Bachelor of Arts Degree in Urban Learning
The Bachelor of Arts degree in Urban Learning is an Integrated Elementary Subject Matter Preparation Program designed to prepare culturally responsive teachers for assignments in hard-to-staff diverse urban elementary (K-6) or special education (K-12 or B-21) classrooms. The major combines coursework emphasizing an interdisciplinary approach to understanding urban learning as a social phenomenon with teacher preparation. The major is supported by a depth area in the social sciences and preparation for either a Multiple Subject Credential (Elementary Education) or an Education Specialist (Special Education) Teaching Credential. Students who earn this degree and credential preparation must complete a minimum of 120-135 units to graduate. The requirements are described below. For additional information concerning this program, see the section on Basic Teaching Credentials .
Margaret D. Clark (Director), Paula Arvedson, Mario Castaneda, Anna Chee, Stephanie Evans, Ambika Raj, Anne Hafner, Manisha Javeri, Rebecca Joseph, Chogollah Maroufi, Allison Mattheis, Margaret Moustafa, Kimberly Persiani, Carlos Tejeda, Frederick L. Uy.
Prospective students must attend an orientation session, complete an application and interview, and meet with an adviser prior to enrolling in any courses. Upon completion of their GE requirements, students are grouped in small learning communities (cohorts) that support a climate conducive to building life-long professional networks, development of collaboration skills, and academic success. Students in the major are required to enroll in courses designated for their cohort each quarter.
Freshmen are encouraged to seek advisement from a ULRN adviser early and often to assure timely completion of General Education requirements and program application procedures prior to placement in a cohort.
The major is available to students who:
• Meet the general university requirements for admission as a first-year student or transfer student; and
• If a transfer student, attain a GPA of at least 2.67 in all undergraduate coursework.
• Meet with an Urban Learning program adviser and complete a program application
• Demonstrate suitable aptitude and disposition for teaching in public schools
Students are expected to satisfy all the requirements established by the Charter College of Education and the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing for admission into the credential option of choice during the first two quarters in a cohort.