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Why Davenport's Programs?

Davenport University has responded to national and statewide needs for high-quality teachers and educational leaders with this graduate level program. The Master of Urban Education degree develops the relationships and skills necessary for effective teaching in an urban classroom. It is an ideal choice for prospective candidates with a passion for people, teaching, and learning.

Advancing beyond traditional curriculum, these programs immerse you in the actual clinical setting from the start. As a practicing teacher, you will have the opportunity to put newly acquired skills into practice in real-time. Non-teachers will have the opportunity to observe teachers in practice and learn the principles of Urban Education. You will gain extensive knowledge in the field of Urban Education as you complete your Master’s Degree.

Key educator partners represent both the K-12 and higher education sectors. Selected through a rigorous process and committed to a close partnership with Davenport University, they are dedicated to preparing you to meet the growing need of highly qualified teaching professionals. For those seeking certification, consider our Certificate in Urban Education. For those considering a non-teaching role in the field of education, consider our Masters of Urban Educational Leadership program.

Course of Study

Davenport graduate programs will help you become a standout for leadership in education. Our innovative, highly-respected curriculum is the only program of its kind in Michigan offering this unique model. Our relationships with educational leaders across the region and beyond become your connections for the future. 


  • Literacy Development and Instruction
  • Teaching Mathematics or Teaching Integrated Science
  • Data Analytics, Assessment and Measurement
  • Education and Law


  • Teaching English and Language Arts/Teaching Mathematics or Teaching Integrated Science
  • Family and Community Partnership Practice
  • Educational Psychology in Urban Environments
  • Classroom Management Strategies
  • Implementing a College and Career-Ready Curriculum


  • Differentiating Instruction in Urban Settings
  • School Improvement Planning
  • Using Technology to Enhance Learning
  • Building and Effective Lesson Plan
  • Leading Change



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Full Curriculum


The Master of Urban Education prepares teachers to meet the educational demands of urban settings. The program emphasizes culturally sound teaching strategies in urban classrooms to foster student success. The coursework is complemented by clinical classroom observation, which allows faculty to provide immediate feedback on the skills that matter most in effective teaching. Davenport's program fosters community partnerships to help teachers develop the relationships conducive for effective teaching in urban environments.

Admissions Checklist
In order to qualify:

Fill out the Davenport Application for Admissions.

Candidates must have a bachelor's degree or above with a 3.0 GPA and pass the Michigan Test for Teacher Certification (MTTC) Basic Skills exam as well as a subject area competency exam.

Two (2) signed professional recommendation forms and one personal recommendation form are required.

A current resume/CV must be submitted and it should include prior employment experience, educational background, and any organizational affiliations.

Statement of purpose (refer to the statement of purpose form in the admission packet).

Participate in an interview with the College of Urban Education (CUE) Admission Committee -  to be scheduled by Davenport upon submission of the completed application.
For more information regarding the Master of Education in Urban Education visit the Davenport University web site.

Which class should I take? When should I take it? 
2019-2020 Recommended Program Sequence for Urban Education, M Ed and printable pdf download

Foundations Module12 cr.
UEDU600Introduction to Teaching3 cr.
UEDU610Foundations of Urban Education3 cr.
UEDU630Data Analytics, Assessment, and Measurement3 cr.
UEDU656Education and the Law3 cr.
Transformational Module9 cr.
UEDU682Family and Community Partnership Practice2 cr.
UEDU715Educational Pyschology in Urban Education2 cr.
UEDU730Classroom Management Strategies3 cr.
UEDU742Implementing a College and Career Ready Curriculum2 cr.
Apprenticeship Module12 cr.
UEDU756Differentiating Instruction in an Urban Setting3 cr.
UEDU770Building an Effective Lesson Plan3 cr.
UEDU786Using Technology to Enhance Learning3 cr.
UEDU792School Improvement Planning3 cr.
Core Methods Courses6 cr.
UEDU700Clinical Observation0 cr.
Candidates must choose one Core Methods Course sequence:(6) cr.
UEDU701A/BLiteracy Development and Instruction3 credits & 3 cr.
UEDU702ATeaching Mathematics3 cr.
UEDU702BTeaching Mathematics3 cr.
UEDU703A/BTeaching Integrated Science3 credits & 3 cr.
Urban Education Elective3 cr.
UEDU797Leading Change3 cr.