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  • Counting Down to UHD/NASA Conversation with Astronaught Joe Acaba

    Urban Education students in UHD’s College of Public Service learned how to be effective STEM educators with the support of NASA’s Office of Education and veteran teacher Acaba.

  • Beginning in Spring 2018, the Urban Education Department will offer a certification track for EC-12 Special Education

    Interested students should contact UE to receive information about the changes to the EC-6 Core Subjects with ESL Supplemental degree plan.

  • What do you value from your experience in the College of Public Service?

    "Joining a team, then becoming a family!"  - Anonymous graduate

  • Urban Education Students Mentoring Middle Schoolers

    Thanks to the University of Houston-Downtown’s Urban Education Department, a group of female Arnold Middle School seventh and eighth graders are receiving additional guidance to help them transition to high school.

  • What do you value from your experience in the College of Public Service?

    "Hard work, making friends, papers, playing pool."  - Neel Patel

Why should you choose University of Houston-Downtown for your Public Service Degree?

Reason No. 10

At UHD, we understand that a Public Service career isn't "just a job." Rather, it is a calling pursued by individuals passionate about helping diverse populations, communities and the environment.

Reason No. 9

We believe that an educated society creates thoughtful policy and humanistic practices for the betterment of its diverse constituents.

Reason No. 8

We constantly update our programs through curriculum plans developed in partnership with public service leaders. This approach ensures that our graduates can successfully compete in the job market and excel as leaders within the Public Service community

Reason No. 7

We offer flexible learning options to accommodate your schedule. We offer several online, hybrid (online with some classroom attendance required), and weekend courses.

Reason No. 6

A UHD Public Service degree will equip you with the knowledge and tools necessary to facilitate effective resolutions for public and public service issues on a local, national and international level.

Reason No. 5

Our Criminal Justice curriculum provides for the development of critical skills in criminal justice planning, implementation, and evaluation to ensure that the management and administration of the criminal justice system is effective, efficient, and responsive to the needs of the community

Reason No. 4

UHD has an outstanding reputation for producing quality teachers. Our Urban Education Program is respected by employers and offers unique, field-based teacher training that exceeds other programs in the region.

Reason No. 3

Our Social Work program is accredited by the Council of Social Wo​rk Education​ (CSWE), and offers a curriculum designed to engage students in dynamic research that will improve the quality of our area schools and justice institutions, and instill scholarship, integrity and responsibility in tomorrow's leaders

Reason No. 2

Our Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice will equip program graduates with the skills needed to provide leadership, critical thinking, and knowledge in the areas of criminological theory, program evaluation, and criminal justice administration.

And Reason No. 1 we believe you'll want to get your public service degree here:

We strive to engage in dynamic research to improve the quality of our area schools and justice institutions, and instill scholarship, integrity and responsibility in tomorrow's leaders.

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    UHD Veterans Services assists veterans, reservists, guardsmen, and dependents of disabled or deceased veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces. Over 500 veterans are currently pursuing a degree at UHD.​

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    Leigh Van Horn​, Ed.D.

    Associate Dean:
    Kevin Buckler, Ph.D​.

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