Urban Pedagogy (for Teach For America Detroit corps members)
Degree: Master of Arts in Educational Studies
The Teach For America Master of Arts in Educational Studies program builds upon the School of Education’s Teach For America (TFA) interim certification program and the existing Master of Arts in Educational Studies program. It is a 30-credit program for TFA-Detroit corps members who are enrolled in the two-year interim certification program and who are interested in studying issues and practices pertinent to teaching and learning in urban contexts. It is appropriate for those who want to deepen their understanding of teaching and learning during their time in the TFA-Detroit corps and for those who imagine remaining in the profession beyond two years whether as a teacher, school leader, or policymaker.
As is the case with the existing Educational Studies MA Teaching & Learning thread on which this program is built, the Urban Pedagogy thread focuses on instructional “doing,” including learning about classroom practices, the development of classroom materials, and ways in which teaching occurs in classrooms. Students will gain the knowledge necessary to examine theory and research with a critical eye towards improving teaching and learning for all students.
Classes are cohorted and occur in the evenings or on Saturdays at the Ann Arbor campus or at the University of Michigan Detroit Center to accommodate corps members’ regular work schedules in Detroit-area schools. They are also scheduled so as not to conflict with required certification program courses, which are a legislated mandate for those teaching under an interim certification. Additionally, coursework done in the interim certification program is counted as credit in this master's degree plan, making it possible to complete both within the two years in the corps.
A generous scholarship award of up to $25,000 is available for non-resident students. This award is in addition to an $8000 credit of the certification program fees which is granted to all TFA corps members in the master's program. The total cost of the two-year certification program is $9700 (payable with an AmeriCorps award, if corps member is an award recipient). The estimated total cost of the master's degree program after the scholarship and credit is applied is approximately $21,000 for non-residents and $19,000 for residents. Students may also be eligible for additional financial aid and are encouraged to complete a FAFSA when applying to the program.
Sample Course Sequence
|Term (subject to change)||Courses (subject to change)|
|Fall of Year One||
|Winter of Year One||
EDUC 649 Foundational Perspectives on Educational Reform (3 credits)
Cognate: Any non-EDUC graduate course (1 credit)
|Spring of Year One||
|Fall of Year Two||
EDUC 490 Topics in Professional Education: Exceptionalities (3 credits)
|Winter of Year Two||
EDUC 695 Research and Educational Practice (3 credits)
EDUC elective (3 credits)
|Spring of Year Two||
EDUC 490 Credit for seminar course (3 credits)
EDUC 655 Credit for certification program portfolio (3 credits)
Cognate: Any non-EDUC graduate course (3 credits)
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Teach for America Interim Certification Program
University of Michigan
School of Education
610 E. University Avenue
Ann Arbor, MI 48109