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Master of Arts in Urban Education

[NOTE: The College intends to discontinue the Master of Arts in Urban Education beginning July 1, 2022, pending SACSCOC approval.]

Program Vision

Educational Studies at Rhodes College strives to advance justice, democracy, and equity in underserved public schools, particularly in Memphis, through our interdisciplinary programs, partnerships, scholarship, and advocacy.

Program Mission

Educational Studies and the educators and advocates we prepare engage theory and research while embedded in our schools and communities in order to promote understandings of problems and strategies for change that transform schools in the service of justice.

PATHWAYS TO LICENSURE

Rhodes offers licensure in twenty endorsement areas. Each endorsement area has a corresponding content knowledge PRAXIS test. Applicants should submit PRAXIS scores with their application.

CURRICULUM

Student may enroll in one of two intensive 14-month master's programs, the Master's in Urban Education with licensure (52 credits) or the Master's in Urban Education without licensure (40 credits). Each student will prepare a master’s thesis that will be defended in the final summer in the program. Students will advance through the program in a cohort-model, wherein the courses are taken in sequence with the same group of candidates, to build community, and strengthen connections to other culturally relevant educators. Students in the licensure MA program will gain substantial experience working in local schools.

 

 

 

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Academic Regulations

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Academic Standing

A minimum grade of C is required to receive credit for a course in the M.A. in Urban Education Program. All graduate students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 to remain in good academic standing. A student whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.0 will be placed on academic probation. A student placed on academic probation must earn a GPA of 3.0 the following semester; failure to do so will result in dismissal from the program.

A student cannot earn a grade lower than a B in the following two courses: EDUC 560 Methods-centric Field Experiences and EDUC 660 Clinical Practice (Student Teaching). Students who earn lower than a B in either of these two courses must repeat the course in order to earn a degree and receive licensure. For all other courses, if a student earns a grade lower than a C, the student must repeat the course with the next cohort of students. Repeating any course will delay receiving licensure and the conferring of the degree.

 

Attendance Policy

Students are required to attend every class meeting. In recognition of the fact that illness and emergencies occur, students are allowed one absence during the summer term without impact on their grade. After the second absence the participation score will drop to half. After the third absence a student will receive a zero for the participation score. Four absences will result in an automatic failure of the course. In the event of exceptional circumstances, a student who has had four absences in a single course can request a hearing with the program faculty to consider granting a waiver of this policy. Absences for religious observances are excluded from this policy. If you are absent, it is your responsibility to notify the instructor as soon as you know and obtain notes or other information from fellow students. 

 

Transfer Credit

Due to the nature of the program's cohort model, no transfer credit is accepted.

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Admission

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WHO SHOULD APPLY

The Master of Arts in Urban Education is ideal for high achieving liberal arts and sciences graduates who wish to teach in and lead schools in urban settings.  We strive to accept students who affirm our strong commitments to diversity, inclusion, and social justice. African American, LatinX, and first-generation students who meet the admissions requirements are especially encouraged to apply. Students in the program will make a significant contribution to the need for high impact, culturally-relevant teachers who can become leaders in schools, especially in the Memphis area. Memphis is at the heart of the education reform movement and an incubator for innovative teaching. Our program builds on a student’s liberal arts background and provides close learning in classrooms and rewarding hands-on experiences in local schools.

HOW TO APPLY

We welcome applications from students who meet our admissions criteria and are passionate about working for educational justice in Memphis and in our region.  Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree will need to formally apply to the program and meet the admission’s criteria, which are aligned with CAEP and TN state standards.

Successful applicants will be required to have a bachelor’s degree in the content area they wish to teach (for secondary candidates) or in a liberal arts or science field (for elementary candidates). It is preferred that applicants have an undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher. Applicants must submit:

  • A completed application
  • An entrance essay (500 to 700 words) that focuses on one’s skills, dispositions, knowledge of culturally relevant pedagogies, and commitments to working with students in urban schools.
  • College transcript(s) showing all coursework completed to date. Official undergraduate transcripts will be required prior to program start date.
  • Two letters of recommendation from college faculty who have worked closely with the applicant.
  • Qualifying PRAXIS I (Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators) and subject area PRAXIS scores (Praxis® Subject Assessments) as required. See Licensure Pathways.

