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Master of Arts in Teaching - Urban Teaching

The Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT) Urban Teaching program is intended for teachers who want to acquire or increase their knowledge, skills and attitudes to teach students in urban settings and increase the academic performance of all students.

The program will provide a framework for teachers to address the increasing diversity of preschool - grade 12 students which challenge schools to become more responsive to student diversity to ensure successful learning for all students regardless of their personal characteristics, learning styles, linguistic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.

The program will help to increase the retention rate of teachers by preparing them to work successfully in urban environments with culturally and linguistically diverse populations, their students' families and communities. The program will focus on multiple perspectives that support Urban Education including culturally and linguistically responsive teaching, multicultural education and reflective thinking. (36 credits)


Urban Teaching Program Requirements


Urban Teaching Specialization

Teachers seeking an 18 hour "planned program" of study to fulfill their Professional Education Certificate as required by the State of Michigan Department of Education may choose the Urban Teaching Specialization. The specialization consists of 8 courses introducing students to theoretical frameworks and research with educational practice in urban school settings prior to completing the master degree. (24 credits)

Benefits of an Urban Teaching Degree

With the increasingly changing demographics of our school districts, there is a need to prepare educators who understand the ever-present realities of diversity in schools and the respective communities. The Urban Teaching program enables graduates to meet and understand the academic and social needs of students as well as families and communities.

The strategies acquired through this degree enable educators to improve the academic performance of their students.

Educators holding a Masters of Arts Urban Teaching Degree may hold positions in any of the following areas:
• K-12 Public Schools
• Charter Schools

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistic's 2008 salary guide ( ) job prospects are best for teachers in high-demand fields, such as mathematics, science, and bilingual education, and in less desirable urban or rural school districts. The median annual wages of kindergarten, elementary, middle, and secondary school teachers ranged from $47,100 to $51,180 in May 2008; the lowest 10 percent earned $30,970 to $34,280; the top 10 percent earned $75,190 to $80,970. The median annual salary for post secondary professor at a college/university in May 2008 was $58,830. The middle 50 percent earned between $41,600 and $83,960. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $28,870, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $121,850.

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