The Early Childhood–Special Education, Urban Track, Bachelor of Education program prepares students for teaching in
urban school districts, especially in low-income communities with high
minority enrollments, where the need for highly qualified teachers is
Coursework and field experiences emphasize the historical, economic,
political, and sociocultural contexts of urban schools and seek to
develop within future teachers the skills, knowledge base, and
sensitivities for working with students whose backgrounds and life
experiences often differ in significant ways from their own.
teachers are showing an interest in urban teaching, and more are finding
meaningful and rewarding employment in city schools.
The IUP Department of Professional Studies in Education
has a strong presence in Pittsburgh and Philadelphia, serving the critical need for high-quality
teachers in urban schools.
Courses and field experiences provide students in the urban track with the requisite knowledge,
attitudes, and skills for addressing the educational challenges that are often unique to urban settings. Expanded opportunities for summer internships and tutoring work in partnership
with particular city schools, most notably our Professional Development
School partners in Pittsburgh.
There are two ways to pursue the Early Childhood–Special Education Urban Track:
You’ll undertake your initial set
of education courses (known as Professional Sequence I) during the
second semester of your sophomore year as part of a designated Urban
Track Cohort. A course, Orientation to Teaching in Urban Centers, is added to this blocked set of courses that comprise the
Professional Sequence I and is taught by a faculty member with
experience in urban schools. You’ll also be
required to take an additional summer course, Field Experiences in Urban
Centers, and perform student
teaching in an urban school.
You’ll participate in the Professional Development
School yearlong field experience—called the Professional Year—for your entire senior year and take a modified version of Professional Sequence II on site at a partner
school during the first semester of the Professional Year. The second
semester on-site corresponds to the student teaching semester in our
Note: These students are required to participate in Professional Sequence I as a member of the Urban Track Cohort and are
required to take Orientation to Teaching in Urban Centers and the Field Experience in Urban Centers.
Students who are unable to participate in the Professional
Sequence I during their fourth semester (e.g., honors students who must take a required core course during that semester, students who did not
complete all requirements for Teacher Certification, etc.) can still
take Professional Sequence I in their fifth semester and still be eligible for
full participation in Track A or B.
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