What will I learn?

This program is intended for teachers who want to acquire or increase their knowledge, skills and attitudes to teach students in urban settings and increase the academic performance of all students. The program will provide a framework for teachers to address the increasing diversity of P-12 students which challenge schools to become more responsive to student diversity to ensure successful learning for all students regardless of their personal characteristics, learning styles, linguistic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds. The program will help to increase the retention rate of teachers by preparing them to work successfully in urban environments with culturally and linguistically diverse populations, their students’ families and communities. The program will focus on multiple perspectives that support Urban Education including culturally and linguistically responsive teaching and multicultural education. This specialization will address those candidates who choose not to pursue a Masters degree but need the credit hours to be applied toward their 18 professional hours required by the State of Michigan Department of Education.

Foundations (6 cr)

(Must be taken before core)

TE 633 - Foundations of Urban Education 3 cr
TE 546 - Educating the Diverse Learner 3 cr

Core (15 cr)

TE 635 - Family, School, Teachers & Community 3 cr
TE 636 - Facilitating Instruction in Urban Setting 3 cr
TE 653 - Language & Dialect in the Urban Setting 3 cr

x-listed with ENGL 553

ENGL 555 - Teaching English As a Second Language 3 cr
TE 556 - Exploring Diversity K-12 Lit 3 cr
TE 638 - Learn Disabilities: Practical Info 3 cr

Which department am I in?

College of Education

Study options

Full Time (21 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$22,438.00 per year
Application deadline

Expected November 2021

Start date

10 January 2022


College of Education

Saginaw Valley State University,

Gilbertson Hall, 7400 Bay Road,



48710, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

All students must have a minimum GPA of 3.0 to be fully admitted to a graduate program.
International students whose native language is not English must have a TOEFL-IBT score of at least 79 (IELTS 6. 5) in order to be admitted to a graduate program.

Application Deadlines: Fall Semester - July 1; Winter Semester - November 1 and Spring Semester - March 15.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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