Urban Teaching Residency, MSEd

Urban Teaching Residency Program (UTRP)

The Urban Teaching Residency program provides solid academic training and professional mentoring necessary to create effective urban educators. The curriculum is set around four core principles: unwavering focus on children; teacher inquiry and reflection; broad understanding of education and commitment to equity and social justice. The program began as a partnership of Penn GSE, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Teach For America Greater Philadelphia Region.

To meet the needs of people working full time, the Urban Teaching Residency program is an executive-style format program with a hybrid of online and in-person coursework.

Our program offers two tracks. One with Pennsylvania certification (Every Teacher Certified, or ETC) and one without (Urban Professionals Program, or UPP).

Every Teacher Certified Options:

  1. M.S.Ed. in Urban Education with PA Instructional I certification  

    • The M.S.Ed. in Urban Education with recommendation for the Instructional Level I Certification allows you to work towards a Pennsylvania teaching certification while simultaneously completing coursework required to earn a master’s degree in education.
  2. M.S.Ed. in Urban Education with dual certification in PA Instructional I and special education 

    • The M.S.Ed. in Urban Education with recommendation for the Instructional Level I Certification and K-12 Special Education Certification allows you to work towards a PA content-area certification and certification in Special Education in two years. You must opt into this track by the first semester of your first year.
  3. Certification Only – General Education or Special Education 

    • General Education Certification Only is for students who are entering the program through one of our educational and school partners.
  4. Special Education Certification Only is for teachers who are already certified in a general education track.

Urban Professionals Program track

M.S.Ed. in Urban Education

The M.S.Ed in Urban Education is designed for teachers, researchers, educators, and community advocates who are interested in the distinct needs of children and families in high-needs contexts. It explores issues related to equity, access, institutional and school-level policy, as well as the needs of children living in poverty. Drawing from critical and sociocultural perspectives, the M.S.Ed in Urban Education considers how communities, schools, and policy intersect to impact families in high-needs schools.

Urban Teaching Residency Core Requirements 

Core Requirements
EDTF 530Contemp Issues Urban Ed1
EDTF 515Child Development1
EDTF 524School & Society Seminar1
EDTF 521Foundations Special Educ1
EDTF 619Research Seminar1
EDTF 705Urban Education Capstone1
Electives2
Concentration Requirements *

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.


Select a concentration to supplement the Urban Teaching Residency Core Requirements.

Elementary

Elementary (General)
EDTF 503Methods: Elementary A1
EDTF 531Methods: Elementary B1
EDTF 601Methods: Advanced Elementary1

World Languages

EDTF 508METHODS: 7-12 WORLD LANGUAGES1
EDTF 535Methods: 7-12 World Languages B1
EDTF 606METHODS: 7-12 ADVANCED WORLD LANGUAGES1

English Middle Years

EDTF 504Methods: 7-12 Mathematics A1
EDTF 532Methods: Middle Years B1
EDTF 604METHODS: 7-12 ADVANCED ENGLISH1

English Secondary

EDTF 505Methods: 7-12 English A1
EDTF 533Methods: 7-12 English B1
EDTF 604METHODS: 7-12 ADVANCED ENGLISH1

Mathematics Middle Years

EDTF 504Methods: 7-12 Mathematics A1
EDTF 532Methods: Middle Years B1
EDTF 618METHODS: 7-12 ADVANCED MATHEMATICS1

Mathematics Secondary

EDTF 520METHODS: 7-12 MATHEMATICS1
EDTF 536Methods: 7-12 Mathematics B1
EDTF 618METHODS: 7-12 ADVANCED MATHEMATICS1

Sciences Middle Years

EDTF 504Methods: 7-12 Mathematics A1
EDTF 532Methods: Middle Years B1
EDTF 605METHODS: 7-12 ADVANCED SCIENCE1

General Sciences

EDTF 506METHODS: 7-12 SCIENCE (BIOLOGY)1
EDTF 534Methods: 7-12 General Science/Biology B1
EDTF 605METHODS: 7-12 ADVANCED SCIENCE1

