Master's in Urban Teaching at Providence College

Why pursue a Master’s in Urban Teaching at Providence College?
The Providence College Master’s in Urban Teaching program – the first of its kind in Rhode Island – aims to reduce the achievement gap in urban schools by providing early-career teachers the ​skills needed for success in urban classrooms. The program focuses on understanding the sociocultural contexts of urban teaching and developing strategies for student success.

What you'll study

The Master’s in Urban Teaching program consists of 10 courses and has been designed to be flexible in meeting the needs and schedules of our students. Therefore, the program can be completed in as little as two or as long as five years. The program follows a hybrid-cohort model in which the students take five classes as a group and five classes that suit their individual professional development interests. A new option for electives this year is a three-course focus area in English as a Second Language. All elective courses are selected in consultation with the Program Director.

Selected Courses

  • Culturally Competent Teaching
  • Differentiating Instruction for Diverse Urban Learners
  • Successful Urban Education
  • Language, Literacy, and Culture


Faculty members in the Master’s in Urban Teaching Program are teachers and practitioners. They have attained their degrees from institutions that include the University of California, Temple University, Harvard University, and the University of Puerto Rico. They also have earned or have been nominated for several awards, have presented their scholarly work at conferences, and have served as fellows and board members for local and national organizations.  


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Combined Program: Teacher Certification and Master’s Degree

Interested in becoming a high school teacher? Looking for a program that sets you on a path for teacher certification and a master’s degree?

Our combined Teacher Certification Program [TCP] and Master of Education in Urban Teaching [M.Ed.] is for you. This one-of-a-kind program is offered by the Providence College School of Continuing Education and the Graduate Studies Program. It provides an alternative path to secondary school certification and focuses on training teachers to succeed in diverse, urban classrooms. In other words, it’s real preparation for real classrooms — those with the most need.

Additional Information

Program Details  |  Graduate Admission

Contact Us

Nuria Alonso Garcia, Ph.D.
Director, Master’s in Urban Teaching Program


  1. Students develop an asset-based orientation to urban education and a strengths-based approach in teaching that support cultural and linguistic diversity and ensure equitable learning opportunities.
  2. Students build knowledge of the dimensions of interculturality and culturally responsive pedagogies, and understand that all students’ cultural identity should be recognized, respected, and accommodated.
  3. Students build knowledge of language learning/teaching approaches and the structure of the English language through applied phonetics, morphology and semantics applicable to ESOL contexts in the US.
  4. Students utilize content, knowledge and skills to develop engaged research with real-world implications: case studies, teaching modules and a thesis project examining education in urban contexts.

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