ABOUT THE JHU SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
The Johns Hopkins University, opened in 1876, is a private, non-sectarian institution of higher education offering Bachelor’s, Master’s, and doctoral degree programs in education, public health, human services, engineering, and many more areas of study. Johns Hopkins is known as America’s first research university, and is still the leading U.S. academic institution in total research and development spending. Its presence and reach is global.
The School of Education, established in 2007, has quickly taken its place as a national leader in education reform through research and teaching. Ranked among the top graduate schools of education nationally by U.S. News & World Report, the School of Education offers doctoral and master’s degree programs, and is engaged in a variety of research and development activities that are making lasting improvements in student achievement – from early childhood to the adult learner. A vibrant community of scholars dedicated to addressing the most challenging problems facing education, the School of Education approaches its work with an entrepreneurial spirit and a fundamental desire to work in collaborative ways with school systems, traditional and non-traditional education stakeholders, government agencies, and colleagues throughout the Johns Hopkins research community.
Through the School of Education’s graduate programs, master’s and doctoral candidates learn to address the most pressing needs of PK-12 schools, from recruiting and preparing highly qualified teachers to building school leadership capacity, helping children with special needs, developing research-based curricula and closing the achievement gap, and addressing the social and emotional needs of children, youth and families. We also educate and train the most talented counselors, health educators and public safety leaders through evidence-based research and instruction.
The school also develops and enriches its programs—and serve educators across the country and around the world—through nationally recognized research hubs: the Institute for Education Policy; Center for Research and Reform in Education; Center for Social Organization of Schools; and Center for Technology in Education. The school also participates in major interdisciplinary programs at Hopkins, such as the Science of Learning Institute and the 21st Century Cities Initiative. In addition, the school is home to the Division of Public Safety Leadership.
ABOUT THE URBAN TEACHERS COLLABORATION WITH THE JOHNS HOPKINS SCHOOL OF EDUCATION
Urban Teachers and the School of Education have teamed up to give participants the best of clinical preparation and master’s-level coursework. Through this collaboration, all Urban Teachers participants engage in clinical coursework leading to a Master of Science in Education with a concentration in Educational Studies, and work toward certification in content and special education upon completion of the full Urban Teachers program. Urban Teachers and the Johns Hopkins School of Education collaborated to develop the master’s degree, designing the course sequence and each course from scratch, pulling in outside experts to inform the work, and developing unique programs of study and courses. Participants are eligible for full certification only by Urban Teachers and only through successful completion of the first three years of the Urban Teachers program.
The program prepares new teachers to succeed through a rigorous clinical training model whose coursework is primarily practice-based, not simply theoretical. The majority of the coursework occurs during the first two summers and the first year of the program, with two or three remaining university courses in the second year of the program. Courses vary in length. Along the way, participants work with clinical faculty and coaches, who lead coursework and provide coaching at clinical sites (host schools). The goal is to equip participants with the tools and knowledge they will need to be effective.
Urban Teachers residents and first year fellows are considered fully enrolled graduate students at the Johns Hopkins School of Education and have access to the benefits that accompany this status; the expectations of this academic community are also incumbent on members of the Urban Teachers community.
Urban Teachers offers three (3) separate programs of study. Participants are jointly accepted by Urban Teachers and the Johns Hopkins School of Education into one of these three programs of study:
- Elementary Education and Special Education,
- Secondary English Language Arts and Special Education, or
- Secondary Mathematics and Special Education.
Note: On transcripts and for other Johns Hopkins School of Education registration/enrollment services related matters, the programs of study are categorized as Elementary or Secondary Education.
All participants who meet all program requirements will become dually certified in a content area/grade level span and special education. The program of study determines the certification options available. Urban Teachers can only endorse participants for certification in one content area, and that content area of certification will be determined by the program of study and the grade level/content area of placement.
Completion of the Master of Science in Education degree does not make a participant eligible for full professional certification. A participant becomes eligible for certification only upon the successful completion of the Urban Teachers program. Please note, all specializations may not be available at all city sites.