Biology

EDTF 506METHODS: 7-12 SCIENCE (BIOLOGY)1
EDTF 534Methods: 7-12 General Science/Biology B1
EDTF 605METHODS: 7-12 ADVANCED SCIENCE1

Physics

EDTF 513METHODS: 7-12 SCIENCE (PHYSICS)1
EDTF 513METHODS: 7-12 SCIENCE (PHYSICS)1
EDTF 605METHODS: 7-12 ADVANCED SCIENCE1

Chemistry

EDTF 512Methods: 7-12 Science (Chemistry)1
EDTF 512Methods: 7-12 Science (Chemistry)1
EDTF 605METHODS: 7-12 ADVANCED SCIENCE1

Special Education K-12 

Core Requirements
EDTF 702SPECIAL EDUCATION LAW & PROCESSES
EDTF 703EDUCATING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES - PART 1
EDTF 701SPECIAL EDUCATION: EDUCATING STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES 2
EDTF 527SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL, AND BEHAVIORAL INTERVENTIONS
EDTF 529LANGUAGE AND LITERACY ACQUISITION
EDTF 524School & Society Seminar1.0
EDTF 515Child Development1.0
EDTF 704Special Ed Capstone
EDTF 706Special Education Capstone - Part II
VAST LIFE
Elective (1)
Specializations
Select one specialization below and complete the requirements:
Elementary
EDTF 503
EDTF 531
Methods: Elementary A
and Methods: Elementary B
World Languages
EDTF 508
EDTF 535
METHODS: 7-12 WORLD LANGUAGES
and Methods: 7-12 World Languages B
English Middle Years
EDTF 504
EDTF 532
Methods: 7-12 Mathematics A
and Methods: Middle Years B
English Seconardy
EDTF 505
EDTF 533
Methods: 7-12 English A
and Methods: 7-12 English B
Mathematics Middle Years
EDTF 504
EDTF 532
Methods: 7-12 Mathematics A
and Methods: Middle Years B
Mathematics Secondary
EDTF 520
EDTF 536
METHODS: 7-12 MATHEMATICS
and Methods: 7-12 Mathematics B
Sciences Middle Years
EDTF 504
EDTF 532
Methods: 7-12 Mathematics A
and Methods: Middle Years B
General Sciences
EDTF 506
EDTF 534
METHODS: 7-12 SCIENCE (BIOLOGY)
and Methods: 7-12 General Science/Biology B
Biology
EDTF 506
EDTF 534
METHODS: 7-12 SCIENCE (BIOLOGY)
and Methods: 7-12 General Science/Biology B
Physics
EDTF 513
513
METHODS: 7-12 SCIENCE (PHYSICS)
and METHODS: 7-12 SCIENCE (PHYSICS)
Chemistry
EDTF 512
512
Methods: 7-12 Science (Chemistry)
and Methods: 7-12 Science (Chemistry)

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.


Every Teacher Certified (ETC) M.S.Ed. with Certification

Certification tracks are assigned based on the content area and grade level placement in which you work in your school. Our program ensures that your coursework and mentoring aligns with requirements for earning teaching certification.

General Education Tracks:

  • Pre-K-4th grade
  • Middle Years with concentration in
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • English
  • Secondary Mathematics
  • Secondary English
  • Secondary General Science
  • Secondary Physics
  • Secondary Biology
  • Secondary Chemistry
  • Secondary World Languages

Required Courses

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCourse Units
EDTF 515 Child Development 1
EDTF 530 Contemporary Issues in Urban Education 1
Select 1 Content Area Methods I course 1
 Course Units3.00
Spring
EDTF 521 Foundations of Special Education 0
EDTF 524 School & Society Seminar 1
Select 1 Content Area Methods II course 1
 Course Units2.00
Second Year
Summer
Select 1 Advanced Methods Course 1
 Course Units1.00
Fall
EDTF 619 Research Seminar 1
MSEd Distribution Course 1 1
 Course Units2.00
Spring
EDTF 705 Urban Education Capstone Writing Seminar 1
MSEd Distribution Course 1 1
 Course Units2.00
 Total Course Units10.00

Required Milestone

Comprehensive Examination (or Portfolio or Thesis) 

Master’s degree candidates must demonstrate thorough knowledge of the field of specialization by passing a comprehensive examination in their area of study. The examination/portfolio/thesis serves an educational and evaluative purpose through which students are expected to review and integrate what they have learned in their coursework and fieldwork. Comprehensive formats vary.