Passing scores are determined by the Tennessee Board of Education and can be found on the ETS Tennessee requirements webpage.

CONDITIONAL ADMISSION POLICY

Conditional admission to the Master of Arts in Urban Education program will be offered to students who are academically admissible based on their academic record and other admission requirements except for qualifying PRAXIS I (Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators) and subject area PRAXIS scores (Praxis® Subject Assessments).

Admission to the master’s degree program is conditional based upon submitting qualifying PRAXIS I (Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators) and subject area PRAXIS scores (Praxis® Subject Assessments). To be fully admitted, PRAXIS score reports must be received no later than one week prior to the start date of the summer term in which the student plans to matriculate. Failure to submit required PRAXIS test scores by the requested date will prohibit students from fully matriculating into the program.

If you have any questions, please contact the Graduate Program Coordinator for further information.

The M.A. in Urban Education curriculum is fully aligned to state and national standards for teacher education and has been approved by the Tennessee Department of Education.  

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Expenses and Financial Aid

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Tuition charges for the Master of Arts in Urban Education program is set at $25,000. This tuition charge covers the full duration of the 14-month program. Regulations for payment and withdrawal, room and board charges and activity fees are the same as for the undergraduate program at Rhodes. These charges and policies are outlined in the Expenses section of the catalogue.

Financial Aid

Financial assistance for students in the M.A. in Urban Education program will be in the form of scholarships, need-based funding and loans. 

Program Scholarship

Every student admitted to the M.A. in Urban Education program will receive a $10,000 scholarship to offset the cost of the program. There is no separate application to complete and students will be notified of this award with their acceptance letter. 

Financial Hardship

Financial hardship funding is available for M.A. in Urban Education students experiencing hardship due to unforeseen financial difficulties. Students can request additional funds for tuition, course fees, and/or on-campus room and board expenses to support their pursuit of a graduate education at Rhodes College. Decisions regarding disbursement of funds are made on a case-by-case basis and do not require repayment.

Federal and Private Loans

In addition to the listed above, students may apply for Federal and private educational loans to help finance living and other educational expenses associated with the program.

Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan

Students seeking federal loan funds must first complete the 2018-2019 Free Application for Federal Student Aid at www.FAFSA.gov.  Eligible students may borrow up to $20,500 from the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan program each year.  You are responsible for the interest from the time the unsubsidized loan is disbursed until it's repaid in full. You can choose to pay the interest during periods of enrollment and the grace period or allow it to accrue (accumulate) and capitalize (that is, added to the principal amount of your loan). Capitalizing the interest will increase the amount you will have to repay over the life of the loan. You can find out more about all this federal program at www.studentloans.gov.

Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan 

In addition to the Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan program, students can borrow additional federal funds through the credit based Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan. Please proceed to the U.S. Department of Education's website, www.studentloans.gov, to complete the three steps: 1) Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan Master Promissory Note, 2) PLUS Request Process and 3) Entrance Counseling. You will need your FSA ID in order to log in to the website. Please make sure that you complete all forms using your legal name and the same name used on your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). You can find out more about all this federal program at www.studentloans.gov.

Private Educational Loans

Careful consideration should be given when making any borrowing decision. We recommend that you examine all other options before pursuing private loan options, as these loans may be more expensive than other options listed above. Numerous lending institutions offer private educational loans, which may be combined with federal loans, up to the cost of attendance. To review information about private educational loan products which our students have used over the past five (5) years and advice related to private borrowing, please review our Historical Lender List for Private Educational Loans (PDF). Please note that all private educational loans that are not certified by Rhodes must be reported to our office so that we may account for that funding in the financial aid package. This is per U.S. Department of Education guidance.

