Urban Education, M.Ed.

Urban Education, M.Ed.
33 Credit Hours
Admits: Fall
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Program Tabs


The M.Ed. in Urban Education is a 33-credit-hour, fully online degree program designed to prepare education professionals who are committed to delivering high-quality, culturally relevant/sustaining instruction and services that meet the needs of students in increasingly diverse, urban school systems and communities across the United States. UNC Charlotte is particularly focused on providing professionals with practical tools and resources that increase multicultural competence and awareness. To achieve its objectives, the program aims to equip teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, counselors, and those alike- who currently work or aspire to work in, or with, urban schools- with practical approaches to implementing evidence-based best practices that improve the educational experiences and academic outcomes of racially, linguistically, socioeconomically, and culturally diverse populations. 

Students who graduate with an M.Ed. in Urban Education from UNC Charlotte will not only gain a pedagogical (instructional) skill set that informs their understanding of culturally responsive/sustaining teaching practices, but they will also be trained to recognize and examine larger issues related to culture, race, and racism that influence the quality of non-academic services (counseling, mentoring, social/behavioral support, etc.) prospective graduates may provide to urban communities.

The program is designed as a cohort model that admits students as a group beginning each fall semester. Students admitted to this selective online program will average two (2) courses per semester and are expected to complete the program in two (2) years (including one full summer term).

The program is 100% online and designed to be flexible for working professionals hoping to continue their education.


Priority Application Deadline:

  • March 1 (Summer Early Admission)
    Students who apply by March 1st should choose summer for their admission semester, as they may take EDUC 6101 in Summer I.

Application Deadline: 

  • August 1 (Fall Admission
    Anyone applying after March 1st should choose fall as their admission semester.

Admissions & Requirements: 

  • Complete the Graduate School Admission Application.
  • A bachelor's degree from a university accredited by a US Department of Education-recognized institutional accreditor.
  • Copies of unofficial transcripts from all academic coursework beyond high school.
  • Three recommendations from those knowledgeable of the candidate‚Äôs interaction with children or youth. Applicants will provide reference contact names and email addresses through the application portal. 
  • A statement of purpose indicating reasons for seeking the M.Ed. in Urban Education.

Fall Semester: Year One

  • EDUC 5100: Diverse Learners (3)
  • ELED 6260: History and Psychology of Racism (3)

Spring Semester: Year One

  • TESL 6206: Globalization, Communities and Schools (3)
  • ELED 6261: Racial Identity Dev. (3)

First Summer Semester: Year One

  • EDUC 6101: Culturally Responsive Classroom Mgmt. (3)
  • EDCI 6201: Perspectives in Immigration and Urban Ed (3)

Second Summer Semester: Year One

  • ELED 6262: Race and Education in Schooling (3)

Fall Semester: Year Two

  • EDCI 6120: Critical Media Pedagogy (3)
  • RSCH 6101: Educational Research Methods (3)

Spring Semester: Year Two

  • MDSK 6691: Seminar in Professional Dev. (3)
  • ELED 6263: Anti-Racist Activism in Ed (3)

*Rates are subject to change* 


  • $288.82 per credit hour
  • $9,531.00 est. program cost

Outside of NC Non-Resident:

  • $536.98 per credit hour
  • $17,720.00 est. program cost

Non Resident:

  • $1098.21 per credit hour
  • $36,241.00 est. program cost