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.


Every Teacher Certified (ETC) M.S.Ed. with Dual Certification

M.S.Ed. in Urban Education with dual certification in PA Instructional I and Special Education

Certification tracks are assigned based on the content area and grade level placement in which you work in your school. Our program ensures that your coursework and mentoring aligns with requirements for earning teaching certification.

General Education Tracks

  • Pre-K-4th grade
  • Middle Years with concentration in
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • English
  • Secondary Mathematics
  • Secondary English
  • Secondary General Science
  • Secondary Physics
  • Secondary Biology
  • Secondary Chemistry
  • Secondary World Languages

Special Education (Dual) Certification

Along with a general education certification, individuals working in special education classrooms may have the opportunity to earn either a Pre-K-8th or a 7th-12th grade special education certification through our dual certification program. A stand-alone special education certification is not an option in the State of Pennsylvania.

Dual certification requires completion of one of the General Education certification tracks above combined with either:

  • Elementary Special Education (Pre-K-8th grade)
  • Secondary Special Education (7th-12th grade)

Teachers who have earned PA certification and wish to add the special education certification can enroll in the Special Education Certification only track, which is a 5-course, 1-year hybrid model.

Required Courses:

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCourse Units
EDTF 702 Special Education Law & Processes 1
EDTF 703 Educating Students with Disabilities - Part I 1
Select 1 Content Area Methods I Course 1
 Course Units3.00
Spring
EDTF 527 Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Interventions 1
EDTF 701 Educating Students with Disabilities - Part II 1
Select 1 Content Area Methods II Course 1
 Course Units3.00
Second Year
Fall
EDTF 515 Child Development 1
EDTF 524 School & Society Seminar 1
EDTF 704 Special Education Capstone - Part I 0
 Course Units2.00
Spring
EDTF 706 Special Education Capstone - Part II 0
VAST Life Program*  
MSEd Distribution Course 1 1
 Course Units1.00
Summer
EDTF 529 Language and Literacy Acquisition 1
 Course Units1.00
 Total Course Units10.00

*VAST LIFE is a program through the Urban Teaching Residency Program designed to provide students ages 14-21 the opportunity to have community based experiences, transitional assessments and lessons, and cultural events in the great city of Philadelphia customized for them by graduate students who are seeking Masters of Education and Special Education Certification in the Commonwealth.

Required Milestone

Comprehensive Examination (or Portfolio or Thesis) 

Master’s degree candidates must demonstrate thorough knowledge of the field of specialization by passing a comprehensive examination in their area of study. The examination/portfolio/thesis serves an educational and evaluative purpose through which students are expected to review and integrate what they have learned in their coursework and fieldwork. Comprehensive formats vary.


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.


Every Teacher Certified (ETC) Certification Only

Certification Only – General Education or Special Education

Certification tracks are assigned based on the content area and grade level placement in which you work in your school. Our program ensures that your coursework and mentoring aligns with requirements for earning teaching certification.