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Requirements for Graduation and Licensure

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In order to graduate and receive licensure, a student will be required to demonstrate:

  • A willingness and ability to positively impact students’ learning and development as demonstrated through field experiences and clinical practice assessments conducted by program faculty and clinical educators.
  • An understanding of the expectations of the profession, including codes of ethics, professional standards of practice, and relevant laws and policies by completing the Educational Studies program requirements and all required assessments.
  • An overall GPA of 3.0. or higher in the program, a requirement determined by the Tennessee Board of Education.
  • An understanding of professional knowledge by passing the Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators, Praxis subject tests for each area of endorsement sought, and all other relevant Praxis tests required by the state.  Passing Praxis scores are determined by the Tennessee Board of Education and can be found on the ETS Tennessee requirements webpage.
  • Knowledge of the profession during the clinical practice (i.e., Student Teaching) as indicated by passing edTPA scores. Passing edTPA scores are determined by the Tennessee Board of Education and can be found on the Tennessee edTPA website.

Each student is required to submit a licensure application to the Tennessee Department of Education in the first week of May following the successful completion of the Clinical Practice (EDUC 660). Additional graduation requirements include a successfully defended master’s thesis and the completion of all program coursework.

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Requirements for the M.A. Degree in Urban Education

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Master's of Urban Education with Licensure

A total of fifty-two (52) credits as follows:

Summer 1 (1st term):        

  • EDUC 501: Foundations of Urban Education (4)
  • PSYC 511: Educational Statistics (4)
  • Participate in Urban Education Institute with scholar-in-residence

Summer 1 (2nd term):      

  • EDUC 500: Educational Technologies (4)
  • URBN 535 Social Contexts of Urban Schools (4)

Fall:                                  

  •  PSYC 522: Educational Psychology (2)
  •  PSYC 529 or 530: Infant and Child Development (K-6) or Adolescent Psychology (2) (7-12)
  •  EDUC 555: Curriculum and Instruction in Urban Schools (4)
  •  EDUC 510: Reading and Literacies in Content Areas (4)
  •  EDUC 560: Methods-Centric Field Experiences (4)*

Spring:                             

  • EDUC 520: Urban Education, Culture, and Identity (4)
  • EDUC 660: Clinical Practice (student teaching) (8)
  • EDUC 684: Master’s Thesis I (1)

Summer 2 (1st term):     

  • EDUC 585: Capstone (with scholar-in-residence) (4)
  • EDUC 685: Master’s Thesis II (2)

Summer 2 (2nd term):     

  • EDUC 686: Master’s Thesis II (1)

*Candidates will begin Clinical Field Experiences on the first day of school in the schools in which they are placed. This start date may not align with the Rhodes College academic calendar.

 

Master's of Urban Education without Licensure

A total of forty (40) credits as follows:

Summer 1 (1st term):        

  • EDUC 501: Foundations of Urban Education (4)
  • PSYC 511: Educational Statistics (4)
  • Participate in Urban Education Institute with scholar-in-residence

Summer 1 (2nd term):      

  • EDUC 500: Educational Technologies (4)
  • URBN 535 Social Contexts of Urban Schools (4)

Fall:                                  

  •  PSYC 522: Educational Psychology (2)
  •  PSYC 529 or 530: Infant and Child Development (K-6) or Adolescent Psychology (2) (7-12)
  •  EDUC 555: Curriculum and Instruction in Urban Schools (4)
  •  EDUC 510: Reading and Literacies in Content Areas (4)

Spring:                             

  • EDUC 520: Urban Education, Culture, and Identity (4)
  • EDUC 684: Master’s Thesis I (1)

Summer 2 (1st term):     

  • EDUC 585: Capstone (with scholar-in-residence) (4)
  • EDUC 685: Master’s Thesis II (2)

Summer 2 (2nd term):     

  • EDUC 686: Master’s Thesis II (1)

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Urban Education:Faculty and Staff

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Zachary Casey, Assistant Professor of Educational Studies

Cara Djonko-Moore, Assistant Professor of Educational Studies

Kathy Evans, Director of Teacher Licensure and Field Placements

Arlinda Fair, Admissions and Graduate Program Coordinator

Joseph Kelly, edTPA and Master's Thesis Coordinator

Laura Kelly, Assistant Professor of Educational Studies

Natalie Person, Professor of Psychology, Chair of Educational Studies

Laura Taylor, Assistant Professor of Educational Studies

Jeanne Wilson, Adjunct Assistant Professor

 

 

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