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Urban Education, M.Ed.

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The M.Ed. in Urban Education is a fully online degree program designed to prepare education professionals who are committed to delivering high-quality, culturally relevant/sustaining instruction and services that meet the needs of students  in increasingly diverse, urban school systems across the United States.  UNC Charlotte is particularly focused on providing professionals with practical tools and resources that increase multicultural competence and awareness.  To achieve its objectives, the program aims to equip teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, counselors, and those alike – who currently work or aspire to work in, or with, urban schools – with practical approaches to implementing evidenced-based best practices that improve the educational experiences and academic outcomes of racially, linguistically, socioeconomically, and culturally diverse populations.  Students who graduate with an M.Ed. in Urban Education from UNC Charlotte not only gain a pedagogical (instructional) skill set that informs their understanding of culturally responsive/sustaining teaching practices, but they are also trained to recognize and examine larger issues related to culture, race, and racism that influences the quality of non-academic services (counseling, mentoring, social/behavioral support, etc.) prospective graduates may provide to urban communities.

The M.Ed. in Urban Education requires 33 credit hours of coursework.  The program is designed as a cohort model that admits students as a group beginning each Fall semester.  Students admitted to this selective online program average two (2) courses per semester and are expected to complete the program in two (2) years (including one full Summer term).

Admission Requirements

The minimum admission requirements for the M.Ed. in Urban Education program are:

  • An earned undergraduate degree from a college or university accredited by an accepted accrediting body
  • An undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or above
  • An official transcript of previous academic coursework beyond high school
  • Acceptable scores on verbal, quantitative, and analytical sections of the GRE, GMAT, or MAT in accordance to the standards set by the UNC Charlotte Graduate School and taken within the previous 5 years
  • Three (3) professional letters of recommendation from education professionals to speak to the benefit of this program for the professional growth of the candidate
  • A statement of purpose for entering a M.Ed. in Urban Education online program
  • TOEFL scores if applicable (Students for whom English is not the primary language must submit scores from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the International English Language Testing System (IELTS), or Pearson Test of English (PTE))
  • Other credentials required by the Graduate School


Test requirements will be waived for students with an undergraduate or graduate GPA of 3.0 or above from a U.S. college or university accredited by an accepted accrediting body.

Degree Requirements

Grade Requirements

While enrolled in the M.Ed. in Urban Education program, students are expected to earn a grade of A or B in all courses, maintaining a minimum cumulative 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) to graduate.  The capstone project is assessed on a Pass/Unsatisfactory basis and is not included in the cumulative average.  An accumulation of three (3) marginal C grades in any graduate coursework results in automatic suspension of enrollment.  If students earn a grade of a U in any course, their enrollment is suspended and they are not be able to progress without being readmitted to the program.  Readmission to the program requires approval from the Dean of the Graduate School upon the recommendation of the Graduate Program Director.

Degree Total = 33 Credit Hours

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