Master of Arts in Teaching: Urban Education & Social Justice

with a Preliminary Single or Multiple Subject Teaching Credential


Acquire the special teaching skills needed in the urban setting while pursuing your teaching credential.

Students learn through a combination of coursework, fieldwork, applied research and professional development activities.

Video of highlights of a recent UESJ activity
"3rd Annual Action Research Poster Session" >>



What makes UESJ unique?

Graduates of the MA in Teaching: Urban
Education & Social Justice
(MAT: UESJ) will
have received training to teach in urban settings.

  • Group support:
    New students will be admitted each fall (no spring admission) and will progress through the program as a group, providing opportunities for professional development and social support.
  • Students focus on the complex learning needs and strengths of urban students from diverse cultural, educational and socioeconomic backgrounds.

  • Specialized courses:
    MAT: UESJ students will enroll in special sections of required credential courses, as well as courses required for the master’s degree (two additional 3-credit courses). These special sections will be reserved for MAT: UESJ students to provide further group development opportunities and specific attention to issues in urban education.
  • Specialized fieldwork/student teaching:
    During the two phases of required student teaching, MAT: UESJ students will be placed in schools specially selected for their best practices in teaching diverse, urban student populations.

Credential Coursework

The teaching credentials offered in conjunction with the MA in Teaching: Urban Education & Social Justice are:

Preliminary Multiple Subject Credential with an optional Bilingual Authorization in Spanish | 36-40 credits.

Preliminary Single Subject Credential with an optional Bilingual Authorization in Spanish | 34-38 credits.


To Apply:

Review of complete applications begins on March 1 and continues until the cohort is filled.

The MAT: UESJ program has a limited number of spaces available each year. See more about Application Deadlines.

  1. Submit a paper or online USF School of Education application following all requirements as outlined.
  2. In your statement of intent, please include your experiences working with urban youth and your vision for enacting social justice as a teacher.

Applicants will be assessed on the following:

  1. Experience in urban communities and schools;
  2. Interest in and ability to study issues of diversity and social justice in education;
  3. Fit for the MAT: UESJ program.