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. Known as America’s first research university, Johns Hopkins remains the leading U.S. academic institution in total research and development spending.
The Johns Hopkins School of Education, established in 2007, has quickly taken its place as a national leader in education reform through research and teaching. Consistently ranked among the top graduate schools of education nationally by U.S. News & World Report, the school offers doctoral and master’s degree programs, and faculty members are engaged in a variety of research and development activities that are making lasting improvements in student achievement — from early childhood to the adult learner. Comprised of a vibrant community of scholars dedicated to addressing education’s most challenging problems, the School of Education approaches its work with an entrepreneurial spirit and a fundamental desire to collaborate 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 academic programs, graduate degree and certificate candidates learn to address the most pressing needs of PK-12 schools, including preparing highly qualified teachers, building school leadership capacity, helping children with special needs, developing research-based curricula, closing the achievement gap, and addressing the social and emotional needs of children, youth and families. It also trains some of the nation’s leading counselors and health educators through evidence-based research and instruction.
The School of Education also develops and enriches its programs—and serves educators across the country and around the world—through nationally recognized research hubs: the Center for Research and Reform in Education, the Center for Safe and Healthy Schools, the Center for Social Organization of Schools; the Center for Technology in Education, the IDEALS Institute, and the Institute for Education Policy. The school also participates in major interdisciplinary programs at Johns Hopkins, such as the Science of Learning Institute and the 21st Century Cities Initiative, and partners with Morgan State University and Baltimore City Public Schools in operating the innovative elementary-middle school Henderson-Hopkins.
The Johns Hopkins School of Education’s Master of Science in Education collaboration degree program with Urban Teachers has been specifically designed to equip program participants with the knowledge and practices needed to become a highly effective classroom teacher. It is a clinically-based master’s that focuses on core content as well as special education, preparing Urban Teachers participants to meet the needs of all children. It is not enough to just know the content; Urban Teachers educators must be able to demonstrate their content knowledge through the instructional decisions they make for children. For example, Urban Teachers educators must not only know the seven mathematical practices that undergird mathematics instruction, they must also be able to manifest this knowledge in highly engaging and rigorous learning experiences that they create for students every day.
The Urban Teachers program offers three separate programs of study specializations. Participants accepted by both by Urban Teachers and the Johns Hopkins School of Education are placed into one of these three program of study specializations:
- 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 program of study specializations are categorized as Elementary or Secondary Education.
Completion of the Master of Science in Education degree does not in itself make a participant eligible for full professional certification/licensure. A participant becomes eligible for certification/licensure only upon the successful completion of the full Urban Teachers program. Please note, all specializations may not be available at all city sites.