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  • Get Qualified to Teach in a Bilingual or ESL Classroom

    Districts have begun to ask generalist teachers to become ESL certified within a year of hire. By graduating from UHD’S Urban Education program, you will be prepared for your bilingual or ESL certification.

  • Hands-On Experience

    Active engagement in local classrooms allows candidates ample opportunity to practice and teach and be well prepared with hands-on experience. Support from mentor teacher and supervisor

  • Small Teacher to Student Ratio

    Less students in a classroom allows for greater interaction between students and faculty, and more opportunities to be involved in research and presentations.

  • Career Preparation

    Build an electronic portfolio which stays with you after graduation, and serves as a strong personal marketing source-portfolio for job interviews.

  • Get Involved with Student Organizations

    There are four Urban Education student organization that offer opportunities for students to attend conferences, receive professional development, and serve the community around a common education-related interest.

  • Previous College Credits Never Expire

    UHD is one of a few schools that accept transfer credits, regardless of age. In other words, your college credits don't ever expire!

  • Flexible Learning Options

    Many of our students are working mature adults who find our variety of night, day, online, and weekend classes attractive and flexible. We also offer the BAIS degree for several majors in our Northwest, Cy-Fair a

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See a list of our degree plans:

NEW! - Students declaring after August 31, 2018 will follow the new PD I-IV degree plan structure. If you declared September 1 or after, see your degree plans:

​Admission Requirement

UHD admission requirements must be met before admission to the College of Public Service is granted. Listed below are the requirements for both UHD as well as the College of Public Service:


UHD Admission

Minimum 2.0 GPA
  • 15 hours
  • Admit students throughout the year


College of Public Service Admission

  • General Education Core Completed
  • a 2.3 overall GPA (including grades from all colleges/universities attended)


Teacher Education Program Admission

  • minimum 2.5 overall GPA (including grades from all colleges/universities attended)
  • Successful completion (with a grade of "C" or higher) in all of the following within the last 12 hours before the PDs: 
    • College Algebra or Higher Math
    • Composition I and II
    • Life and Physical Science component
    • American History component
  • Formal application to the program and interview
​Ready to Apply?
  1. Apply online at
  2. Submit final official transcripts from all schools attended.
  3. Await instructions from the Admissions Office regarding acceptance, orientation and advising which are mandatory before you can enroll.

Once admitted to UHD, students are assisted by Advisors who guide the student until s/he qualifies for, and is admitted to a degree program. Declared or undeclared, a student receives course approvals from this Advising Center (AAC, One Main Street, 320-North) for a minimum of one term.

If declared and once the student earns a UHD GPA, s/he is transferred to CPS Advising (College of Public Service Advising). At this point, Advisors in the College of Public Service guide the student through their educational journey, all the way to graduation.

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  • Interactive application checklist to keep you on track.
  • $100 fee reimbursements towards application and testing expenses.
  • 1-on-1 expert advice for any question along the way.
  • How-to guides for eligibility, applications, testing and finances.

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More Information

We hope this information is useful to you. If you have any specific questions, please do not hesitate to ask at our link, and our friendly and professional staffers will be happy to assist you. Thank you again for your interest in UHD and the College of Public Service! Let us know how we can help you along your journey to attain your educational goals!

Last updated 8/6/2019 6:06 AM