About the School

Framework for the University of Tulsa's
School of Urban Education Teacher Education Program

The University of Tulsa is a private, independent, doctoral-degree granting institution, whose mission reflects these core values: excellence in scholarship, dedication to free inquiry, integrity of character, and commitment to humanity (University of Tulsa Mission, 1999). These core values are also central to the mission, operations, and outcomes of the School of Urban Education (housed in the Henry Kendall College of Arts and Sciences). The University and the School of Urban Education achieves its mission by educating men and women of diverse backgrounds and cultures to build on the mission of the University to:

  • become literate in the sciences, humanities, and arts;
  • think critically, and write and speak clearly;
  • succeed in their professions and careers;
  • behave ethically in all aspects of their lives;
  • welcome the responsibility of citizenship and service in a changing world; and
  • acquire the skills and appetite for lifelong learning (University Mission, 1999).

Mission of the School of Urban Education

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 societ;y that affirms and sustains the principles of equalit;y, 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.

Statement of Purpose

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.

Further, all education courses taken by the intern will stress the relevance of the course content to classroom applications as demonstrated by on-site projects with partner schools whenever possible.