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There has been nothing more exciting or fulfilling than building relationships with my students. Seeing how much they grew academically and personally was incredible and knowing I was helping them through those processes made me decide to pursue a career in education.

-Anne Elizabeth Garrard, 2018 cohort

We welcome applications from students who meet our admission criteria and are passionate about working for educational justice in Memphis and the surrounding region.

We strive to accept students who affirm our strong commitments to diversity, inclusion, and social justice. African American, LatinX, and first-generation students who meet the admission requirements are especially encouraged to apply. 

Please review the following candidate profiles for each of the program tracks:

Initial Licensure Candidate Profile:
Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree or will be awarded a bachelor’s degree prior to entering the program and are interested in attaining teacher licensure and engaging in research through the completion of a master’s thesis.

Non-Licensure Track Candidate Profile:  
Local and national college graduates, local practitioners (teachers) and other education professionals who want to pursue an advanced urban education degree and desire to engage in research through the completion of a master’s thesis.

Post-baccalaureate Teacher Licensure Certificate Candidate Profile:
Students interested in obtaining teacher licensure in an accelerated course of study after earning a bachelor’s degree. This track does not include a thesis component.  

Students who have earned a bachelor’s degree or will be awarded a bachelor’s degree prior to entering the program will need to formally apply to the program online, submit all required application materials and meet the program’s admission criteria (which are aligned with CAEP and TN state standards) to be admitted into the program.  

Successful applicants will be required to have a bachelor’s degree in the content area they wish to teach (for secondary candidates) or in a liberal arts or science field (for elementary candidates). It is preferred that applicants have an undergraduate GPA of 3.00 or higher. Applicants must submit:

  • A completed application
     
  • An entrance essay (500 to 700 words) that focuses on one’s skills, dispositions, knowledge of culturally relevant pedagogies, and commitments to working with students in urban schools.
     
  • College transcript(s) showing all coursework completed to date. Official undergraduate transcripts will be required prior to program start date.
     
  • Two letters of recommendation that speak directly to an applicant’s academic and interpersonal skills
     
  • Qualifying PRAXIS I (Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators) and subject area PRAXIS scores (Praxis® Subject Assessments) as required. See Licensure Pathways. Passing scores are determined by the Tennessee Board of Education and can be found on the ETS Tennessee requirements webpage.
    (Licensure and post-bacc track applicants only)
     
  • Proof of teacher licensure (Non-licensure track applicants only)

Summer 2020 Application Open: September 1, 2019 
Priority Application Deadline: December 31, 2019
Applicants will receive notification and preferential scholarship review by January 24, 2020
Regular Application Deadline: March 15, 2020
Enrollment Confirmation Deadline: May 1, 2020
 

All newly admitted students must submit an official transcript from their institution displaying degree conferral to the Admission Office no later than one week prior to the start of the summer term in which a student plans to matriculate.

Conditional admission to the Master of Arts in Urban Education program will be offered to students who are academically admissible based on their academic record and other admission requirements except for qualifying PRAXIS I (Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators) and subject area PRAXIS scores (Praxis® Subject Assessments).
Admission to the master’s degree program is conditional based upon submitting qualifying PRAXIS I (Praxis® Core Academic Skills for Educators) and subject area PRAXIS scores (Praxis® Subject Assessments). To be fully admitted, PRAXIS score reports must be received no later than one week prior to the start date of the summer term in which a student plans to matriculate. Failure to submit required PRAXIS test scores by the requested date will prohibit students from fully matriculating into the program.