The Urban Education Department offers preparation for both undergraduate and post-baccalaureate students seeking EC-6 generalist, EC-6 bilingual generalist, 4-8 generalist or secondary certification. The professional development sequence of classes include field-based courses that are in selected public schools in several Houston metropolitan districts.

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Urban Education

Many educators feel that one of the greatest sources of urban education inequality is the disproportionate exposure of poor and minority students - those students who attend inner city schools - to less trained and experienced teachers.

To address this issue, UHD and Houston's area school districts enthusiastically accepted the challenge to develop a proficiency-driven, field-based teacher-training program specifically designed to help all students achieve academic success.

The UHD Urban Education Department also offers Professional Development Classes that include field-based courses in several Houston metropolitan district public schools.

Why UHD?

  • Our Urban Education programs produce GREAT teachers who make a difference in the life of every student
  • Our students actively participate in field experiences in Houston area school districts and work with diverse populations in a variety of settings, which leads to greater employment opportunities
  • Multiple financial aid opportunities exist, especially for students interested in teaching science or math
  • Teachers may be eligible for loan forgiveness programs
  • Because of the way our programs are structured, our graduates have an advantage when taking certification exams
  • We offer flexible learning options to accommodate busy schedules
  • Our Urban Education programs are based on the State of Texas Guidelines mandated for teachers by the State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC)


UHD Department of Urban Education program graduates possess the following skill sets, which potential employers consider highly desirable:

  • A strong working knowledge of general and teaching field content and pedagogy
  • In-depth understanding of appropriate instructional strategies to ensure that each child achieves academic success
  • Uses technology efficiently and productively for instructive and administrative purposes
  • Works collaboratively with others
  • Demonstrates appreciation of diversity by structuring the environment so that each child can learn
  • Ability to use effective communication skills and encourage effective communication from others
  • Demonstrates reflective practices which lead to an ever-increasing level of professionalism


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Texas Education Agency

For issues or complaints about this educator preparation program, visit, or mail to Correspondence Management, Texas Education Agency, 1701 N. Congress, Austin, TX 78701.

Last updated or reviewed on 8/29/14

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