General Education Certification Tracks

  • Pre-K-4th grade
  • Middle Years with concentration in
    • Mathematics
    • Science
    • English
  • Secondary Mathematics
  • Secondary English
  • Secondary General Science
  • Secondary Physics
  • Secondary Biology
  • Secondary Chemistry
  • Secondary World Languages

Required Courses

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCourse Units
EDTC 515 Child Development 1
EDTC 530 Contemporary Issues in Urban Education 1
Select 1 Content Area Methods I course 1
 Course Units3.00
Spring
EDTC 521 Foundations of Special Education 0
EDTC 524 School & Society Seminar 1
EDTC 625 Culturally Responsive Pedagogy 1
Select 1 Content Area Methods II course 1
 Course Units3.00
Second Year
Summer
Select 1 Advanced Methods course 1
 Course Units1.00
 Total Course Units7.00

Special Education (Dual) Certification

Along with a general education certification, individuals working in special education classrooms may have the opportunity to earn either a Pre-K-8th or a 7th-12th grade special education certification through our dual certification program. A stand-alone special education certification is not an option in the State of Pennsylvania.

Dual certification requires completion of one of the General Education certification tracks above combined with either:

  • Elementary Special Education (Pre-K-8th grade)
  • Secondary Special Education (7th-12th grade)

Teachers who have earned PA certification and wish to add the special education certification can enroll in the Special Education Certification only track, which is a 5-course, 1-year hybrid model.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCourse Units
EDTC 702 Special Education Law & Processes 1
EDTC 703 Educating Students with Disabilities - Part I 1
Select 1 Content Area Methods I course 1
 Course Units3.00
Spring
EDTC 527 Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Interventions 1
EDTC 701 Educating Students with Disabilities - Part II 1
Select 1 Content Area Methods II course 1
 Course Units3.00
Second Year
Summer
EDTC 529 Language and Literacy Acquisition 1
 Course Units1.00
Fall
EDTC 515 Child Development 1
EDTC 524 School & Society Seminar 1
 Course Units2.00
Spring
EDTC 625 Culturally Responsive Pedagogy 1
 Course Units1.00
 Total Course Units10.00

Special Education Only Certification

For educators already holding a general education certification that would like to obtain a Special Education certification. Students may choose to earn either a Pre-K-8th or a 7th-12th grade special education certification. A stand-alone special education certification is not an option in the State of Pennsylvania. This is a one-year, online hybrid program.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCourse Units
EDTC 521 Foundations of Special Education 0
EDTC 702 Special Education Law & Processes 1
EDTC 703 Educating Students with Disabilities - Part I 1
 Course Units2.00
Spring
EDTC 527 Social, Emotional, and Behavioral Interventions 1
EDTC 701 Educating Students with Disabilities - Part II 1
 Course Units2.00
Second Year
Summer
EDTC 529 Language and Literacy Acquisition 1
 Course Units1.00
 Total Course Units5.00

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.


Urban Professionals Program (UPP) M.S.Ed. in Urban Education

The M.S.Ed in Urban Education is designed for teachers, researchers, educators, and community advocates who are interested in the distinct needs of children and families in high-needs contexts. It explores issues related to equity, access, institutional and school-level policy, as well as the needs of children living in poverty. Drawing from critical and sociocultural perspectives, the M.S.Ed in Urban Education considers how communities, schools, and policy intersect to impact families in high-needs schools.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallCourse Units
EDTF 524 School & Society Seminar 1
EDTF 530 Contemporary Issues in Urban Education 1
EDTF 627 Outside of the School Box 1
 Course Units3.00
Spring
EDTF 616 Politics of School Reform 1
EDTF 625 Culturally Responsive Pedagogy 1
EDTF 628 Racial Literacy 1
 Course Units3.00
Second Year
Fall
EDTF 619 Research Seminar 1
MSEd Distribution Course 1 1
 Course Units2.00
Spring
EDTF 705 Urban Education Capstone Writing Seminar 1
MSEd Distribution Course 1 1
 Course Units2.00
 Total Course Units10.00

Required Milestone

Comprehensive Examination (or Portfolio or Thesis) 

Master’s degree candidates must demonstrate thorough knowledge of the field of specialization by passing a comprehensive examination in their area of study. The examination/portfolio/thesis serves an educational and evaluative purpose through which students are expected to review and integrate what they have learned in their coursework and fieldwork. Comprehensive formats vary.


The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2020 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.