiters in partner school districts because of their preparation, diversity, and familiarity with the challenges and strengths of our urban school communities.  

About

The Department of Urban Education is a national leader in developing high quality educators who are well-prepared to serve as leaders in their schools. The Urban Secondary Education major is rooted in justice-oriented pedagogy and positions future teachers to address the needs of all students.  This degree program provides students with significant support and mentorship to complete the certification requirements that disproportionately impact teacher candidates of color.  

  • 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.  This program requires a primary or secondary major in a specified content area listed below.  These approved content area majors are accredited degree-granting majors meeting all requirements for the School of Arts and Sciences-Newark 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. 

    Our commitment to high impact scholarship and transformative learning is done in partnership with the many communities that comprise the city of Newark. If you are interested in the program, please email urbansecondary.ba@newark.rutgers.edu

    The Department of Urban Education at Rutgers University-Newark is granted CAEP accreditation at the initial licensure level for October 23, 2022-December 31, 2028.

  • STEM

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

    Humanities

    • History
    • Political Science
    • Women’s & Gender Studies
    • Africana Studies

    Languages (World)

    • English
    • Spanish
    • Portuguese 

    The Urban Secondary Education major requires a primary or secondary major in one of the above-listed content areas.

  • Beginning: Cluster I

    • Jumpstart Seminar (1 credit, 21:300:100) Only required if students did not meet the Praxis Core Basic Skills requirement
    • Social Foundations in Urban Education (3 credits, 21:300:292) *General Education Course
    • Child and Adolescent Psychology and the Urban Experience (3 credits, 21:300:295) *General Education Course
    • Educational Planning for Dually Exceptional Students (3 credits, 21:300:298) *General Education Course

    Students desiring teacher certification should submit the program application before these courses are complete.  Students cannot move to Cluster II until they have met the Basic Skills Requirement.

    Intermediate: Cluster II

    • Content Planning and Teaching in the Urban Classroom (3 credits)
      • English, 21:300:452
      • Math, 21:300:450
      • Science & Tech, 21:300:454
      • Social Studies, 21:300:456
    • Content Planning and Teaching in the Urban Classroom II (3 credits)
      • English, 21:300:453
      • Math, 21:300:451
      • Science & Tech, 21:300:455
      • Social Studies, 21:300:457
    • Culturally Responsive Assessment and Evaluation (3 credits, 21:300:390)

    Degree Completion and Certification: Cluster III

    • Clinical Practice I (3 credits, 21:300:419)
    • Clinical Practice I Seminar (3 credits, 21:300:418)
    • Clinical Practice II (9 credits, 21:300:488)
    • Clinical Practice II Seminar (3 credits, 21:300:487)
    • Seminar on Critical Writing (1 credit, 21:300:381)
  • Basic admissions requirements;

    • 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
    • Completed application

    Students must also demonstrate the following for admission to the Cluster II sequence:

    1. A declared major that matches one of the areas of certification
    2. A minimum grade of  "B" in any Cluster I course
    3. Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
    4. Minimum 3.0 GPA in declared major
    5. Passing score on Praxis CORE Academic Test (for information on the Praxis CORE exam, visit the ETS Praxis website.)

    The NJ Department of Education waives this Praxis requirement for applicants with at least:

    • SAT score of 570 in Math + 610 in Evidence-based Reading & Writing OR a score of 30 in Reading 
    • ACT score of 23 in Math and English
    • GRE scores of 156 quantitative and 155 verbal 
  • For more information on certification requirements, Praxis, job opportunities, endorsement programs, and state exams, please visit our certification website.


     

  • Many students successfully transfer to Rutgers-Newark’s Department of Urban Education from other colleges and universities.  Below please find a complete list of transfer information, including a list of approved courses and programs.

    NJIT Transfer Information

    Certification Area Major at RU-N Major at NJIT
    Bilingual/Bicultural Education (co-certificate) ESL & Bilingual Urban Education N/A
    Biological Science Biology Biology
    Chemistry Chemistry Chemistry, Biochemistry
    Earth Science Geology or Environmental Sciences Environmental Sciences
    English English Communication and Media
    English as a Second Language ESL & Bilingual Urban Education N/A
    Mathematics Mathematics, Applied Mathematics Mathematical Sciences
    Physical Science Physics or Chemistry Applied Physics
    Physics Physics Applied Physics
    Portuguese Portuguese N/A

    Social Studies 

    *Requires minimum 15 credits in history

    History, Political Science, Africana Studies, Sociology History or Science, Technology, & Society
    Spanish Spanish N/A
    Technology Education N/A Technology Education

    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

    Degree and Certification Options

    Two Year Institution Degree/Certification Offering
    Bergen Community College

    Education, AS

    *Designed for transfer to a four-year program with Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, or Secondary Education

    Community College of Morris Early Childhood, AS
    Essex County College

    Physical Education, AS

    Education, AA

    *Set to be generalist educator to transfer to any other education specialization

    Child Development, Cert.

    Hudson County Community College

    Early Childhood, AA

    Early Childhood, AAS

    Infant/Toddler Ed, AA

    Middlesex County College

    Physical Education, AA

    Education Transfer, AS

    *pass Praxis CORE to graduate

    Passaic County Community College

    Early Childhood, AA

    Early Childhood, AAS

    Early Childhood, Cert.

    Raritan Valley Community College

    Early Childhood, AAS

    Early Childhood, Cert.

    Early Childhood, STEM

    Education P-12, AA

    Union County College

    Education (4-12), AA

    Early Childhood (PreK-3), AA

     

    For additional information: NJTransfer Website

  • To declare a major and apply to a program:

    • Schedule an appointment with the Program Coordinator, Debby.Romero@rutgers.edu
    • Complete the major declaration form and submit to the Program Coordinator (after the initial meeting)
    • Complete the departmental application, which includes the following:
      • Writing sample from 21:300:292 course
      • Unofficial transcript
      • Score reports demonstrating Basic Skills competency
  • Please visit our admissions website and apply to Rutgers-Newark’s Department of Urban Education today.  Or attend an online information session to learn more.

    For all other inquiries, please contact: Urbansecondary.ba@newark.rutgers.edu

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