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The problems of urban education over the last few years have been well documented. Many educators feel that one of the greatest sources of educational inequality is the disproportionate exposure of poor and minority students - those students who attend inner-city schools - to less trained and experienced teachers. The University of Houston-Downtown and Houston's area school districts have enthusiastically accepted the challenge of developing a proficiency-driven, field-based teacher training program specifically designed to help all students achieve academic success.

We welcome you into this new program and encourage you to accept the challenge as we work together in creating outstanding teachers for Houston's children.

The degree programs in Urban Education require a minimum of 123 semester credit hours (SCH). For degree completion, at least the last 30 SCH, representing the professional development and fieldbased courses, must be earned through instruction offered by the University of Houston-Downtown.

Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

Students seeking a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Interdisciplinary Studies will select from among three certification programs:

Certification Area Description
4-8 Generalist Teach in upper elementary classrooms through middle school grade levels.
EC-6 Elementary Generalist Certifies graduate to teach in classrooms from early childhood through grade 6.
EC-6 Bilingual Generalist For students interested in teaching in early childhood through grade 6 bilingual classrooms.

Note: EC = Early Childhood

Mickey Moffett's Major Opportunity at UHD

B.A. Interdisciplinary Studies

UHD student Mickey Moffett is attending UHD to earn a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in hopes of becoming a teacher. Moffett transferred to UHD from a local community college and enjoys the professors and affordability of the university.

Important information about the BAIS Degree in the Department of Urban Education.

Become a High School Teacher (Secondary Program)

The Department of Urban Education in conjunction with the English, Math, Science and History Departments will initiate its new Secondary Teacher Preparation Program this spring. This program is designed to allow participants to prepare for and obtain certification as a 7th-12th grade teacher in one of the four core subjects listed above.

Education is an attractive field. The average starting salary in Texas is $45K a year with full retirement and medical benefits. You are eligible for loan forgiveness if you teach 5 years or more in an urban Title 1 school. There are a large number of scholarship and financial aid opportunities available for those students who are interested in teaching science or math. In addition, if you plan well in advance, you can complete the requirements for graduation in 120 hours. The Secondary Program provides you with three semesters of experience working with 7-12 grade students before graduation. This experience gives you an advantage when applying for jobs after graduation. Finally, taking the secondary program route provides you with advantages when it comes to taking the certification exams.

Interested students should contact their current program or University College advisor and express their interest in the Secondary Teacher Preparation program. The advisor will provide you with a copy of the relevant degree plan. You can also contact the Urban Education advisor, Terrilyn Ratcliff at or the Department of Urban Education at (713) 221-2759 to obtain more information.

Last updated or reviewed on 3/11/15

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