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9 semester hours

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  • Fall: July 15
  • Spring: December 15
  • Summer: May 1

Urban Education Endorsement

Georgia State’s Urban Education Endorsement provides specialized preparation for teaching in urban settings. Teachers pursuing it may be enrolled as non-degree students or may be enrolled in specific programs.

This endorsement is offered through the Department of Early Childhood and Elementary Education and the Department of Middle and Secondary Education.

The undergraduate-level endorsement can be added by undergraduates who have been admitted to a teacher education program, have a 2.5 undergraduate GPA and hold a pre-service teacher certificate. View the Admissions Requirements tab below and listing in the undergraduate catalog for the requirements.

The graduate-level endorsement is offered to certified teachers or those admitted to a Georgia State initial teacher preparation program and hold a pre-service certificate. For more information, view the Admissions Requirements tab below and the listing in the graduate catalog for the requirements.

Program Highlights

The Georgia Professional Standards Commission established an Urban Education Endorsement in response to the call from public school educators who saw the need for preparing educators to better understand and meet the needs of under-served students in urban areas.

Georgia State’s Professional Education Faculty’s conceptual framework underscores our commitment to urban education, to meeting the needs of diverse learners and to social justice and equity.

As leaders in the state and nationally in urban education, our faculty are compelled to ensure students in our educator preparation programs are prepared to teach in urban schools.

Through this endorsement, we offer all educators the opportunity to develop the content and expertise to effectively meet the needs of culturally, ethnically and linguistically diverse students in urban contexts.

Program Details

Undergraduate candidates must be admitted to a Georgia State undergraduate teacher education program, have a 2.5 undergraduate GPA and hold a pre-service teacher certificate. Candidates in the B.S.Ed. Elementary Education, B.S.Ed. Birth Through Five and B.S.Ed. Middle Level Education program are admitted into the program upon admission to their major. Candidates in other undergraduate teacher education programs may apply to add on the endorsement by applying to the College of Education & Human Development’s Office of Academic Assistance.

Graduate candidates must be certified teachers or be admitted to a Georgia State initial teacher preparation program and hold a pre-service certificate. Pre-service teachers in the M.A.T. in Elementary Education are admitted into the Urban Education Endorsement upon acceptance to their degree programs. Other candidates may apply to add on the endorsement by applying to this program.

When applying to the Urban Education Endorsement, you will need to submit several documents for review.

  • Online application
  • Application fee of $50
  • Goals statement (upload with the application – applicant should outline the motivation for pursuing the endorsement)
  • Proof of teacher certification in Georgia
  • Official transcript(s): minimum 2.5 undergraduate GPA or master’s degree. Submit official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended electronically to gradapplytranscripts@gsu.edu or by mailing to:

    Georgia State University
    Office of Admissions
    Graduate School
    P.O. Box 4018
    Atlanta, GA 30302

The coursework in this endorsement consists of three courses representing the following areas: (a) Strand 1:  The impact of culture, ideologies and implicit bias: Understanding the self as educator, (b)  Strand 2:  Historic, systemic and institutionalized oppression in urban education: Understanding race and intersectionality in and out of schools and (c) Strand 3: Excellence in urban education: Cultivating culturally and historically responsive educators.


Strand 1:  The Impact of Culture, Ideologies and Implicit Bias: Understanding the Self as Educator

Required (3 hrs.):

EDUC 7440  Self in Society: Decolonizing Educator Identities Toward Excellence in Urban Education

Strand 2:  Historic, Systemic and Institutionalized Oppression in Urban Education: Understanding Race and Intersectionality In and Out of Schools

Required (3 hrs.):

EDCI 7980/8780 Teaching and Learning in Urban Contexts

Strand 3: Excellence in Urban Education: Cultivating Culturally and Historically Responsive Educators

Choose one (3 hrs):

EDUC 7460 Culturally and Historically Responsive Education
EDRD 7210 Family Literacy and Community Learning

Successful completion of the three courses and the portfolio qualifies a person for the bachelor’s, master’s or educational specialist endorsement, depending on the level of certification.

The Urban Education Endorsement is taught on the Atlanta Campus and in a hybrid format.



This endorsement enables those teaching in urban settings to gain more specialized preparation.


Program Coordinator
Joyce Many

College of Education & Human Development
30 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

Mailing Address and Office Location
College of Education & Human Development, Suite 550
30 Pryor St. SW
Atlanta, GA 30303 USA

30 Pryor Street SW
Atlanta, GA 30303

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