For release: August 3, 2009
For press information, contact Curt Guenther, 901/678-2843
A graduate certification program designed specifically to prepare teachers to be effective
in urban schools is now being offered by the College of Education at the University
The certificate will be awarded after completion of a 12-credit-hour program, which
can be combined with a master’s or doctoral degree program. It integrates graduate
coursework with innovative learning experiences such as engaged scholarship, virtual
learning experiences, problem-solving strategizing with local leaders, and education
advocacy and activism.
The rationale behind the program is the creation of a critical mass of teachers who
are highly skilled in their field, who commit to education as a civil right for all
children, and who will be able to help children reach a high degree of educational
achievement. The participants in the program are also expected to be those who believe
that educating children is the basis for a high quality of life and a healthy economy.
“The University of Memphis, through its College of Education, is uniquely positioned
to offer an advanced emphasis such as this,” said Dr. Beverly Cross, who holds the
Chair of Excellence in Urban Education.
More information about the Graduate Certificate in Urban Education is available from
Dr. Cross via email at firstname.lastname@example.org
The College of Education boasts a distinguished faculty of 120 full-time scholars
in four departments and 16 research centers, including one of the University’s 25
Centers of Excellence – the Center for Research in Educational Policy – in addition
to the staff of the College’s laboratory schools: the Campus School, serving grades
one through six, and the Barbara K. Lipman Early Childhood School and Research Institute.
It is the oldest college at the University of Memphis and is one of Tennessee’s largest
producers of certified teachers as well as professionals for careers in nutrition
and dietetics, health and sports sciences, counseling, educational psychology, P-16
leadership, and educational research.