Master of Arts in Urban Education


Rhodes College is committed to combining a liberal arts education with opportunities for our students to integrate theory and practice in our complex, vibrant, and resource-rich urban setting of Memphis, TN. The goal of our program in Educational Studies is to build upon this commitment to produce future teachers, researchers, leaders, and education policy makers who can be transformative educators in Memphis and our region.


In response to the present and growing need for high-impact, culturally relevant teachers in our local urban schools, and in keeping with our commitment to the liberal arts as the basis of our academic mission, we aspire to:

  • Prepare thought leaders and teachers who can work in asset-based ways in high-needs, high-poverty school contexts;
  • Recruit recent graduates nationally from peer institutions who seek to teach in culturally relevant ways in an urban setting;
  • Recruit and retain students of color, first-generation students, and under-represented persons in the teaching profession;
  • Place high quality teachers in local public schools who will make Memphis their home, and who will become exemplary veteran educators;
  • Respond to the immense need for quality teachers and educational leaders in our city, state, and nation;
  • Become a hub in the community for dialogue, advocacy, and professional development for graduates, local teachers, and administrators.


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.


Students will complete an intensive 15-month program (52 credits) in which they will gain substantial experience working in local schools. 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.