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Advising Guidelines – Urban Education Option

The Urban Education Option of the Elementary and Early Childhood Education Program is a 5 year sequence that culminates in a Master’s Degree and certifications in either P-6 [ECE][1] or K-6 [ELE] and English as a Second Language [ESL].

Elementary or Early Childhood Education majors may begin this course of study during Freshman year or transfer any time before the complete their junior practicum. A minimum GPA of 3.0 is needed to transition from Year 4 to Year 5, therefore we require a consistently high GPA to be admitted to and to remain in the program.

Course of study:  At the end of Year 4 students are awarded a Bachelor’s degree and therefore must complete the standard 32 units. In addition, students in the 5 year program are expected to also complete 2 graduate level courses within the first four years. This may require students to take 1-2 semesters with a  5 unit load.[2] Another option is to take 1-2 courses during the Winter interim, May, or Summer semesters.

 Majors: The Urban Education option may accept students from all disciplines however content area disciplines (Mathematics, English, History, Biology) are encouraged as well as areas of study such as Spanish that are currently considered “high need”.

Study abroad: There are several opportunities to study abroad as part of the Urban Education option.

  • During your undergraduate career you can study abroad for an academic semester as long as you plan for a semester with no education coursework. This is very easy to do with just a bit of advanced planning.
  • During your undergraduate career you can take particular courses abroad. These are more short-term experiences and there are opportunities all over the globe. During the summer between year 4 and year 5 you can take up to three English as a Second Language courses in Mallorca, Spain.
  • You can do 7 weeks of student teaching in another country as part of our Global Student Teaching Program.

Undergraduate Program

Urban Core:

  • ELE 203/Introduction to Urban Education (Spring only)
  • ELE 302/Introducation to Teacher Research (Fall only or Winter hybrid)
  • ELE XXX/Critical Pedagogy (this course is in process but will be required)
  • ECE 102/Multicultural Children’s Literature
  • SOM 203/Social Studies Methods (Spring only)
  • ESLM coursework (choose two courses under advisement)

Education Core:

  • ELE 201 or ECE 201/Child and Adolescent Development
  • RAL 221 or RAL 222/Reading and Literacy
  • ECE 202[3]/Foundations of Early Childhood Education
  • MAT 105
  • MAT 106[4]
  • BIO 104
  • PHY 103[5]
  • US History[6]
  • Visual and Performing Arts[7]

Liberal learning requirements:

FSP/Freshman Seminar[8]

Gender and Global:  The gender and global liberal learning requirements are the only two that are not automatically met by the standard course of study. We recommend looking for US History or VPA courses that will also meet one of these requirements.

Graduate Program

 The graduate program begins immediately after graduation and extends for one calendar year. You are expected to take classes during the summer between year 4 and 5 in order to graduate in May of year 5 with your Master’s degree and teaching certifications. You will complete 30 graduate credits and all required coursework as outlined below.

Teaching core:

  • EDUC 694/Internship I (3cr)
  • EDUC 695/Internship II (6cr)
  • EDUC 690/Student teaching seminar (2cr)
  • ELEM 697/Independent Study (1cr)

ELSM core (3cr each):

  • ESLM 577/Sociolinguistics (Fall only)
  • ESLM 578/Theory and Practice of ESL (Fall only or Mallorca)
  • ESLM 579/ Content Area Literacy for ESL (Fall only)
  • ESLM 525/Second Language Acquisition (Spring only or Mallorca)
  • ESLM 545/English Structure and Proficiency Assessment (Spring only or Mallorca)
  • ESLM 587/Curriculum and Methods for Multilingual Populations(Spring only or Mallorca)

Distribution requirement (3cr) (choose one):

  • ELEM 515/Conflict Resolution (Spring only)
  • EDUC 614/Creating and Sustaining Communities
  • SPED 525/Inclusive Practices for Typical Classrooms (Maymester only)

Comprehensive Exam: ESLM 700 (0cr) – register for this during or after the semester when your ESLM courses have been completed.


Full Program Sequence[9]


Fall Spring
Year 1
FSP/Freshman Seminar
Language 1 or ElectiveMAT 105Major 1
ELE 203/Intro to Urban Education (Spring only)
WRI 102 or ElectiveMAT 106Major 2
Year 2
SCI 103
Language 2 or Elective Major 3Major 4


SCI 104
Language 3 or Elective Major 5Major 6
Year 3
ELE 203RAL 221
Major 7Major 8
Major 9Major 10
Year 4
US History ECE 102
Major 11 or ElectiveELE 302

Graduate course Elective*

SOM (Spring only for Urban)
Major 12 or Elective Foundations of Urban EducationESLM 587**

ESLM 545**

Year 5

Maymester — SPED 525*

Summer 1 – Graduate course elective*

EDUC 694 ESLM 578 ESLM 579

ESLM 577

EDUC 695 EDUC 690 ESLM 525
  • choose from SPED 525, EDUC 614, ELEM 515
  • ** Counts toward Graduate Planner


  1. Most UGs will have to take at least one 5 unit semester.
  2. Sequence of some courses is flexible (i.e. US History, ECE 102)
  3. Early Childhood Majors also need ECE 202



[1] Although the ECE certification is P-6 we focus specifically on P-3

[2] GPA of 3.3 is required for approval of a 5 unit semester load.

[3] Only required for ECE concentration

[4] Not required for Math, Psychology or Sociology majors or students who have previously taken Statistics

[5] Not required for Math majors

[6] Recommended courses are Race Relations in the US, Women in the US or courses lead by Fisher, McGreevy, or Nicolosi

[7] Although ECE 102 is listed as a VPA that is not sufficient for Education majors. You must choose an alternate VPA.

[8] Check your FSP to see if it meets other liberal learning requirements (i.e. VPA, gender, global)

[9] This planner is general and does not include specific second major requirements.