Penn GSE

Teacher Education Program

At Penn, students and faculty have become deeply involved in local schools through community service, research, and academically based community service. In response to student interest in community and education issues, Penn’s College of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Education sponsor an interdisciplinary undergraduate minor in Urban Education. The minor is open to Penn undergraduates in all disciplines. 

The seven-course undergraduate Urban Education Minor offers students a unique opportunity to bridge learning between the classroom and community, and features:

  • Academically based community service (ABCS) in local schools
  • A deeper understanding of the complex factors affecting urban education
  • Field-based research in your major or other area of interest
  • Hands-on opportunities to investigate a career in education

Coursework consists of three core courses:

  • Urban Education,
  • Child or Adolescent Development,
  • Urban Education Capstone, and four elective courses, which vary depending upon the student's interests and advisor approval.

Students minoring in Urban Education may submatriculate into the M.S.Ed. degree program in Early Elementary (grades PreK-4), Middle Level (grades 4-8), or Secondary (grades 7-12) Education in their junior year if they are interested in earning Pennsylvania instructional 1 certification.