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.


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.


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.