The Policy, Research, & Practice concentration is for students interested in a broad theoretical foundation in urban education, coupled with academically-based community service, (without certification) – and for students preparing to submatriculate* into the elementary, middle years, or secondary Master’s/certification program at GSE.
1. URBS 202 or EDUC 202 – Urban Education
The following course lists are not exhaustive; other courses may be substituted but require prior approval from the Urban Education advisor
2. Child or Adolescent Development course -PSYC 151 - Language and Thought (requires PSYC 001)
3. Urban Context course -Any Urban Studies (URBS) course focused on the United States will fulfill this requirement.
4. Pedagogy or Curriculum course -EDUC 250 - Learning from Children (aka Observing Children)
5. ABCS course* related to urban education -URBS 323 - Tutoring in Schools: Theory & Practice
For a full, updated listing of ABCS courses, please consult the Netter Center for Community Partnership's website. https://www.nettercenter.upenn.edu/abcs-courses/current-courses
6. Elective –URBS 460 - Comprehensive School Reform as Applied Public Policy
7. CAPSTONE – a problem-based or theory-based research project that students can complete in the context of a (second) ABCS course (see above), a senior thesis course, or an independent study.
*These are the courses within each category that are most likely to be accepted as submatriculation courses. Do not take them before you have been accepted to submatriculate, if that is your goal.
For additional information about the Urban Education Minor please contact the program advisor:NancyLee Bergey