Penn GSE

Urban Teaching Apprenticeship

Program

Penn undergraduates have multiple ways to engage with Penn GSE.

  1. Take a course
  2. Add a minor
  3. Submatriculate into a graduate program

Courses

Many Penn GSE courses are open to undergraduates and value their participation. Among the courses we recommend as a first step at Penn GSE are the following:

  • EDUC 202 – Urban Education (involves a field placement)
  • EDUC 326– Tutoring in an Urban Public School (with field)
  • EDUC 250 – Learning from Children (the instructor invites undergraduates into her own local public school classroom)
  • EDUC 414 – Children’s Literature
  • EDUC 513 – Development of the Young Child
  • EDUC 548 – American Education Reform: History, Policy, Practice

(The courses listed above may also be applied to minors listed below.)

Minor(s)

The seven-course undergraduate Urban Education Minor, a collaboration between Penn GSE’s Urban Teacher Apprenticeship Program (UTAP), Urban Studies, and the Netter Center for Community Service, offers undergraduates a more focused, goal-directed approach to the study of education.

Three concentrations meet the academic requirements for Pennsylvania certification. An additional semester of student teaching with supervision and field seminar complete those requirements. The three concentrations are PreK-4, Grades 4-8 with content specialty, and Grades 7-12 in one content area.

The fourth concentration is called Policy, Research, and Practice, and is a more academic approach to understanding urban education. This minor is much more flexible and can be molded around student interests while respecting particular categories of courses. Many students who wish to teach elect this broad base approach to learning about urban education and then submatriculate into an M.S.Ed. program through UTAP (see below.)

The requirements for minors are as follows:

Elementary Concentration (PreK-4)

Middle Years Concentration (Grades 4-8)

Secondary Concentration (Grades 7-12)

EDUC 202 or URBS 202

EDUC 202 or URBS 202

EDUC 202 or URBS 202

Approved Development Course

Approved Development Course

Approved Development Course

EDUC 414 or EDUC 250

EDUC 627 or EDUC 629, or EDUC 658 in correct content area

Pedagogy or curriculum course

EDUC 421 or ENVS 421 (ABCS)

EDUC 421 or ENVS 421 (ABCS)

Course in related content area (ABCS)

EDUC 520

EDUC 520

EDUC 627 or EDUC 629

EDUC 531

EDUC 531

EDUC 657

EDUC 540

EDUC 540

EDUC 540

Education, Policy, and Research Concentration

EDUC 202 or URBS 202

Approved Development Course

Urban Context Course

Teaching and Learning Course

ABCS course related to urban education

Elective – generally an education policy course

Capstone Course – Education research course, independent study, senior thesis, or other course with original research

For more information about the minors, contact Associate Director of UTAP NancyLee Bergey at nancylee@upenn.edu. Meeting with NancyLee Bergey is a requirement for the minor.

Submatriculation

The submatriculation program is an exclusive offer for juniors or seniors at the University of Pennsylvania to explore graduate education and apply up to two specific courses to both degrees, at no additional cost while they are full-time undergrads. In addition to Penn undergrads, students from the Quaker Consortium schools—Bryn Mawr College, Haverford College, and Swarthmore College—with a GPA of 3.0 or higher may apply to the Urban Teaching Apprenticeship submatriculation program at no additional cost while they are full-time undergrads at Quaker Consortium schools.

To discuss requirements and eligibility for your school, contact the representative for your school listed below:

Dr. Alice Lesnick – Director/Term Professor, Bryn Mawr/Haverford Education Program  

Dr. K. Ann Renninger - Dorwin P. Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and Social Action, and Chair Department of Educational Studies, Swarthmore College

Teacher Certification in Pennsylvania

Upon successful completion of all components of the teacher education program, including clearances, pre-requisite coursework, all required courses, and student teaching, students receive faculty recommendation for instructional 1 certification, which is awarded by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. PDE requires that all applicants for instructional 1 certification be either U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are willing to submit a form indicating intention of applying for U.S. citizenship.

All applicants for certification must have completed a minimum of two courses in English (one a writing course and one a British or American literature course) and two math courses. Upon admission to either the minor or the M.S.Ed., we work with students to determine if they need additional courses to satisfy these certification requirements. 

While we offer faculty recommendation for Pennsylvania certification, many of our students obtain Pennsylvania certification and then move to other states or countries. There is a NASDTEC Interstate Agreement to facilitate movement by teachers among states. We recommend, therefore, that students obtain Pennsylvania certification even if they plan to teach in other states.