Welcome to the School of Urban Education

“Urban Education” is representative of the best educational research and applied practices available in the field today. Issues of race, gender, socio-economic class, equity, linguistic pluralism, and social justice can be found in every classroom whether urban, suburban, rural, public or private. The degree to which these factors can be found in a school is the only difference.

The mission of the School of Urban Education is to develop transformative professional educators who are:

  • Subject matter experts;
  • Schooled in child and adolescent development;
  • Practicing scholars of educational research;
  • Equipped to advance every child’s learning amid the social, economic and cultural diversity found in the classroom and surrounding community.

Cultural philosopher and educator, Henry Giroux (1943- ) defines a “transformative educator” as one who has a social vision and commitment to make public schools democratic public spheres, where all children, regardless of race, class, gender and age can learn what it means to be able to participate fully in a society that affirms and sustains the principles of equality, freedom, and social justice and who has the courage to take risks, to look into the future and to imagine a world that could be, as opposed to simply what is.

To achieve the goal of developing transformative professional educators, there will be early and extensive clinical opportunities for the student intern to be active in a partnership with a specific school. Research indicates that, just as with the medical profession, the more hours spent in the clinical experience to apply content knowledge and practices, the better prepared the intern will be for transition to career responsibilities.

Learning to integrate technology into classrooms is a fundamental component of the teacher preparation program. In addition to standard uses of technology tools, there will be the opportunity to understand and assist the progress of students in a classroom through software analysis, applications of various social media and interpretation and uses of data to advance learning.

All education courses taken by student teaching interns will stress the relevance of the course content to classroom applications as demonstrated by on-site projects with partner schools whenever possible.

Urban Education students benefit from the School’s collaboration and partnerships with other components of TU’s academic and service community:

  • The University School for the Gifted 
  • STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Summer Programs for Students and Teachers
  • Continuing Education/Lifelong Learning
  • True Blue Neighbors
  • Kendall-Whittier Elementary Community School
  • Communication Disorders (Deaf Education and Language Pathology)
  • TU’s Center for Community Development and Research (CCRD)
  • Gilcrease Museum
  • Henry Zarrow Center for Arts and Education
  • Global Alliance Center 
  • English Programs for International Studies


The School of Urban Education is nationally accredited by the Teacher Education Accreditation Council (TEAC).The School is also state accredited by the Oklahoma Commission for Teacher Preparation (OCTP) in deaf education, elementary education, exercise and sports science, instrumental and vocal music education, art, foreign language, science, English, social studies, mathematics, theatre (speech/drama/debate).

Full Title II 2011-12   (Pdf. 121KB)