Skip to main content

College of Public Service

  • Mayra Hernandez: Leading in Education, Transforming Teaching

  • Urban education student organizations

    Urban Education Student Organizations Volunteer During Spring Break

    ​Student representatives from the UHD Urban Education Student Organizations joined together to support the Houston Public Library Foundation's fundraising campaign kick-off for the Barbara Bush Literacy Plaza. 

  • urban educators literacy society

    Urban Educator's Literacy Society Honors Fall 2016 Graduates

  • Around the World Israel Event

    UHD Students Inspired by Around the World Israel Event

  • Dr. Pohl's class

    UHD Urban Education Student Leader's Attend Leadership Retreat

  • New UHD Practicum Offers Students Hands-On Classroom Experience with English Language Learners

  • Link to the Latest News

    For The Latest News

    ​This is the place for the latest news for Urban Eduation in the College of Public Service at UHD.

  • College of Public Service

    Urban Education at the College of Public Service

    ​Find out what major suits you in the department of Urban Eduation.

Update: The Department of Urban Education was recently authorized by the Texas Education Agency to offer coursework leading to certification in EC-12 Special Education. This certification track will begin in Spring 2018. Interested students should contact the Urban Education Department if they want to seek this certification in order to receive information about the changes to the EC-6 Core Subjects with ESL Supplemental degree plan. 

For more information call (713)221-5349.

Urban Education

The Center for Houston's Future has rightly noted that educational attainment is the biggest predictor of success for cities and metro areas. A vibrant community requires great schools;
great schools need dynamic, highly qualified teachers.

UHD's Department of Urban Education understands and embraces its role in the greater Houston area as the intellectual and training center for teachers responsive to urban students. To assure that students in the UHD's Urban Education Department become successful urban teachers, we prepare them with the skills and knowledge necessary to teach our next generation.

We are dedicated to being partners in sustaining a strong, vibrant urban environment. To that end, UHD's Department of Urban Education certifies successful teachers who will prepare our next generations of society's leaders.

Everyone knows that schools will produce our next generation of leaders; every leader will point to a teacher who made a difference in her or his life. UHD is where those dedicated individuals became teachers.

Why UHD?

  • Houston's rapidly changing face as one of the most multicultural cities in the United States, coupled with its prominent role in the economy, health care, energy, shipping, and higher education presents an urgent need for teachers. UHD's Department of Urban Education addresses this demand by focusing on leading-edge curriculum design, innovative scheduling to meet student needs, and award-winning partnerships.
  • We continue to develop flexible course schedules responsive to working students' needs, engage in dynamic partnerships with districts to provide quality field experiences to prepare effective classroom teachers, and work with community colleges to enhance 2 + 2 programs to facilitate transfer of coursework, among other essential initiatives.
  • Our Department of Urban Education curriculum is a work always in progress. On-going conversations with students, community and business leaders, district and community college partners enable us to maintain a cutting edge, data-driven teacher preparation program.
  • UHD's Urban Education department has a successful track record of preparing urban teachers: 97% of our graduates work within 70 miles of Houston and have one of the highest five-year retention rates (87​%) in the field of urban education (the national rate is 50%).
  • 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. We offer flexible learning options to accommodate busy schedules.
  • 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.
  • 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

Program Concentrations


Texas Education Agency

For issues or complaints about this educator preparation program, visit the  T.E.A.(Texas Education Agency) webpage, or mail to Correspondence Management, Texas Education Agency, 1701 N. Congress, Austin, TX 78701.​

College of Public Service Webmaster
Last updated 8/25/2017 4:08 AM